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Volunteering in South Yorkshire

Potteric Carr Credit Tom MarshallPotteric Carr Credit Tom Marshall

To express your interest in any role please email

New Year New You! Find out more about volunteering near you...

Many of us look to a new year as a chance to do something a little different. Whether it's getting fitter or simply doing more of what you love. Perhaps you're on a promise to make time to catch up with friends and maybe make some new ones along the way. You could be wanting to do more for others, or, just as importantly, for yourself.

There's a multitude of New Year resolutions you could make...and you could cover them all off in one go through volunteering. The benefits are well documented, from boosting confidence and learning new skills, to meeting new people and feeling part of a wider community. Even simply having fun!

Have a look at the opportunities below or email is you can't find what you're looking for.

Current Opportunities in South Yorkshire:

► Volunteering across South Yorkshire

► Potteric Carr Nature Reserve

► Practical Conservation Task Days

►Seasonal Survey Volunteering

►People Engagement- Event and Ambassador opportunities

Volunteering across South Yorkshire

We have so many exciting things you can get involved with! As well as our fantastic Potteric Carr Nature Reserve on the edge of Doncaster we have a set of satelite reserves which we care for as well as lots of community activities and wider projects where we need volunteer's help to connect more people with nature. Have a look below to see what you could be doing soon.

Volunteering Development Volunteers

Are you a whizz with a spreadsheet and nosey about what's going on around you? We're looking for volunteers to help us learn about Yorkshire and get more people involved and connected to nature in 2018.

The Volunteering Development Team are looking for volunteers to help reasearch local communities and promote volunteering across the county. We have two roles we're looking for help with:

Research Volunteer:

You'll work from home researching a small area or postcode. You'll be sent an empty spreadsheet and we ask you to fill it with as much information about local groups, community centres or businesses as you can. We want to know where we can send or put up posters and which groups might be happy to share our volunteer roles with their members.

Commitment: Spend as much or as little time as you have. From 15 minutes a week to a whole day.

Volunteer Development Volunteer:

Volunteering at our Potteric Carr office you'll develop posters and recruitment campaigns to send out for specific volunteer roles. It might be getting more gardeners for our farm site near Huddersfield or finding inspiring people to lead events in communties around Doncaster. Whatever the role you'll take charge from start to finish for each project, dealing with enquiries and application forms until the role is filled.

Commitment: 2-7 hours per week.

We're looking for people with good computer literacy and an eye for detail. Applicants should be interested in researching local communities and have a drive to connect people with nature.

For more information please email

Volunteering at Potteric Carr Nature Reserve

At Potteric Car we run a range of events throughout the year to connect people with nature because it's amazing! Volunteers run the majority of these events from school group visits to activities for the public.We need passionate, inspiring volunteers to share the wonders of nature with others.

As an Inspiring People Leader you will lead 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.

In this role you will:

  • Deliver professional, high standard events to a wide range of people
  • Lead activities such as pond dipping, minibeast hunts and craft activities
  • Be responsible for the safety of participants and volunteers
  • Perform 1st aid if needed
  • Prepare and pack away equipment, resources and room space before and after events
  • Ensure participants have a great time with us by sharing your knowledge of nature and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
  • Promote the Trust wherever possible

Commitment: One or two days (weekend or week day) per month

Our team of Guided Walk Leaders help visitors to discover the hidden gems of Potteric Carr; whether it’s an introduction for those new to the site or exploring the archaeology, fungi, birds and plants that can be found at this fantastic place for wildlife. If you have a specialist subject that’s found on this reserve and the communication skills to inspire others about it we’d love to have you in our team. Full training is provided before you deliver walks and normally volunteers work in pairs to give the best experience to visitors.

Commitment: Once a month

As a Guide in the Hide you will be based in a specific hide for a few hours of at a time. You'll greet visitors, point out wildlife to visitors (whether rare or common) and explain how Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is acting to protect the habitats on site for wildlife. Excellent knowledge of British wildlife is usful for this role.

Commitment: A few hours per week. We are particulalrly looking for volunteer on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

As a Welcome Assistant you will be part of a team of staff and volunteers involved in all aspects of running the welcome area and retail shop in our new visitor centre.

In this role you will:

  • Welcome visitors, showing them a site map and explaining recent wildlife highlights
  • Take admissions and retail sales using the till system
  • Upkeep the shop (checking stock levels, tidying, refilling outdoor display bird feeders)
  • Provide advice to visitors on both the nature reserve and retail products
  • On visitors' return from the reserve asking how the visit has gone, updating the “Recent Sightings” board and encouraging visitors to become members, visit the café or buy products from the shop

Commitment: Half a day per week. We are particulalrly looking for volunteer on Thursdays and Fridays

Join our friendly team of cafe volunteers who are keeping us all well fed as well as raising essentail funds to support Yorkshires wildlife. Take orders, clear tables and keep the kettle boiling while serving food and drink in our cafe at Potteric Carr Nature Reserve. You'll be hard pushed toNo previous experience is needed,  so if you can do service with a smile but also have an eye for keeping things clean and tidy we'd love to hear from you!

Commitment: We're looking for volunteers on every day of the week! During the week we need help between 12 noon and 4pm and at the weekend we need help from 9am until 1pm.

Duration: Ongoing.

Practical Conservation Task Days across South Yorkshire

Practical Task days run across South Yorkshire. Download out latest Practical Conservation Calendar to find out more >> here!

Join our practical conservation team across South Yorkshire and help out with all the vital site tasks, such as scrub-clearing, habitat management and site maintenance, needed to keep these sites great for wildlife and for people!

Commitment: There is no obligation to come to every task day, you're welcome to come along to as many or as few as you like.

We run task days at the following sites across South Yorkshire:

Survey Volunteers

Our teams across Yorkshire carry out many surveys during the spring and summer months. In 2018 we will be looking for volunteers to survey dragonflies, watervoles, willow tits, reptiles, deer and plants. The survey season varies for different species but will span from February to October. We have volunteering roles for experts and novices so please drop an email if you're interested in surveying.

Willow Tit Surveyor

Small, stocky and quietly coloured, willow tits are the UK’s most threatened resident bird. We’ve lost 94% of them since the 1970s! The Dearne Valley is one of few places where a population survives. Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is working with partners to help willow tits in the Barnsley area by ensuring there is good, well connected habitat for them. We need to understand better what sort of areas this bird likes best, and how much of it they need to thrive so we’re looking for local people to get involved!

We’re looking for experienced bird watchers to help with these surveys in 2018 and beyond. Volunteers will be able to choose from a set of survey sites in the Barnsley area and asked to complete two surveys in March. Training, using the playback method, for all surveyors will be provided by a local expert on the 23rd February (other sessions may be available).

Our surveys only take a few hours so why not get in touch to find out how you can be a part of this exciting project? Email for more details.

Invasive Plant Species Surveyor

Invasive Non-Native Species (or INNS) are one of the major challenges for the conservationists of today because they are the second largest driver of biodiversity loss worldwide. They out-compete our native species, contribute to erosion and flooding and cost our government £1.7 billion each year.

Join our team of survey volunteers between April and October to help monitor the spread of Invasive Non-Native Species across Yorkshire’s river network. Using the innovative Plant Tracker app (link to the YWT webpage - or the Yorkshire Wildlife Trusts own INNS Mapper (link to the YWT webpage - you’ll be helping to collect data to feed into a national project fighting the spread of these problematic plants. We are currently looking for surveyors in South and West Yorkshire in the Don & Rother and Aire & Calder catchment. It can all be done in your local patch while out for a stroll or walking your dog, or on a river of your choice.

As an INNS Surveyor you will receive all the necessary training to recognise the invasive non-native species and record your sightings, so there’s no experience required.

If you are interested in becoming an INNS surveyor, please contact

Duration: April to August

People Engagement Opportunities

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