Inspiring People Voluntary Trainee, Doncaster

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Potteric Carr, Doncaster, South Yorkshire

Volunteer • Part Time 01904 659570 (option 2) Volunteer Support Team

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, environmental education

Closing date: Monday, 24th February 2020   4 days left


Potteric Carr nature reserve runs an extensive and successful education and events programme, which is supported by volunteers and trainees. The programme provides an opportunity to gain both experience and knowledge, for someone who is looking to expand on or improve their experience in this area. It is a rewarding and enjoyable role, which will keep you engaged and excited about what each day will bring.

Types of sessions that are run here range from school and community group visits, Forest Tots, Home education sessions, half term family events, open days, training events and outreach work.

The education team work very closely with other teams at Potteric to ensure things run smoothly and to ensure that everyone benefits from the work we do. It is an exciting time to be a part of the team as there is lots of work going on around outreach and development on site and we are looking at different funding bids to help us develop this.

You will be part of a busy team, who are mightily enthusiastic about wildlife and conservation, but also about engaging people with nature and the environment. We work in a fast paced environment, but the team is a great support system, with everyone willing to help each other out and busy means lots of development opportunities for the person who joins us as the Inspiring People Trainee.

What will the voluntary trainee be doing?

The Inspiring People voluntary trainee will be supporting the Inspiring people team in developing and delivering a broad range of educational activities, classes and events. Some of the tasks you may undertake as part of this role are;

  • Running family events in the school holidays
  • Running Forest Tots sessions
  • Delivering talks to local groups or schools
  • Assisting with and delivering workshops and training courses based around outdoor education and events.
  • Assisting with and organising open days at the reserve to encourage more volunteers to assist with the sessions.
  • Delivering and assisting with school sessions.
  • Promotion on social media and through creating posters.
  • Following GDPR, safeguarding and health and safety best practice in accordance with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust policy.
  • Assisting with development of bids, grants and reserve engagement.

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, conservation management, 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
  • Training in first aid, membership recruitment, data protection, health and safety, safeguarding, manual handling, risk assessments and budgets
  • 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.

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 the wonderful outdoors and nature with others
  • 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

Does the Trainee need a driver’s license? No, but the voluntary Trainee must be able to reach Potteric Carr for events at unsociable times which may be difficult using public transport.


3 days a week including evenings or weekends roughly once per month. Must be available in and out of term time, as we have schools and half term events to manage.


6 months.

How to Apply

You can view the role description and application form by following the link to the Inspiring People Voluntary Trainee page on the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Website.

Closing Date for Applications: Monday 24th February 2020
Interview Date: Thursday 5th March 2020 at Potteric Carr Nature Reserve

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