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

Nature Reserves Voluntary Trainee - North Central Reserves

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, and incredible starling murmurations at Ripon City Wetlands. 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 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: 9am Wednesday 10th March 2021

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 24th March 2021. We hope to hold the interviews face to face but depending on what the government restrictions are at the time we may need to hold them via Teams.

We hope to start the successful voluntary trainee in April.

For more detailed information about the role you can view the role description below and if you would like to apply please download the application form and return it to volunteering@ywt.org.uk by the closing date.