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.

Cuurent Opportunities

West Reserves Voluntary Trainee 

Do you fancy joining the West reserves team as a Voluntary trainee to manage a suite of green spaces across West Yorkshire with varied habitats including wildflower meadows, wetlands and woodlands? We carry out a varied and important program of both outdoor and office work, in order to create and protect these high quality habitats for a range of wildlife and for visitors and we're looking for a passionate voluntary trainee to join our West Reserves Team. 

Your role as a voluntary trainee will be assisting the reserves staff in carrying out practical conservation tasks, leading volunteer groups and carrying out office-based reserve management. There will also be opportunities to help lead guided walks and other events! No day will be the same during your traineeship as your role will be split between office based tasks and practical habitat conservation work on various public nature reserves throughout West Yorkshire. Time will be spent carrying out habitat management activities such as scrub clearance, woodland thinning, ragwort pulling, livestock management, fence and gate repairs and rubbish removal amongst a variety of other jobs. Tasks often involve working with local volunteers to manage sites and part of the role will include leading volunteer groups in practical activities. 

Our volunteer trainee program is well established and as such, participants have become an invaluable addition to the reserves team, further enhancing and protecting Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s nature reserves whilst developing the skills and experience needed to take the first steps into a career in conservation.

The deadline for applications is 9am Thursday 5th August, for more details please read the role description below and send through your completed application to volunteering@ywt.org.uk 

Interviews will be held week commencing 16th August