Northern Living Landscapes Voluntary Trainee x 2

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 two new voluntary trainees 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, with these opportunities you can expect to gain valuable experience in nature reserve management across a broad range of fascinating habitats and locations.

Both roles 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 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.

Office-based work will include researching, writing and developing management plans, preparing and supervising contract works, writing funding bids, fielding queries, as well as other reserves administration.

Both roles are for 12 months, for 3 days a week, come with a competitive training budget and travel expenses. There are the following roles available:

  1. Northern Living Landscapes Voluntary Trainee- Harrogate and Ripon Reserves with York head office as a base
  2. Northern Living Landscapes Voluntary Trainee- Hambleton, Ryedale and Scarborough Reserves with York head office as a base

How to Apply

Interviews will be held at York head office in early January 2019 with a hope to have the successful applicants start in February 2019

Please see our website for more information, role description and application form. Completed application forms should be emailed to

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Key Information


Yorkshire Wildlife Trust


Fixed Term


Part Time


Entry Level, Graduate, Mid Level


Conservation, Countryside & Land Management, Environment, Nature & Wildlife


North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Application Deadline:

Not specified, apply soon.