Living Seas Centre Inspiring People Voluntary Trainee

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Flamborough, Yorkshire

Volunteer • Part Time 01904 659570 Becky Austin

Sectors: marine conservation, conservation & wildlife, environmental education

Closing date: Sunday, 9th February 2020  


The Living Seas team at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is going from strength to strength with Living Seas really moving up the conservation agenda. We are now entering our 8th year of operation at the Living Seas Centre in Flamborough and our Discovery Room is proving popular with schools and public alike. From the Living Seas Centre we run an extensive programme of public awareness events and formal school education visits.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed voluntary trainee to help support our team and gain valuable experience through manning the Living Seas Centre, running public events, assisting with and delivering schools education sessions, assisting with our project work and promoting our wider Trust messages within the Living Seas work stream.

What will the voluntary trainee be doing?

The roles will focus on key aspects of the Living Seas work as follows:

  • Assisting with day-to-day running of the Living Seas Centre.
  • Assisting with the development of new displays and activities on offer at the Living Seas Centre.
  • Assisting with and taking a lead on running public awareness events.
  • Assisting with and delivering our schools education programme.
  • Raising profile for Yorkshire Wildlife Trusts Living Seas work through social media.
  • Assisting with our project work
  • Following GDPR, safeguarding and health and safety best practice in accordance with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust policy.

Experience, knowledge and skills needed for this role

You will need:

  • To enjoy working with adults and children of all ages.
  • Confidence and ability to communicate clearly to the public, with the ability to encourage all ages to learn
  • Creativity, energy and enthusiasm
  • Bags of enthusiasm for sharing our wonderful marine world and wildlife with others
  • Good understanding of the marine environment.
  • 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
  • Enjoy 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

Does the voluntary trainee need a driver’s license? Ideal but not essential. The LSC is difficult to reach using public transport and ability to undertake event tasks could be significantly restricted without, due to certain activities taking place in remote locations.

What’s in it for the voluntary trainee?

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 in delivering events and education activities, both in and out of doors.
  • Experience in species identification, marine conservation, biology and ecology.
  • Experience in communication, presentation, delivery and facilitation skills.
  • Experience teaching schools sessions with a focus on linking nature and conservation 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 of up to £10 a day.
  • Training in first aid, membership recruitment, data protection, health and safety, safeguarding, manual handling and risk assessments.
  • Experience with of one of the UK’s most vibrant and varied conservation organisations.
  • A theoretical and practical experience of GDPR, safe guarding and health and safety.
  • Opportunity to assist Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Living Seas team as well as assist on the wider Wildlife Trust North Sea project.

Where is the role based?

Predominately the Living Seas Centre at South Landing, Flamborough with some travel to other sites across Yorkshire.


3 days a week, days flexible and can be discussed at interviews. Volunteering days to be between Thursdays to Tuesday, including one of the weekend days if possible.


12 months

Closing date: Sunday 9th February 2020 12am
Interview date: TBC at the Living Seas Centre. 

To apply please download an application form from our website.

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