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Nature Reserves Voluntary Trainee – North Central Reserves

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Nature Reserves Voluntary Trainee – North Central Reserves
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Description of the role:

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.

Skills and qualities needed for the role:

You will need:
• Enthusiasm for wildlife and conservation
• Friendly and approachable nature
• Reliable, motivated and able to use your own initiative
• Able to work in a team and get along with a range of people
• Ability to communicate effectively and willingness to talk to groups
• Computer literate in word and Excel

Does the Trainee need a driver’s license? Yes - Most of our work sites are located in remote locations, away from main public transport routes, therefore this role is suited to a person who holds a full driving license and is willing to drive as part of the role. There are a pool of YWT vehicles based at the York office which are shared amongst the teams and you could have access to.

Practical information:

The role is for 12 months, for 3 days a week, comes with a competitive training budget and travel expenses.


Additional Information
DBS check needed: No
Driving licence needed: Yes
Car owner: No
Open to: Age 16+, Age 17+, Over 18s
Is this role wheelchair accessible?: No
1 St Georges Place
North Yorkshire
YO24 1GN
Last updated: 12.02.2021
Organisation Information

Working for a Yorkshire rich in wildlife, valued and enjoyed by people. Our nature reserves provide a much needed sanctuary for Yorkshire's wildlife. We want people to rediscover and reconnect with nature around them, whether you like an afternoon river walk or a picnic in the forest, bird watching, butterfly spotting or finding that elusive orchid. Volunteers enable us to manage great swathes of Yorkshire's wild places, run projects that safeguard habitats and species for future generations and educate young and old about the wildlife around them.

Charity number: 210807

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