Balsam Basher Task Day Leader

Aliens are invading Yorkshire!

Are you passionate about Yorkshire’s waterways, and alarmed by the spread of alien species?

Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) are the second largest threat to global biodiversity (just below habitat loss) and all along Yorkshire’s waterways we can see the colonisation spreading year by year. Yorkshire Wildlife Trust are on the front line, battling the tide of INNS such as Himalayan balsam, Japanese knotweed and Giant Hogweed. To win, we need volunteers to help us lead the fight by running task days to eliminate these invaders.

Position details




Any Day



Contact details

If you have any questions about this role please email or call the Volunteering Development Team.


Telephone: 01904 659570

What will you be doing?

Balsam Basher Task Day Leaders will run community task days where Himalayan balsam will be removed from target areas along priority watercourses.

As a task day leader you will liaise with the project officer to coordinate a series of task days during April- July. You’ll provide a warm welcome to volunteers and keep everyone safe on the day by maintaining good health and safety while the task is happening.  You’ll lead the task from start to finish. Communicating a strong message about why we need to remove INNS. You’ll take care of essential task day admin and make sure the volunteers are happy throughout the day. You’ll receive full training before you get started.

The task days will take place in various locations across Yorkshire (Aire and Calder catchment, Yorkshire Derwent catchment). In East Yorkshire we'd like volunteers to help in the Stamford Bridge Area.

More information and applying for this role

More details about the role can be found in the role description at the bottom of the page and if you would like to apply for this opportunity, please use the Volunteer Application Form found at the bottom of the page.

Task Day leader Training Day: Wednesday 20th March 2019

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