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Volunteering Opportunities in South Yorkshire

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To express your interest in any role please email volunteering@ywt.org.uk

Current Opportunities in South Yorkshire:

► Volunteering across South Yorkshire

► Potteric Carr Nature Reserve

► Practical Conservation Task Days

►Seasonal Survey Volunteering


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 where we need volunteers help to connect more people with nature. Have a look below to see what you could be doing soon.

Livestock Checkers help us to make sure the animals that form our conservation grazing programme are safe and sound. This autumn we’re welcoming a new flock of Hebridean sheep to our Carr Lodge reserve between Balby and Loversall. We’re looking for local people to help watch over our flock by visiting the site once a week or fortnight for roughly an hour. You won’t be needed to handle the sheep but use your keen observation skills to check all is well, count the sheep and report any injuries or illness to Yorkshire Wildlife Trust staff. No prior knowledge is required as full training is provided.
 

Commitment: Once per week or fortnight

Schools Ambassadors are inspiring local primairy schools by telling the amazing story of our local wildlife during assemblies. If you have experience of delivering inspiring presentations, have a passion for nature and can spare a morning or afternoon every 2-4 weeks we’d love to have you in our team. Full training is provided before school visits and normally volunteers work in pairs to collect packs from our Potteric Carr Nature Reserve and then deliver pre-arranged assemblies at local schools. We will be looking for new volunteers in this role in spring 2018.

Commitment: Once per fortnight or month

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.

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 an Inspiring People Assistant you will help to deliver activities, representing Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, and sharing your passion for nature with others providing a high quality visitor experience.

In this role you will:

  • Assist with activities such as pond dipping, minibeast hunts and craft activities
  • Prepare and pack away equipment, resources and room space before and after events
  • Back mark groups so no one gets lost
  • Ensure participants have a great time with us by sharing your knowledge of nature and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
  • Assist with event admin such as registers and feedback forms
  • Promote the Trust wherever possible

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

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

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

Vehicle Maintenance Volunteer

Help us keep our fleet of vehicles at Potteric Carr Nature Reserve running.

As part of our work across Yorkshire, we regularly have to visit reserves and partnership sites. We’re looking for a volunteer to check our 4 vehicles, and make sure they are running smoothly and safely, and that they are clean and useable. A good understanding of car maintenance is required but you don't need to be a mechanic!

Commitment: 2 hours per week, preferable on a Saturday or Sunday.

Tearoom Volunteer

Join our friendly team to help welcome visitors, serve food and keep the tearooms looking spick and span, in the beautiful Kingfisher Tearoom at Potteric Carr Nature Reserve. No 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 reserves near Doncaster (contact volunteering@ywt.org.uk for more information):

As part of our Reconnecting the Humberhead Levels project we run regular practical and monitoring task days across the area. These alternate between Wednesdays and Fridays.

The Humberhead Levels Partnership is helping to create an internationally renowned, unique network of wetlands in a predominantly agricultural landscape, whilst supporting thriving communities and wildlife. One of its key aims is to work with local businesses, landowners, communities and other organisations to achieve sustainable land management practices.

For more information about this project please contact michael.rogers@ywt.org.uk .

We run task days in the Barnsley and Dearne Valley area every Friday between 10am and 3pm at various locations. For more information about these dates please contact pete.wall@ywt.org.uk



Survey Volunteers

Our teams across Yorkshire carry out many surveys during the spring and summer months. If you're interested in any of the below volunteering opportunities plesae do contact us, but these roles will not become active until spring 2017.

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 - http://www.ywt.org.uk/planttracker) or the Yorkshire Wildlife Trusts own INNS Mapper (link to the YWT webpage - http://ywt-data.org/inns-mapper/home) 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 invasives@ywt.org.uk

Duration: April to August


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