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Volunteering in South Yorkshire

Potteric Carr Credit Tom MarshallPotteric Carr Credit Tom Marshall

Have a look at the opportunities below or email if you can 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


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

There's lots to get involved with at Potteric Carr. Whether you're inside or outside, with people or on your own, read on to find your perfect role...

Could you be a Garden Volunteer? We're looking for volunteers who can share their passion for wildlife gardening with others and be part of a friendly team who will plan, create and maintain our wildlife garden next to the visitor centre at Potteric Carr. Volunteers will also be involved in running events in this exciting space to get the wider community into the garden and learning how to bring nature into their own gardens. This new group of volunteers will meet once or twice a month on Saturdays, Sundays or Monday. For more information email

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

Our Optics Hosts answer visitor questions about tleescopes and binoculars and help them decide which equipment is right for them at our regualr Optics Days. If you know your Swarovski from your Zeiss and enjoy talking to people this is the role for you!

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

Our 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. 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.

We're currently looking for expert surveyors in:

- Dragonflies

- Flora

- Breeding birds

We're currently  planning surveys that anyone can get involved with (no experience needed) for:

- Water voltes

- Reptiles

- Deer damage

Natural Flood Management Water Level Surveyor

At our Maltby Low Common nature reserve we're working to improve the flow of the river Torne and it's tributaries. By using natural processes we're slowing the flow and adding capacity to the reserve to hold more water when levels get high. This is ground breaking conservation and we want to measure how well the project is meeting it's aims.

We're looking for volunteers who can visit the site once per month, and measure ground water levels and take a few water quality samples too. The results will be brought in to our south regional office at Potteric Carr to be logged.

If you can spare a couple of hours each month please get in touch for more details to

Invasive Plant 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

Duration: April to August