Voluntary Traineeships

Voluntary Traineeships

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"My traineeship in two words? Knowledge bomb!"

Our voluntary trainees tell us that it’s the knowledge, responsibilities and support they receive that makes their time with us so valuable. Most are looking for a career in conservation and in the last year over 60% have gone on into paid conservation roles.

Each year over 40 people volunteer as trainees with us, each spending time within a specific team. They learn the skills to create a Yorkshire rich in wildlife; whether it’s creating wet woodlands to reduce flooding, managing an urban nature reserve, inspiring schools about the seas or designing our next social media campaign!

Voluntary traineeships are open to anyone, although we do expect you to have some experience in the role you’re applying for. Roles are normally 6-12 months long and for 3 days per week. They are based across our sites but are normally at one of our regional offices. Along with reasonable travel expenses and a competitive training budget trainees also have access to our fantastic volunteer training programme which is open to all of our volunteers.

Our Opportunities

Yorkshire Peat Partnership Voluntary Trainee

Peatlands are a unique and valuable habitat of which only 4% remain undamaged in the UK. Yorkshire alone contains nearly 70,000 hectares of upland peat almost all of which has been subject to drainage, wildfire, overgrazing or recreational pressure.

Yorkshire Peat Partnership’s (YPP) objective is to substantially increase the amount of peatland restoration activity in Yorkshire’s uplands through a combination of restoration, management and monitoring. Through our work want to preserve the peat that remains and help to reinstate functioning, peat forming ecosystems. This will help restore the hydrological processes, increase biodiversity and reduce the amount of carbon loss.

In this role you will be working alongside the YPP Research Officer to feed into the three-year research project investigating the ecosystem service impacts of peatland restoration. If you like the idea of being out in the field collecting data (vegetation, hydrological and greenhouse gas flux surveying) in some of Yorkshires most beautiful landscape, combined with analysis of the data when you’re back in the office; this could be just the role for you.

The role is for 12 months and will be between 2-3 days a week; days can be flexible, although at certain times of year restrictions of site access will require the trainee to be available on specified days of the week. Weekend work will also be required on a rota system.

You can expect a competitive training budget, travel expenses and you will be based at our offices in Skipton.

Application deadline: 9am Monday 13th May 2019 

Interview Date and venue: Thursday 28th May 2019 at our Skipton office

Start Date: June 2019

Wildlife Planning Voluntary Trainee

At Yorkshire Wildlife Trust in our Conservation Policy and Planning team we have two Conservation Planning Officers covering the whole of Yorkshire who comment and give advice on a wide range of planning applications. The team comment on applications from small scale housing developments, to huge new housing estates with hundreds of homes in the offing. New roads, new power stations and railways are all developments that are increasing, which impact on Yorkshire’s wildlife and put enormous pressure on our wild places.

Now more than ever due to the speed and ferocity that the development of built infrastructure (roads, railway, etc.) and new homes are appearing, do we need to speak up for wildlife. The Conservation Planning Officers, give expert advice to developers, local authorities and businesses. Their role is to object to any development that will have a detrimental effect on wildlife but to also advise how development can be sympathetic towards and make gains for wildlife and our natural environment. The team would like an enthusiastic and passionate individual with some experience of the planning system wanting to gain further skills. Knowledge and skills will be learnt through helping with responding to consultations to ensure that we can give the best possible advice to Local Authorities and developers.

You can expect a competitive training budget, access to the internal volunteer training programme and travel expenses of up to £10 a day.

The role is for 2-3 days a week and for 6 months, there is flexibility with days and this can be discussed at the interview. Depending on the candidate the role can be based in York or Doncaster.

Application deadline: Monday 13th May 9am 2019

Interview Date and venue: W/C 20th May 2019 in York

Start Date: June 2019

Living Seas Centre Voluntary Trainee

We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed voluntary trainee to help support our team whilst gaining valuable experience through engaging with visitors in the Living Seas Centre, running public events, assisting with and delivering schools education sessions, assisting with our project work and promoting our wider Trust messages within the Living Seas work stream.

The Living Seas team at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is going from strength to strength with Living Seas really moving up the conservation agenda. We have now entered our 7th year at the Living Seas Centre in Flamborough and our Discovery Room is proving popular destination. From the Living Seas Centre we run an extensive programme of public awareness events and formal schools education visits, that enthuse and inspire people about our marine environment. If you would like to share your passion about our Living Seas with others then we would like you to apply for this role.

The role is for 6-12 months, for 3 days a week between Thursday- Tuesday with some weekend days and comes with a competitive training budget and travel expenses and based in Flamborough. The role will start in May/June 2019.

Please see the role description for further information about this role.

If you would like to apply for this opportunity, please use the Voluntary Trainee Application Form found at the bottom of the page.

Please return your completed application form to volunteering@ywt.org.uk

Closing Date for applications: Wednesday 8th May 2019 at 9am

Interview Date: Thursday 16th May at the Living Seas Centre

Spurn Reserve Voluntary Trainee

We want a new Voluntary Trainee to join the team at Spurn National Nature Reserve that is enthusiastic, dynamic and a real people person that can help us with our work, while learning plenty of new skills for yourself. Spurn is one of Yorkshire's most interesting and ever changing wildlife and heritage sites, its unique landscape is a draw to many visitors and never fails to inspire others about the importance of nature conservation. As a Spurn Reserve Voluntary Trainee you will gain a wide range of skills and knowledge centred on reserve management, visitor engagement and running a programme of events at a large visitor centre.

We opened our new Discovery Centre last year, which is a fantastic addition to the nature reserve and refurbished Lighthouse. Spurn is a must see destination with so much to see and do; there's heritage, history and wildlife galore! This is an amazing opportunity to be part of the exciting developments at Spurn and help make it an exceptional place to visit. You will be involved in helping to plan and deliver practical reserve management; be part of the visitor experience by welcoming visitors on site and to the new Discovery Centre and providing essential information; helping out in the cafe and retail areas and also assisting with the varied and interesting programme of events that we have at Spurn. The variety of tasks you will be able to take part in should provide a good mix of skills for those who wish to work in the conservation sector and would be an attractive addition to your CV.

The role is for 6-12 months, depending on what candidates prefer and will be 3 days a week, with some potential weekend availability. This will ideally be a residential placement with accommodation provided close to the reserve or onsite with all utility bills paid.

A driving license is essential for this role as Spurn is a remote location with little public transport and you will also need to be able to drive YWT vehicles to get around the site.

The role comes with a competitive training budget and access to our internal training plan.

Closing Date: Monday 29th April 2019 at 9am

Interview Date: Week commencing 13th May 2019 and will be held at Spurn

Inspiring People Voluntary Trainee- Spurn NNR

Would you like a career in environmental education and spend your days teaching people about the wonders of nature?

We have an amazing new opportunity for an Inspiring People Voluntary Trainee to join the team at Spurn to learn and gain valuable experience whilst assisting with the delivery of our education and events programme.

Spurn National Nature Reserve is an inspiring and informative place to visit that provides an excellent setting for education sessions and public engagement events. With the completion of the Spurn Discovery Centre we have had a significant increase in visitor numbers and schools using the centre and site for enjoyment and study. We have a fantastic offer for a wide variety of interests from natural history, maritime study and military history. To help us reach people and engage with visitors and guests to Spurn, we have a dedicated education space in the Discovery Centre and also at our finger tips, or under our boots is the reserve itself; the lighthouse, varied habitats, layers of history and wildlife galore.

If you have bags of enthusiasm, enjoy working with people of all ages and want to be part of this exciting phase of a national nature reserve’s development, then we’d like to hear from you.

The role is for 6 months and will be 3 days a week, with some potential weekend availability. This will ideally be a residential placement with accommodation provided close to the reserve or onsite with all utility bills paid.

A driving license is essential for this role as Spurn is a remote location with little public transport and you will also need to be able to drive YWT vehicles to get around the site.

The role comes with a competitive training budget and access to our internal training plan.

If you’d like to apply for this role please complete the application form and return it to volunteering@ywt.org.uk

Closing Date for Applications: Monday 29th April at 9am

Interview Date: W/C 13th May and will be held at Spurn