Youth Board Members

London Wildlife Trust


Volunteer • Part Time

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Sunday, 4th August 2024  

Following on from the fantastic work that the Keeping it Wild Youth Forum achieved from 2018-2021 (including influencing our comms, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion work and creating the new Wild Youth Hub), we have placed youth voices right at the heart of the Trust’s governance structure through our Youth Board, which was founded in 2022.

The Youth Board consists of 12 motivated young people (aged 16-25) who are passionate about London’s wildlife and ensuring young people’s voices are heard. Over the year we meet every month in person at one of our London Wildlife Trust sites to discuss and plan a range of agendas including: projects, events, campaigns, curating events, communication and youth strategy, blogs, podcasts and films. Members are also part of our mentoring scheme where Youth Board members are paired up with Trustees and Senior Management team, meeting to discuss personal goals every six weeks.

We’re currently recruiting for up to nine positions to fill the gaps of those who are leaving the Board. If you’d like an informal chat about the role, or to speak to an existing member of the Youth Board before applying, please email us on [email protected].

We'll offer you:

  • We will cover your travel expenses to meetings/events you attend and we will provide lunch/snacks/refreshments; 
  • We are also able to offer financial reimbursement (at London Living Wage) for some opportunities undertaken with the Trust outside of the minimum time commitment areas
  • Mentoring from our trustees and senior management team (every six weeks); 
  • A London Wildlife Trust annual membership and a welcome pack;
  • Regular training opportunities on a wide range of topics for your personal development including: 
  • Youth Leadership; 
  • Presentation skills, public speaking, charity governance;
  • CV/Careers workshops; 
  • Campaigning workshops;
  • Talks and presentations from staff (e.g species ID and habitat management, fundraising, project management, communications and marketing).

What you will bring to the Trust 

The Youth Board will: 

  • Support the implementation of the Trust’s Strategic Plan, particularly on how the Trust can better engage young people from a range of backgrounds; 
  • Share their ideas, experiences and opinions by contributing towards evaluation, strategy documents, blog posts, interviews, social media or film content; 
  • Create materials and curate events (including our annual Green Careers Showcase) to inspire more young people to get involved with the Trust; 
  • Represent the Trust at events (in person and online); 
  • Co-ordinate and lead Youth Board meetings with support from the Youth Programmes team; 
  • Represent the Youth Board at Board Meetings with Trustees and Senior Management Team and working group meetings with staff (e.g. outdoor learning, health and safety, conservation, equality, diversity and inclusion, comms and marketing).

Our ideal Youth Board member:

  • You are aged 16-25;
  • Motivated to create change
  • Reliable and enthusiastic
  • Keen to take part in discussions, events, meetings, workshops and training;
  • Excited about furthering youth involvement at the Trust; 
  • Interested in being an advocate for other young people and the role that young people can play in determining the future of wildlife and wild spaces in London; 
  • Interested in learning more about the environment, urban nature conservation and how to get more people from all backgrounds standing up for nature on their doorsteps; you do not need to have any experience with nature or the environment to apply

Minimum time commitment:

  • 1 year with the option to stay on for 2 years 
  • 12 core in-person meetings a year: one meeting in the first week of each month alternating between weekday meetings (6:30pm – 8:30pm) and weekend meetings (12:00 – 3:00pm) 
  • Optional socials around the core meetings
  • Additional training and working group meetings as per your own interest, usually 1 – 2 times a month for around an hour 
  • Attend at least 1 Trustee Board meeting per year 
  • Optional opportunities to get involved in other events and projects

Please find further information about the role in our recruitment pack here

How to apply 

To apply, please complete our short application form here, or by using the apply button below. You can answer the application questions in writing, or in a video or voice note. Note that you can’t save your progress, so make sure you’re ready to submit your whole application. Your answers should be no more than 1,000 characters each, or 3 minutes each if you are doing a video or voice note.

Closing Date: 11:59pm Sunday 4th August
Interviews: We will contact all applicants on the outcome of their application. Shortlisted applicants will be expected to be available for an informal Zoom or in-person interview in the week starting 19th August. 

Does this sound like you? We’d love to hear from you! 

Our vision is a London alive with nature, where everyone can experience and enjoy wildlife. In order to achieve our goal of engaging everyone in protecting London’s wildlife for the future, we know that our staff team needs to better reflect and represent all of London’s communities. Read more about London Wildlife Trust’s commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion here: are also committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of children, young people and adults at risk is at the heart of our engagement with people, read more about London Wildlife Trust’s commitment to Safeguarding here:

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