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Volunteering Opportunities in East Yorkshire

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To express your interest in any role please email

Current Opportunities in East Yorkshire:

Marine and Coastal Volunteer Opportunities

Spurn National Nature Reserve Opportunites

Invasive Non Native Species Suveyor

Nature Reserve Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Stock Checkers

Marine Volunteering

Welcome Volunteer- Living Seas Centre, Flamborough

Our Living Seas Centre is a gateway to the wonderful marine wildlife found on Yorkshire's east coast. Here you will find a warm welcome, lots of passionate volunteers and staff to enthuse visitors about the marine environment and what they could see on their visit to the east coast.

We'd like some new people to join the team and help make our visitors day special. If you enjoy talking to people and being in a busy and friendly environment, whilst making sure people have an inspiring visit and learning about the marine environment, we would like to hear from you.

Commitment: Flexible- the centre is open weekdays and at weekends. You could help out with half a day a month to a day a week, the choice is yours!

Duration: Ongoing

Inspiring People Coordinator

To help us ensure all our events and education sessions are running smoothly we are looking for someone who likes to organise, draw up rota's and forward plan to make sure it all happens on the day for our visitors. We'd like an Inspiring People Coordinator to liaise with Inspiring People volunteers to ensure we have the right people and equipment on the right day to lead and assist events and educational sessions. You'll be liasing with the Inspiring People volunteers and other volunteers while working closely with the Living Seas Centre Manager on a variety of tasks that include:

  • Confirm volunteers to lead events and sessions and keep a rota via email and phone calls
  • Ensure event posters are distributed out into the community
  • Record event feedback
  • Keep in touch with the local schools we work with
  • Other admin tasks at the LSC

Commitment: Flexible- a couple of hours a week to suit and you could even be home based with this role.

Duration: Ongoing

Waves of Waste Coordinators - East Yorkshire Coast

Could you organise a clean up of your local beach four times a year and build up a committed squad of friends or locals to help you? You’ll also take charge of your team’s kit and help with promoting the events and liaising with Trust staff. We are looking for volunteer coordinators with some experience and interest in running small events, working with children, families and the general public to keep our beautiful coast line free from litter.

Commitment: Approximately 12 days per year
Duration: Ongoing

Spurn National Nature Reserve Opportunities

Free Volunteer Accommodation at Spurn: Spurn is an isolated location so to make our volunteer opportunities more accessible to potential volunteers we are offering free accommodation to volunteers. This is within a static caravan close to the reserve or within a shared cottage on the reserve. If you are interested in volunteering at Spurn and would like free accommodation please contact for more details.

*New Role* Discovery Centre Volunteer- Spurn National Nature Reserve

Volunteers in the Discovery Centre will be the first port of call for our visitors and you’ll be ready and waiting to tell people about what they can expect to see & do on their visit and tell them about the work we do.  You’ll be a great people person, enjoy communicating with everyone and sharing your passion and enthusiasm for wildlife, and Spurn’s other heritage with them.

You will serve customers as they buy items from the shop, answer any questions they have and take any feedback about their visit.  To further the work we do, you will encourage visitors to support Yorkshire Wildlife Trust through memberships.

 If you enjoy being part of a lively team and want to be part of the exciting new developments at Spurn, we’d love to hear from you.

Commitment: A few hours to a full day, the choice is yours and we have opportunities on weekdays or weekends.

Duration: Ongoing

Lighthouse Keepers- Spurn National Nature Reserve

The Lighthouse at Spurn has undergone a major restoration project and is now a Heritage must see for visitors to the area. The Lighthouse tells the story of Spurn which spans across five floors. The various new interpretation will enable visitors to get a glimpse into the past of this unique place and the journey concludes at the top of lighthouse where visitors will get a chance to see what Spurn is like from the top of the Lighthouse.

You'll definately need a head for heights for this role! We need you to inspire and interact with our visitors while they are in the Lighthouse by bringing the story of Spurn to life through talking to them and sharing knowledge about the history and changing landscape that is Spurn today. We're looking for someone who likes to talk to people and ignite their imagination.You must be physically fit as you will be required to ascend and descend several flights of narrow steps in the Lighthouse whilst volunteering.  Local knowledge is desirable but not essential as you will receive training in the history of the site.

Commitment: The Lighthouse is open Friday-Monday during the summer season, full and half day sessions are available as part of a rota with staff and volunteers.

Duration: Ongoing

Spurn Volunteer Ranger- Spurn National Nature Reserve 

Spurn National Nature Reserve has many features that draw visitors from all over including; wildlife, heritage and history. Spurn has different uses by humans over the years and you can see the rich history of the landscape right before your eyes, not to mention the abundance of wildlife; wading birds on the salt marshes, kestrels hunting, rare migrants popping in for a welcome respite, deer and even seals if you’re lucky! As there are so many interesting features on this site that is 3 miles in length, we'd like volunteers to help engage with visitors at specific points on the site at high tides and to help keep people safe.

You'll be part of a team of volunteers who help to make Spurn a fantastic place to visit, you'll like spending time talking to people and helping them to have an inspiring day. Full training and induction to the role will be given, you'll just need to bring lots of enthusiasm and a willingness to make each visitors trip to Spurn a memorable one!

Commitment: A few hours to a full day, the choice is yours and we have opportunities on weekdays or weekends. 

Duration: Ongoing

Cafe Volunteer- Spurn National Nature Reserve

Our friendly cafe in the new Discovery Centre will be busy filling up our visitors with tasty treats, so we are looking for enthusiastic volunters to help out at peak periods. The cafe serves hot and cold sandwiches, light meals, cakes, pastries and drinks. Ingredients and products are sourced locally from quality producers and we even stock a small range of gifts. As a volunteer you will help to serve customers, prepare food and help to keep the cafe looking spotless. If you enjoy meeting new people and can spare a few hours a week then we would like to hear from you.

Commitment: Whether it's a few hours a month to a day a week we can accommodate hours to fit around you.

Duration: Ongoing

Practical Conservation Volunteer- Spurn

There's always practical tasks to do at Spurn due ti shear size as a nature reserve and also because of the mosaic of habiats supported on this National Nature Reserve. We would like to build a strong volunteer group who will assist on all practical conservation task days. Potentially you will be assisting in:

  • maintaining paths
  • health and safety of site users
  • assist with wide variety of practical management works e.g. scrub clearance, raking, fencing, planting
  • assist with volunteer work parties on the reserve
  • help with tool maintenance and inventory
  • introduction of tasks to other volunteers

Commitment: Currently we run task days on the 1st Wednesday of the month but we are hoping to run more.

Duration: Ongoing

Nature Reserve Volunteer Opportunities

Wildlife Gardener- Pearson Wildlife Garden, Hull

Join the team of garden volunteers to maintain and develop the wildlife garden for wildlife and its visitors. Tasks will include weeding, pruning, planning and developing the vegetable garden. There will also be opportunities to carry out tool checks and other onsite tasks. The group meets every Friday at Pearson Wildlife Garden next to the Park. The session is 10am-2pm.

Commitment: Flexible

Duration: Ongoing

East Yorkshire Reserves - Practical Conservation Task Day Volunteer

Join our friendly teams of staff and volunteers on practical work days at some of our East Yorkshire Nature Reserves. Tasks could include path maintenance, vegetation clearance, raking, fencing, planting, helping with tool maintenance and survey work.

Please see our latest Practical Conservation Calendar which lists practical task days, contacts, and more details of how you can get involved.

Volunteer Roving Ranger - North Cave Wetlands

As a Roving Ranger you will be a welcome face to the reserve and act as a walking information point to customers who may be less familiar with the site
You must be confident and enjoy talking to people, be friendly and approachable and most importantly inspiring about the reserve. Knowledge of the reserve and a keen interest in wildlife would be a bonus but can be learnt.

Commitment: Flexible

Duration: Ongoing

Volunteer Livestock Checkers

Would you enjoy visiting sites with grazing animals and help us assess their general welfare? We are looking for volunteers to help us care for our livestock grazing our sites. Training will be provided. You will need to have access to a car to drive to sites; unless you live within walking distance to the reserves where the livestock are grazing.

Where we need volunteers:

Commitment: Flexible, a weekly commitment is ideal.
Duration: Ongoing

Invasive Non Native Species Surveyor

Aliens are invading Yorkshire! Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) are the second largest threat to global biodiversity (just below habitat loss) and all along Yorkshire’s waterways we can see the colonisation spreading year by year. Yorkshire Wildlife Trust are on the front line, battling the tide of INNS such as Himalayan balsam and Japanese knotweed. To win, we need volunteers to help us.

This year we’re taking the fight to them with a team of volunteer INNS surveyors, Task Day Leader balsam bashers and INNS treatment experts. This team of volunteers will tell us where INNS are and help to treat them where it’s needed most urgently. This will make all the difference to turning the tide on INNS across the county.

If you are interested in becoming an INNS surveyor or balsam basher please contact