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

Learning and Events Voluntary Trainee - Potteric Carr

Located 3 miles outside Doncaster, Potteric Carr Nature Reserve is a 250 acre wild oasis nestling between the motorway and railway. It is remnant of the vast fenland that once stretched all the way across the Humber basin to the coast. The site is a mosaic of habitats, from reedbeds swaying gently under big open skies to winding woodland trails and networks of ponds teeming with life. During summer, the meadows are full of butterflies and abuzz with insects, while winter brings the magic of thousands of starlings creating incredible aerial displays. 

Potteric Carr has an extensive education and event programme and no day is ever the same. For example, we could be leading guided walks or delving into our ponds with families, school children and teachers to discover the wonderful creatures that live there. We could also be organising and delivering fun educational workshops, such as sharing a Forest School campfire and cooking yummy food with a bunch of preschool kids or Home educators. There really is a variety of challenges for you to get your teeth stuck into and this role is perfect for anyone wanting to pursue a career in learning, community engagement and participation. 

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.

Deadline for applications is 9am, Monday 1st November with interviews anticipated for Monday 15th November. If you are interested in applying then please read the role description below and send in your application to volunteering@ywt.org.uk


Northern Living Landscape Voluntary Traineeship - River & Wetlands

Do you have a passion for Yorkshire’s River and Wetlands and looking for a change of career or to gain experience to start your career? If so, our Northern Living Landscape River and Wetland Voluntary Trainee would be perfect for you!

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust seeks to create ‘Living Landscapes’ in which wildlife can thrive. Within our Northern region we manage 30 nature reserves, as well as a number of exciting projects.

The Northern Living Landscapes trainee for Rivers and Wetlands will provide support to a friendly and knowledgeable team including being involved in the management of conservation projects in North Yorkshire. 

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain knowledge and experience of river & wetland ecology and restoration, wetland habitat creation, river and wetland surveys including mapping, GIS and QGIS. They’ll also be an opportunity to get stuck-in with practical tasks such as tree planting and riverside fencing as well as managing volunteers on Task Days. 

Deadline for applications is 9am, Monday 1st November with interviews anticipated for Tuesday 16th November. If you are interested in applying then please read the role description below and send in your application to volunteering@ywt.org.uk