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

North Living Landscapes Voluntary Trainee

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 a new voluntary trainee 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.

The role 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 surveying and monitoring, plus a variety of other tasks. 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, GIS and mapping, writing funding bids, fielding queries, as well as other reserves administration.

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

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 27th August at 9am

Interviews will be held at York head office on Wednesday 4th September with a hope to have the successful applicants start in late September/early October 2019

North Living Landscapes Voluntary Trainee- Rivers Project

Across North Yorkshire, we manage 30 nature reserves and have a number of exciting conservation projects on the go including two river restoration projects on the R. Foss and the R. Wiske.  The team carries out practical conservation tasks, leading volunteer groups and carrying out office-based reserve management to enhance and protect nature. We are offering the opportunity for a new voluntary trainee to gain valuable experience within this team assisting with the river restoration projects. You’ll develop skills in many aspects of river restoration, surveying and partnership working through liaison with landowners, contactors and partner organisations.

The role will be split between office-based tasks and practical conservation work, surveying and liaising with contractors at various locations in the York and Northallerton areas. You will develop skills and gain experience carrying out riparian habitat management activities, fence and gate repairs and surveying and monitoring, plus a variety of other tasks. Tasks often involve working with local volunteers and there could be the opportunity to lead volunteer groups in practical activities. You will also have the opportunity to gain experience in the wider reserve team at other nature reserves.

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

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

Closing date for applications: Thursday 29th August at 9am

Interviews will be held at York head office on Monday 10th September with a hope to have the successful applicants start in late September/early October 2019

Nature Reserves Voluntary Trainee- South Yorkshire x 2

Across South 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 South Yorkshire are incredible sites where you can see wildlife spectacles throughout the year. From the vast wetland bird haven and our flagship reserve Potteric Carr, to the flower-rich grasslands of Carr Lodge, with this opportunity you can expect to gain valuable experience in nature reserve management across a broad range of fascinating habitats and locations.

The role will be split between office-based tasks and practical habitat conservation work on various public nature reserves throughout South 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, reed bed management, invasive species management, livestock management, fence and gate repairs and surveying and monitoring, plus a variety of other tasks. 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 be based at Potteric Carr Nature Reserve and will include researching, writing and developing management plans, preparing and supervising contract works, GIS and mapping, writing funding bids, fielding queries, as well as other reserves administration.

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

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 10th September at 9am

Interviews will be held at Potteric Carr Visitor Centre on Monday 23rd September with a hope to have the successful applicants start in October 2019

Education and Engagement Voluntary Trainee – Stirley Community Farm

Are you considering a career in environmental education? Our voluntary traineeships have been the first step of so many conservation careers and provide fantastic experience with specific development opportunities for anyone aiming to start a career in conservation. We’re offering a voluntary traineeship at our Stirley Community Farm with our Inspiring People team.

Stirley Community Farm is nestled in the West Yorkshire hills surrounded by beautiful stone walls, grassland meadows, local woodland, and stunning views. Our visitors can peer through the wildflowers to catch glimpses of our grazing herd, hear the buzzing of bees from our hives or smell the magic that comes from our kitchen as children learn how to turn vegetables they just picked into amazing food.

This role is action packed and you can be assured that you will get the best possible learning and development opportunities in environmental education and public engagement activities, through being a part of the planning, organising and delivery of some super sessions. You’ll also get the chance let your creativity come to fore as you will be involved in the creation of posters, learning resources and writing articles for blogs and e newsletters. If you’re social media savvy you can write content for our Facebook page and take photos for Instagram.

This part-time voluntary role will be for 12 months at 3 days per week with occasional opportunities for weekend and evening tasks. Full training is provided with travel expenses and a training budget too. There is onsite accommodation available for the successful candidate (pending checks and agreements).

Closing date for applications: Friday 13th September at 9am

Interviews will be held at Stirley Community Farm on Wednesday 25th September with a hope to have the successful applicants start in October 2019

Please see below for detailed role description and an application form.

Completed application forms should be emailed to volunteering@ywt.org.uk.