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JOB: Voluntary Wildlife Ambassador
BE4: 06-05-2021
IV: --
LOC: Yorkshire Wide
PAY: Access to our training programme
FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

As a Wildlife Ambassador your role will be instrumental in assisting our Wildlife Supporter Officers (WSOs). Our Wildlife Supporter Officers are usually the first point of contact for many new members, as they are tasked with engaging with the public to make them aware of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, our work and encourage them to support us through membership. You will be assisting the WSOs by attending events with them, and providing support by helping to set up stalls, running interactive activities and talking with members of the public about shared interests in conservation with the aim to promote the charity and its purpose. We’d love to hear from you if you enjoy talking to people about the importance of nature conservation, running activities for children and adults, and encouraging people to take action to save Yorkshire and its wildlife. Time commitment, flexible. For more information and to apply visit

JOB: Wave of Waste Voluntary Surveyor
BE4: Ongoing
IV: --
LOC: Yorkshire Coastline
PAY: Access to our internal volunteer training programme
FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Are you passionate about protecting marine wildlife? Are you fed up of seeing Yorkshire’s coastline covered in plastics & polystyrene? Could you help us to tackle marine litter by regularly carrying out surveys? Marine litter is one of the biggest threats facing the global marine environment, not only does it look unpleasant but the build-up of plastics in our seas causes the death of marine creatures that ingest them as well as disruption to the delicate food chains that everything (including us) rely on. By becoming a Waves of Waste Surveyor, you will help us to build a better picture of the issue, & enabling us to tackle the issue at source. Anyone can be a Surveyor: all you need is enthusiasm, a pair of gloves & a bag. We will provide guidance on how to undertake Waves of Waste surveys for all volunteers. Time: monthly. Apply

JOB: Animal Keeper Placement - Living Collection Assistant
BE4: 30-04-2021 4pm
IV: --
LOC: WWT Washington, North East England
PAY: Training and discounts

6 to 12 month period for 4 / 5 days a week. These placements will help the Living Collections Team. These are great opportunities for people looking to gain or build animal care experience, or looking to get stuck in to outdoor work with animals. We are involved in maintaining & developing exhibits within the site at Washington in order to improve welfare standards for our animals, & enhance the visitor experience. We have a large collection of rare & endangered species from around the world, including Eurasian Cranes, Chilean Flamingos & Asian Short Clawed Otters which you will be heavily involved in caring for. The practical experience & knowledge gained in a placement here at Washington would be invaluable for any animal or conservation based career in the future. For more information & to apply see

JOB: Volunteer Officer - Uxbridge Green Gym
BE4: 01-06-2021
IV: --
LOC: Uxbridge, Hillingdon, UB8 1ES
PAY: Full training (leadership, first aid, risk assessments, etc). Reasonable local travel expenses.
FOR: The Conservation Volunteers

Gain experience leading practical conservation tasks. The Green Gym helps people become mentally and physically healthier by taking part in nature conservation activities. Uxbridge Green Gym meets weekly on Wednesdays. We manage a large wildflower meadow, pond, surrounding hedgerows and copses and go further afield to manage meadows, lay hedges and remove invasives. As VO, you will help volunteers of mixed ability to improve their environment; and will play an integral part in the running of the Gym: planning sessions (risk assessments, site surveys, liaising with partners), leading tasks on site; and supporting management (database, newsletters, promotion). A full training package is provided and there is scope to tailor the role. An enthusiasm for the environment and working with people is essential, as is an enhanced DBS. To benefit from the placement be prepared to commit to Wednesdays and, if possible, a second day, for a minimum of 6 months. Full training (leadership, first aid, risk assessments, etc.) 1-2 days/week for 6 months. Email to request an application pack.

JOB: Volunteer Wildlife Gardener
BE4: 12-05-2021 9am
IV: --
LOC: Pearson Park Wildlife Garden, Hull
FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

In Hull’s city centre, there is a special green space - small but packing a punch with over 240 different species recorded. If you have a passion for wildlife, love gardening and being outside then this role will be perfect for you! Pearson Park is the office base for our East Regional Team and the garden is open to the public during working hours. We are looking for a wildlife gardener to help showcase this garden to visitors showing what can be achieved not only in an urban setting but within a working office environment. The gardens are already a haven for wildlife including birds like goldfinch, blue tits, long-tailed tits and robins, with many insects such as bee-flies, hoverflies and butterflies, shield bugs, ladybirds and solitary bees. We are looking for a volunteer to help maintain this special place for wildlife and assist in developing it further. Time commitment, fortnightly. More information and to apply:

JOB: Voluntary Warden
BE4: 12-05-2021
IV: --
LOC: Grass Wood Nature Reserve, Grassington
FOR: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Grass Wood has many features that draw visitors from all over Yorkshire and beyond, for lots of different reasons, including wildlife, walking and heritage. Grass Wood has had different uses by humans for over a thousand years and you can see the rich history right before your eyes. Not to mention the abundance of wildlife; rare and beautiful plants, breeding woodland birds and incredible butterfly species. As a Grass Wood Warden, you will provide visitor assistance and site care over the weekends. You will interact with visitors on site, offering information and help if needed, thanking dog owners for walking their pets responsibly or asking them to do so if they are not already. You will also be responsible for keeping the site tidy and free of rubbish, recording the number of visitors, any issues on the reserve and any natural history/species records of interest. Time commitment flexible. More information and to apply:

JOB: Residential Volunteer - Long term placement - Surrey and Hampshire Heaths
BE4: Please apply ASAP
IV: --
LOC: Surrey and Hampshire Heaths
PAY: Accommodation, training & expenses

6 month placement. We are looking for a keen and enthusiastic residential volunteer to assist the work programme and help to implement the reserve management plan on two exciting heathland reserves - Farnham Heath and Hazeley Heath. During your stay you will carry out surveys and undertake habitat management to benefit species such as woodlark, nightjar, silver studded blue butterfly, sand lizard and field cricket, to name but a few. You will become a member of the reserve management team and contribute to practical conservation whilst learning about running and managing a nature reserve. You will help to start our winter habitat management programme of work and will also have the opportunity to lead regular volunteer work parties. All this experience will help you build a vital and important skill set on your way to a career in conservation. For more details please visit our website

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