Inspiring People Voluntary Trainee

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Stirley Community Farm, near Huddersfield

Volunteer • Part Time Volunteering Development Team

Sectors: environmental education, food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Wednesday, 28th February 2018   5 days left

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is creating a county rich in wildlife for everyone. From our sparkling coastal beaches to buzzing woodlands and hillsides, Yorkshire is overflowing with incredible wildlife that we’re protecting and helping people to discover every day.

Our voluntary traineeships have been the first step of so many conservation careers and provide fantastic experience with specific development opportunities for anyone aiming to start a career in conservation. We’re offering a 12 month voluntary traineeship at our Stirley Community Farm with our Inspiring People team. This part-time voluntary role will be for 3 days per week (9am-5pm) with occasional opportunities for weekend and evening tasks. Full training is provided (see below) with travel expenses and a training budget too.

Where will you be?

Stirley Community Farm is nestled in the West Yorkshire hills surrounded by beautiful stone walls and historic agriculture and industry. Our visitors can peer through the wildflowers to catch glimpses of new calves joining our beef herd, hear the buzzing of bees from our hives or smell the magic that comes from our kitchen as children learn how to turn vegetables they just picked into amazing food.

A few miles from Huddersfield our farm shows how agriculture and conservation can go hand in hand. We have a herd of holistically reared shorthorn beef cattle and are restoring wildflower meadows across the landscape. Our vegetable garden is looked after by an amazing team of volunteers who are always happy to take a moment to share their knowledge and a smile with visitors. We welcome school groups and the public to join in with activities that showcase local produce, promote conservation farming and inspire them to nurture nature in their own lives.

What will you do?

In this voluntary traineeship you will be part of our Inspiring People team who ensure that all our visitors have a fantastic experience when they come to us. This includes when they first hear about the farm through our publicity, planning exciting activities for a range of audiences and delivering school visits, guided walks and workshops.

People engagement:

  • Planning self-led and guided activities for schools, families and adults
  • Delivering schools sessions with a focus on growing, eating and wildlife
  • Welcoming visitors and providing information about the site
  • Working with, and leading, other volunteers who help in the garden and with events
  • Evaluating our people engagement offer and individual events


  • Creating posters to promote events local
  • Developing content for newsletters, social media and our website
  • Building relationships with local schools which lead to bookings for farm visits
  • Planning interpretation for the site to tell our stories

What will you gain?

This voluntary role aims to provide all the experience needed to pursue a career in environmental education, visitor experience or people engagement. You’ll help us to provide an inspiring experience for our visitors through marketing, visitor engagement, education and volunteer management.

We want you to have an inspiring experience too so as well as tons of hands-on experience outside and in the office we offer a wide range of development opportunities for our voluntary trainees. During your traineeship you will get:

  • Experience planning, promoting and delivering an events programme
  • Experience teaching schools sessions with a focus on linking nature and farming topics to the curriculum
  • A training and development plan to help you identify what skills you want to gain and how
  • Regular development and support meetings with your volunteer manager
  • Review sessions throughout your traineeship with the Volunteering Development Team
  • Experience of working in a team and in an office
  • Experience of volunteer management
  • Access to our internal (and free) Volunteer Training Programme with sessions ranging from hedge laying to environmental law to bush craft skills
  • A competitive training budget for external training
  • Travel expenses
  • Training in first aid, membership recruitment, data protection,health and safety, safeguarding, manual handling, risk assessments and budgets

You’ll also be working from our west regional office and so will have the opportunity to meet and work with staff and volunteers who are looking after nature reserves, restoring rivers and connecting communities with nature. There will be many wider opportunities to gain experience with teams across Yorkshire Wildlife Trust during your traineeship.

What do you need?

Our trainees come with a wide variety of experiences already. Some come to us straight from education, others are looking for a change of career or to start a new chapter in their lives. The most important thing is a desire and willingness to learn.

The things we’re looking for in this role are:

  • A keen interest in outdoor learning and in inspiring children and young people about the natural world
  • A flexible and pro-active approach, capable of adapting to changing circumstances and needs of the group
  • Excellent communication skills
  • A willingness to work with people of all ages and abilities
  • A desire to be practical and hands-on, to get a bit muddy and to play!
  • Basic IT skills such as Word, Excel, Publisher and emails
  • Enjoys working well in a team and independently
  • Reliable and punctual
  • Good organisational and planning skills
  • Some experience of working with children and young people

It would be amazing if you also came to us with some of these:

  • A working knowledge of child development and learning styles
  • An interest or experience in engaging with vulnerable or disabled visitors, those with special educational needs, learning disabilities or mental health issues
  • Visitor engagement experience
  • Marketing or social media knowledge
  • Knowledge of British wildlife
  • Knowledge of farming
  • Knowledge of growing vegetables or fruit

How to apply:

Application forms and a role description can be found on the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust website here.

Applications should be sent to by 5pm on the 28th February. Interviews (after shortlisting) will be on the 5th March at Stirley Community Farm.

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