Voluntary Traineeships

Voluntary Traineeships

(c) Marie Fooks

"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

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 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.

Application deadline: 9am Monday 8th July 2019

Interview Date and venue: Wednesday 17th July at Spurn

Start Date: August/September 2019

Nature Reserves Voluntary Trainee- North Cave Wetlands

Would you like to learn about wetland habitats at one of the fastest growing wetlands sites in Yorkshire? You really can watch nature progress before your eyes in this role!

As the North Cave Wetlands Voluntary Trainee you will join the Reserves Programme Manager, helping with site management and administrative tasks, practical habitat management, plus have the opportunity to lead community and educational events and visits. Much of this will take place at North Cave Wetlands; however there will also be opportunities to get involved with tasks happening across our other reserves in the area.

The role will be split between office-based tasks and practical habitat conservation work at North Cave Wetlands, other reserves in the area but with most time spent out and about at our nature reserves. You will develop skills and gain experience carrying out habitat management activities for example; invasive species removal, meadow management, surveying and monitoring, and 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 could include researching, writing and developing management plans, preparing and supervising contract works, writing small funding bids, fielding queries, as well as other reserves administration.

The role is for 12 months, for 3 days a week, come with a competitive training budget and travel expenses.

Closing Date: Monday 8th July 9am

Interview Date: Monday 15th July 9am

Start Date: August/September 2019

Living Landscapes Voluntary Trainee- Dearne Valley

Are you looking for experience to gain a career in nature conservation and public engagement? Look no further as this is the perfect opportunity for you! This exciting new opportunity combines the very best of what we do at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust- large scale landscape conservation, multi partnership working and the all-important educating people about the importance of our green spaces and hopefully inspiring them to take action and get involved!

The Fleets is a new multi-partner project within the heart of Barnsley with the aim to create a gateway site for the local community onto green sites across Barnsley including, but not limited to; Dearne Valley Country Park and the Trans-Pennine Trail.

This is an exciting opportunity to redevelop The Fleets urban green space into a wildlife haven; whilst also engaging the local community on their journey to eventually take ownership of the area; and provide a best practice example of how wildlife and people can live in harmony.

You’ll get a highly desirable mix of experience including a varied mix of habitats to work across so you can learn lots of different practical skills and identification skills. You’ll get to help plan and deliver both practical conservation task days and a series of engaging events to inspire local people about the project, plus you will get valuable experience when it comes to partnership working.

Office-based tasks will include researching, writing and developing management plans, preparing and supervising contract works, fielding queries, as well as other project administration.

The role is for 12 months, for 3 days a week, come with a competitive training budget and travel expenses.

Closing Date for applications: Monday 22nd July 2019 at 5pm

Interviews will be held at Potteric Carr Visitor Centre on Tuesday 6th August 2019