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

Bradford Urban Discovery Voluntary Trainee

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has an exciting new voluntary trainee opportunity that is part of 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: Thursday 16th April 2020

Interviews will be held at Stirley Community Farm, Huddersfield on 30th April 2020 (this date is subject to change with the current coronavirus situation).

Inspiring People Voluntary Trainee- Potteric Carr

You will be part of a busy team, who are mightily enthusiastic about wildlife and conservation, but also about engaging people with nature and the environment. We work in a fast paced environment, but the team is a great support system, with everyone willing to help each other out and busy means lots of development opportunities for the person who joins us as the Inspiring People Trainee. 

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.

The traineeship will last for 6months, starting in May 2020. The trainee will do 3 days a week including occasional evenings and most weekends. The voluntary Trainee must be available during school holidays.

Closing date: 27th April 2020

Interview date: 5th May at Potteric Carr Nature Reserve

Please see the role description below for further information and if you wish to apply complete the application form also found below and return it to volunteering@ywt.org.uk