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

Northern Living Landscapes Voluntary Trainee x 2

Across North Yorkshire, our reserves team carries out vital practical conservation tasks, leading volunteer groups and carrying out office-based reserve management to enhance and protect nature. We are offering the opportunity for two new voluntary trainees to gain valuable experience within this team and develop skills in all aspects of habitat management.

Our reserves in North Yorkshire are incredible sites where you can see wildlife spectacles throughout the year. From the vast wetland bird haven at Staveley, to the flower-rich limestone grasslands of Burton Leonard Lime Quarries, with these opportunities you can expect to gain valuable experience in nature reserve management across a broad range of fascinating habitats and locations.

Both roles will be split between office-based tasks and practical habitat conservation work on various public nature reserves throughout North Yorkshire, with most time spent at our reserves nature reserves. You will develop skills and gain experience carrying out habitat management activities such as scrub clearance, ragwort pulling, livestock management, fence and gate repairs and rubbish removal, amongst a variety of other jobs. Tasks often involve working with local volunteers to manage sites and part of the role will include leading volunteer groups in practical activities.

Office-based work will include researching, writing and developing management plans, preparing and supervising contract works, writing funding bids, fielding queries, as well as other reserves administration.

Both roles are for 12 months, for 3 days a week, come with a competitive training budget and travel expenses. There are the following roles available:

  1. Northern Living Landscapes Voluntary Trainee- Harrogate and Ripon Reserves with York head office as a base
  2. Northern Living Landscapes Voluntary Trainee- Hambleton, Ryedale and Scarborough Reserves with York head office as a base

The closing date for applications is Monday 7th Jnauary 2019 at 9am. Interviews will be held at York head office on 17th January 2019 with a hope to have the successful applicants start in February 2019

Soak It Up Project Voluntary Trainee

Ever heard of SuDS?

If you haven’t, don’t worry as not many people have and that's why we’re on a mission to teach people all about Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) with our fantastic new project- Soak It Up! We’re proud to be delivering this engaging new project in partnership with Yorkshire Water, through the project we will deliver a programme of events and practical works with schools across north and south Yorkshire that will life the profile of SuDs.

As a Soak It Up Voluntary Trainee you will be involved in project delivery, that will help young people to understand the reality of the urban water cycle and how small interventions can help improve drainage and take pressure out of our existing drainage systems.

You’ll be out and about lots visiting schools, and setting up events and practical works to deliver at the schools that want to take part in the project. This is a unique opportunity where you will get to learn all the aspects associated with project management and delivery, learn about SuDs and how to implement changes that can have a positive effect for people, wildlife and drainage systems.

The role is for 6 months, for 2-3 days a week (flexible with the needs of the voluntary trainee), based in Doncaster, come with a competitive training budget and travel expenses.

Closing date for applications is Monday 7th January 2019

Interviews will be held at Potteric Carr Doncaster on Thursday 17th January 2019 with a hope to have the successful applicants start in February 2019