Livestock Checker – North Yorkshire Reserves

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust manages over 100 reserves, restoring biodiversity, protecting habitats and wildlife and providing wonderful opportunities for visitors to get close up and see some of our most enthralling wildlife. Part of the management of many of our grassland, fen and heathland reserves is carried out by grazing animals. We aim to check all our livestock daily to spot any health issues and ensure the fields are safe and secure as many have footpath access. Local volunteers who can visit the reserve each week will reduce the need for staff to travel to this site on a daily basis and ensure livestock are happy and well.

Each visit involves a short to medium walk around the area being grazed, checking fence lines, counting the number of animals and looking for any signs of ill health. If you did see any problems, you would not be expected to deal with them, simply to ring your volunteer manager to let them know the scenario. This is a great opportunity to spend quiet time at some of YWT’s superb reserves, parts of which are not normally accessible to the public; you will often spot fantastic wildlife close up while stock checking.

No previous knowledge or experience necessary, but you need to feel confident being around grazing animals, and any past experience or knowledge of livestock is welcome. The main requirement is reliability – the volunteer must check the livestock on their allocated day, or let us know if they can’t so we can make other arrangements.

How to Apply

To find out more about this role please visit the voluntary opportunity page where you will find a detailed role description and application form. The application form should be returned to



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Key Information


Yorkshire Wildlife Trust




Part Time


Entry Level


Conservation, Countryside & Land Management, Nature & Wildlife


Pickering, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Application Deadline:

Not specified, apply soon.