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.

Current Opportunities

Conservation Grazing Voluntary Trainee

This a baa-rilliant role if you would like to gain experience working with livestock within the conservation sector. As a Conservation Grazing Voluntary Trainee you will gain skills and experience in all aspects in conservation grazing, livestock management, plus the opportunity to learn about conservation in general.

Low Carr Farm is a 100-acre grassland farm where most of lambing and welfare checks takes place for our 600 + flock of Hebridean sheep. We also have 26 Highlands cows under our care of the Rural Grazing Project which we aim to expand in the future with potential different breeds to be considered.

This is an exciting and varied role which promises to give you a great mix of skills! Former voluntary trainees in this role have gone on to great careers in both the farming and conservation sectors, including farm managers, conservation grazing officers and community farm assistants. 

There could also be an opportunity, if the current challenges we face regarding Covid-19 change, to learn on-farm practical skills and take part in some work at Appleton Mill Farm. This is a small mixed farm which has a herd of pedigree Beef Shorthorn cattle and is set around diverse woodlands and grassland areas near the village of Appleton- le- Moors in North Yorkshire.

Ideally you will have a driving licence as there may be some on-road driving of tractors and Trust vehicles, plus the farm is in a rural North Yorkshire location that is not easily reached without access to a car.

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

*Please note that any tasks involving sheep and lambing can be harmful to a pregnant woman, so please bear this in mind when applying*

Closing Date: 9am Friday 11th December  2020

Interview Date: To be confirmed.

If you would like to apply for this role please download the application form at the bottom of the page and return it to volunteering@ywt.org.uk by the closing date. Please note the closing date and interview dates on the role description have now been changed to the dates above.