Nature Reserves Voluntary Trainee- Northern 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 flower rich moorland bogs, to abundantly diverse woodlands, 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 based predominantly outdoors undertaking practical habitat conservation work on various nature reserves throughout North Yorkshire. You will develop skills and gain experience carrying out habitat management activities such as scrub clearance, woodland management, invasive species management, livestock management, fence and gate repairs 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.
The role is for 12 months, for 3 days a week, comes with a competitive training budget and travel expenses.
You must hold a driving licence and have access to your own vehicle to enable you to get to the nature reserves in the Pickering area.
You will need:
• Enthusiasm for wildlife and/or conservation
• Skill in practical tasks or willingness to learn
• Skill in tool maintenance or willingness to learn
• Friendly and approachable nature; able to get along with many different people
• Able to use initiative
Role involves being outdoors in natural environments where there will be occasional risks from biohazards such as ticks, leptospirosis, insect bites and similar. We recommend an up to date Tetanus vaccination. Tasks near or in shallow water are common, so applicants should ideally be able to swim. Some sites operate conservation grazing with livestock, so ideally you should be comfortable being near large animals
Does you need a driver’s license & access to their own vehicle? Yes - Most of our work sites are located in remote locations, away from main public transport routes, therefore this role is only suitable for a person who holds a full driving licence and is willing to drive as part of the role. There are a pool of YWT vehicles shared amongst the teams which you will have access (York), however due to current communal travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic you will be required to use your own vehicle to get to work sites with travel and sustenance expenses only being paid up to the amount listed earlier in this document.