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

Living Seas Centre Inspiring People Trainee

The Living Seas team at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is going from strength to strength, with Living Seas really moving up the conservation agenda. We are now entering our 8th year of operation at the Living Seas Centre in Flamborough and our Discovery Room is proving popular with schools and public alike. From the Living Seas Centre we run an extensive programme of public awareness events and formal school education visits.  

We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed voluntary trainee to help support our team and gain valuable experience through manning 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 role is based in Flamborough, runs for 12 months, covering 3 days a week between Thursday-Tuesday, with some weekend days. It comes with a competitive training budget and travel expenses. The role will start in late March or early April 2020.

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: Sunday 9th February 2020

Interview Date: TBC at the Living Seas Centre

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

Living Seas Voluntary Trainee Role Description

Voluntary Trainee Application Form

Inspiring People Voluntary Trainee - Potteric Carr

Potteric Carr nature reserve runs an extensive and successful education and events programme, which is supported by volunteers and trainees. The programme provides an opportunity to gain both experience and knowledge, for someone who is looking to expand on or improve their experience in this area. It is a rewarding and enjoyable role, which will keep you engaged and excited about what each day will bring.  

The Inspiring People voluntary trainee will be supporting the Inspiring People team in developing and delivering a broad range of educational activities, classes and events. Types of sessions that are run here range from school and community group visits, Forest Tots, Home education sessions, half term family events, open days, training events and outreach work.

The education team work very closely with other teams at Potteric to ensure things run smoothly and to ensure that everyone benefits from the work we do. It is an exciting time to be a part of the team as there is lots of work going on around outreach and development on site and we are looking at different funding bids to help us develop this.

The role is based in Doncaster, runs for 6 months, covering 3 days a week, with some weekend days. It comes with a competitive training budget and travel expenses. The role will start in early April 2020.

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 24th February 2020

Interview Date: Thursday 5th March 2020 at Potteric Carr Nature Reserve

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