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 Current Opportunities

Listed below you will see our current opportunities that are open to applicants. Should you require any assistance in applying for our voluntary trainee roles, please contact us and we will offer what support we can to help you apply. You can email volunteering@ywt.org.uk or call 01904 659570.

Nature Reserves Voluntary Trainee- Northern Reserves

About the role:

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 flower rich moorland bogs, to abundantly diverse woodlands, 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 based predominantly outdoors undertaking practical habitat conservation work on various nature reserves throughout North Yorkshire. You will develop skills and gain experience carrying out habitat management activities such as scrub clearance, woodland management, invasive species management, livestock management, fence and gate repairs 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.

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

You must hold a driving licence and have access to your own vehicle to enable you to get to the nature reserves in the Pickering area.

Closing date for applications: 9am Monday 5th October 2020

Interviews will be held W/C 19th October 2020