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Jobs & Volunteering

We occasionally have opportunities for volunteers to get involved with our work. See below for current opportunities.

Yorkshire Pine Marten Volunteers (see below)

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Jobs & Volunteering

We have recruited our initial team of volunteers for the project but will be recruiting again later in summer 2018. You are welcome to submit an application in the meantime - we will hold this on record and inform you of upcoming volunteer training days as and when they are planned.

NatureSpy is a non-profit organisation that aims to research and protect wildlife and natural habitats as well as educating and involving local communities, businesses, young people and anyone seeking to retrain, engage or participate in the conservation of wildlife.

In 2013 we embarked on our Yorkshire Pine Marten Project, working with the Forestry Commission in North Yorkshire. The project aimed to capture evidence of the elusive pine marten in Yorkshire through camera trap surveying. In 2017 we successfully caught footage of pine marten living on the North York Moors – providing the first images of pine marten in the area in over 35 years. The national significance of this discovery received press through BBC News, ITV National News and The Guardian to name a few.

Since this exciting discovery we have embarked on a new project: the Yorkshire Pine Marten Support Programme, in partnership with Forestry Commission and funded by the Heritage Lottery Funded. Now that we know pine marten are present in forests on the North York Moors, we want to learn more about pine marten populations in the area. This will enable us to support any existing populations and develop a conservation strategy for their long-term survival in the region. The Support Programme will feature the biggest pine marten monitoring effort there has ever been in Yorkshire and camera trap surveying will be central to these efforts.

Why do we need volunteers?

Over the next 3 years we will be running between 5 to 10 camera trap surveys at any one time in various forests in the North York Moors area. We need volunteers to provide support with running these surveys. This will involve fieldwork to distribute and collect cameras as well as providing support with analysing the data our cameras collect.

Our primary objective is to monitor pine marten; however our camera traps pick up a wide range of Yorkshire’s fascinating wildlife, providing a great opportunity for our volunteers to learn about the behaviour and activities of wildlife on the North York Moors.

No previous camera trap survey experience is necessary, as full training will be given.

What will the volunteers be doing?

  • The main role will be to set up and collect camera traps in a variety of Forestry Commission forests in North Yorkshire
  • Assist in the analysis of camera trap videos and images to identify the animals captured (we submit our data to regional wildlife databases)
  • Help to organise and plan the surveys
  • Managing camera trap equipment

Experience and skills needed for the role:

  • Good knowledge of British wildlife
  • A good level of physical fitness (3-10 mile walks in forests that are often ‘off-path’)
  • Well organised and punctual
  • Comfortable navigating remote areas
  • Your own transport to survey sites

What’s in it for the volunteer?

You will gain experience in the following areas:

  • Hands-on camera trapping
  • Camera trap survey project management
  • Camera trap data management
  • Being part of an enthusiastic team of conservation volunteers
  • A unique view of British wildlife!

NatureSpy have previously delivered camera trap training through organisations such as CIEEM, The Mammal Society and to national NGOs. As part of this project we have developed an approach to volunteer training that means you will gain the skills required to run effective camera trap surveys to a high standard. We aim to keep our surveying methods as scientifically sound as possible and volunteers will be an integral part of this.

Opportunities to get involved in other areas of NatureSpy’s work and projects may also become available.

What do NatureSpy require from our volunteers? 

  • Attendance at an upcoming training day (dates to be confirmed)
  • Attend a minimum of 4 camera trap survey days in a 12-month period (there’s opportunity to attend more for those who are keen!). Survey days will be run during weekdays and weekends.
  • Support with computer/desk-based camera trap data analysis

Where will the volunteer be based?

The project runs throughout the North York Moors and volunteers will need to arrange their own transport to travel to survey sites. Due to this we recommend that volunteers are local to the North Yorkshire area as we regret that travel expenses cannot be covered by NatureSpy.

Our Commitment & Health & Safety

NatureSpy are committed to running conservation projects that are educational and, most importantly, enjoyable, for our volunteer teams. As part of our volunteer team for the Yorkshire Pine Marten Support Programme you will have the opportunity to meet like-minded and enthusiastic conservation volunteers.

For health and safety purposes no lone working will be allowed during the project. There will need to be a minimum of two people volunteering on the project at any one time. Therefore, we require at least 2 volunteers to be available on camera trap survey days.

How to Apply & Our Volunteer Recruitment Process

If you have any further questions about the role, please feel free to contact us.

Apply by downloading the application form on our website and returning it to our Project Officer, Ed Snell - [email protected]