Overview

Trustee Opportunities at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Are you passionate about Yorkshire’s wildlife? Could you be one of our new trustees? We are looking for 3 new trustees to join our board in October. We are looking for individuals who share our vision of making Yorkshire that little bit wilder and bringing people closer to nature.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust was established in 1946, through the acquisition of our founding nature reserve, Askham Bog in York. Now we have a team of nearly 200 staff, working with approximately 900 volunteers and local communities to foster understanding of the climate and nature crises and inspire action. The Trust directly manages over 100 nature reserves and works across Yorkshire’s upland and lowland landscapes as well as around our coast and in the marine environment with partners to care for wildlife and wild places.

We are particularly looking for people who are passionate about the natural world and have skills and experience in one or more of the following:

  • Financial skills
  • Legal skills
  • Charity fundraising
  • Conservation, wildlife or ecology
  • Land acquisition, management or farming

You do not need prior experience as a charity trustee. Everyone who feels they have skills and time to offer is very welcome to apply. We are particularly keen to appoint more women to the Board. We also welcome applications from people under the age of 35, those from a Black, Asian or other minority ethnic background, or who are living with a disability, as these groups are under-represented in our current board. We know that greater diversity on the Board helps us to make better decisions, and to better represent the diversity of our membership and the communities of Yorkshire.

Our trustees have a key leadership role at the Trust, setting the direction of the organisation and helping us achieve our aims. Becoming a trustee means taking on a voluntary role, using your skills to support and guide the charity to achieve our agreed vision and goals. You can expect to commit at least 5 hours a month to Trust affairs, preparing for and attending meetings. The role can be demanding at times but deeply rewarding and you will be part of a friendly, energetic team. As a new trustee you will receive support through trustee induction meetings, training and peer to peer mentoring to help you in your role. Reasonable expenses arising from trustee duties can be covered.

Closing date for applications: 30th August 2024 at midnight.

We are holding an online information event on Zoom from 4pm to 5:30pm on Friday 19th July. This will be a chance to learn a bit more about the work of the Trust and the role of trustees, with an opportunity to ask questions. All are welcome.

To join the event on the 19th July, use the following link and passcode:

https://bit.ly/YWT-trustee-recruitment-event

Passcode: 589858

If you have any further questions about the role, please contact Julia Simpson at julia.simpson@ywt.org.uk

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