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

Northern Living Landscapes Trainee- Craven Area

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 incredible woodlands, to the flower-rich meadows found in the Yorkshire Dales, with this opportunity you can expect to gain valuable experience in nature reserve management across a broad range of fascinating habitats and locations.

The will be split between office-based tasks and practical habitat conservation work on various public nature reserves throughout North Yorkshire in the Craven area (Ingleborough), with most time spent at our reserves nature reserves. You will develop skills and gain experience carrying out habitat management activities such as tree planting, drystone walling, surveying and monitoring, 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.

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

Interviews will be held at our Skipton office on either 11th or 12th March 2019

Closing Date for applications: Monday 18th February 2019 at 9am

Inspiring People Voluntary Trainee- Potteric Carr

We are looking for a new voluntary Trainee who is great with people of all ages and has bags of enthusiasm for wildlife and learning. You will be involved in the planning of a diverse events and education programme at Potteric Carr nature reserve in Doncaster working with families, adult learning, and sessions aimed at improving health and wellbeing.

You will be assisting with the development and delivery of a wide range of environmental education activities, family events during school holidays, Forest Tots sessions, talks, workshops, training events, home education sessions, open days and school visits. This traineeship will enable your communication and presentation skills to develop, which will assist in confidence building, and knowledge building. As you will be based at Potteric Carr nature reserve and through this you will also gain invaluable ID skills and management experience alongside experienced staff.

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who is wants to have a career in the environmental education sector. For more information please see the role description below and if you would like to apply for this role use the application form and return it to volunteering@ywt.org.uk

The role is for 12 months, for 3 days a week, come with a competitive training budget, access to the internal volunteer training programme (free) and travel expenses.

Closing Date for applications: Wednesday 27th February 2019 at 9am

Interviews will be held at Potteric Carr on Wednesday 6th March 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 April 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.

Closing Date for Applications: Monday 4th March 2019

Interview Date: Tuesday 12th March at the Living Seas Centre

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

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 4th March 2019 at 9am

Interview Date: Tuesday 26th March 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: Wednesday 6th March at 9am

Interview Date: TBC and will be held at Spurn

 

Bradford Urban Discovery Project Voluntary Trainee

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has an exciting new voluntary trainee opportunity that is part of a new community engagement initiative. The Bradford Urban Discovery (BUD) project, funded by the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund, that will deliver community engagement activities across seven green spaces in South West Bradford.

The project aims to reconnect people with their local greenspaces and nature through inclusive community events and volunteering that will include; local groups, schools, families, individuals and anyone that would like to join and take part in the project!

As a BUD project voluntary trainee you’ll also be part of the West Region team, which supports a suite of high quality nature reserves from rural grassland and upland reserves to city centre greenspaces. You’ll be assisting the team to work closely in partnership with Local Authorities on greenspace design, management and community involvement.

In this role you will have a unique opportunity within the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to work with both our Nature Reserves Team and our BUD project Inspiring People Officer.  The role will be a fantastic mix of practical conservation tasks and creative and playful engagement activities within a project team with lots of experience and passion for working in urban greenspaces and with diverse and hard to reach communities. As a voluntary trainee you will be supported to develop your skills in land management, practical conservation and community engagement.

For more information please see the detailed role description below and if you would like to apply for this role complete the application form and return it to volunteering@ywt.org.uk

The role is for 12 months, for 3 days a week, come with a competitive training budget, access to the internal volunteer training programme (free) and travel expenses.

The successful applicant will be required to undergo a DBS check

Closing Date for applications: Tuesday 12th March 2019 9am

Interviews will be held at Stirley Community Farm, Huddersfield on Friday 22nd March