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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

People Engagement- Event and Ambassador opportunities

Invasive Plant Species Suveyor

Nature Reserve Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Stock Checkers

Marine Volunteering

Volunteering Open Day at the Living Seas Centre

We’ll be holding an open day on Saturday 17th February 2018 for you to come along find out more about the roles, meet some of the team and see the Living Seas Centre. Please contact us to book a place.

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 you their visit. We'd like some new people to join the team and makes our visitors days special. If you enjoy talking to people and being in a busy and friendly environment, whilst making sure people have an inspiring visit 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 Assistant

At the Living Seas Centre we run a range of events across the year to inspire people about nature, from school group visits to bookable events for the public. In this role you will help to deliver these activities, representing Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, and sharing your passion for nature with others providing a high quality visitor experience.

Tasks will include:

  • Assisting the Inspiring People Leader in the smooth running of events and sessions
  • Assist in preparing of equipment, resources and materials
  • Assist in room set up
  • Back mark groups so no one gets lost
  • Check in people on events attendance list
  • Meet and greet participants
  • Engage with visitors and communicate ‘onward messages’
  • Assist in the packing away of materials and equipment correctly
  • Feedback event attendance to co-ordinators or Education Officer
  • Run activities such as Seashore Safaris, Seashore Scavenger Hunts and Beach Cleans

Commitment: Flexible- we have events and education sessions running 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 Leader

In this role you will lead these activities, representing Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, and sharing your passion for nature with others providing a high quality visitor experience. You will also lead other volunteers in the Inspiring People Assistant role who will help to delivery these activities.

Tasks will include:

  • Delivering professional, high standard educational events and sessions to a wide range of people
  • Lead activities such as Seashore Safari, Seashore Scavenger Hunts and Beach Cleans
  • Responsible for safety of the group and volunteers
  • Communicating key messages to the participants
  • Signing attendees in and keeping an eye on numbers through event
  • Follow session plans
  • Perform 1st aid if needed
  • Organise the room layout, resources and materials for session
  • Inform Living Seas Centre Manager of any problems / lack of resources.
  • Ensure all equipment is packed away correctly and rooms are left tidy.
  • Promote the Trust wherever possible. E.g. Membership, shop, other sites
  • Meet and greet participants
  • Feedback event attendance to Living Seas Centre Manager

Commitment: Flexible- we have events and education sessions running 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

Volunteering Open Day at Spurn

We’ll be holding an open day on Sunday 4th February 2018 for you to come along find out more about the roles, meet some of the team and see the different aspects of Spurn. Please contact us to book a place.

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 had many 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 a welcome respite, deer and even a seal if you’re lucky! As there are so many interesting features on this site that is 3 miles in length, we need volunteers to help engage with visitors at our Info Hut and 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

Blue Bell Cafe Volunteer- Spurn National Nature Reserve

Our friendly cafe at the Blue Bell is 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: The cafe is open 10am-4pm winter months and between 9am-7pm summer months. 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

People Engagement- Event and Ambassador opportunities

Wildlife Event Volunteer

Nature is amazing and we want to tell everyone! Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is creating a county rich in wildlife and we want passionate, creative volunteers to help assist in running fun nature themed drop in events on nature reserves across Yorkshire. If you take delight in sharing your passion and seeing the wonder of nature ignite the imagination of children, you will certainly enjoy this role.

You’ll be involved in lots of fun educational and creative activities such as; pond dipping- catching freshwater invertebrates with families to show what lies beneath the water, sweeping netting for beautiful butterflies and grasshoppers to getting arty and crafty. There’s so many fun ways to reach people, so new ideas and activities are a great way to make our events even better. We’d welcome you to come with your own creative ideas about how we can share the wonder of nature and how we can protect it for generations to come. The role will be based from for York for training and your staff contact, however we want volunteers based across Yorkshire. The events will be taking place at Staveley, Askham Bog, Pearson Wildlife Garden, Moorlands, Adel Dam and North Cave.

Commitment: 1-2 days a month, we can be flexible to suit volunteer. There are some weekend and midweek sessions planned for school holidays.

Duration: This role is ongoing – Our event period is mainly between May and end of September, however we have events and shows outside of this period where we need help running activities to support the work of the membership recruiters.

Wildlife Ambassadors

Our habitats for wildlife in Yorkshire are diverse, though many species face threats from many things including; development and intensive agriculture. We’re working hard ensure nature stands a chance. We do this in this in many ways from frontline conservations works, campaigning and lobbying for change. One of our strongest lobbying tools is our amazing members, who stand by our side when we fight to save Yorkshire’s wildlife.

Our Wildlife Supporter Officers are usually the first point of contact for all our members, they are tasked with engaging with the public to make them aware of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, our work and encourage them to support us through membership. They work all across Yorkshire at our gateway sites, nature reserves and at events such as the Yorkshire Show and country fairs.

As a Wildlife Ambassador you would be assisting the WSO by talking to visitors at our sites and going to events with them, or you could fly solo and attend events local to you. You will be helping to spread the word in your ambassadorial role by raising awareness of the Trust and telling our stories that will inspire people to take action for wildlife.

We’d like to hear from you if; you enjoy being part of a team of passionate individuals, enjoy talking to people about the importance of nature conservation, would like telling our stories and be able to actively encourage people to join up should the moment arise. The role will be based from for York for training and your staff contact, however we want volunteers based across Yorkshire.

Commitment: Weekly/once a fortnight /once a month- the role can be flexible to suit volunteer. Volunteers will be emailed a diary with future event dates each month and you can choose which dates to volunteer. You can also find and book events near to where they live.

Duration: All year round

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