St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living


St Nicks is the green heart of York, a nature reserve and environment centre located just 1 mile from the city centre. We started by transforming a former landfill site into a thriving Local Nature Reserve (LNR) and we continue to manage it with the help of over 200 volunteers per year! From our eco-friendly base at St Nicks Environment Centre we run projects and services that help residents of York move towards a sustainable future. Our mission is to create lasting positive change in actions and attitudes of York residents to enable them to move towards a sustainable future and we run projects and services to help us achieve this goal.

Our organisation is a major player in the local sector, encompassing a dedicated team of staff and volunteers. St Nicks is a great place to work and volunteer – please see below if you would like to join our team by filling one of our current job/volunteer vacancies:


Meadow Keepers Champion 

We are looking for several friendly and enthusiastic volunteers to help us to inspire local communities to maintain and improve grasslands in and around York. It is a perfect opportunity for someone looking to gain experience in habitat management and conservation.

The role

This is a flexible role that can be tailored to suit your experience and interests. Duties can include delivering training sessions to project groups (practical, theory and monitoring training), helping to develop monitoring and management plans and assist with their delivery at project sites, work with groups to help recruit and engage new volunteers and the wider public and to help plan and deliver Meadow Keepers events to raise awareness of the project among other duties.

Person specification (and full job description – PDF download):

Length of Commitment: 4 months minimum
Total Hours: Flexible – Weekend and evenings required to fit around groups

To apply, please download our application form and send completed applications and any queries to the Volunteer Co-ordinator, Maria Gill at


Volunteer Receptionist 

This is a great opportunity for anyone who is looking to improve their administrative skills or to work within a charitable organisation. It will allow you to see how such an organisation works and to assist with the day-to-day running of St Nicks.

The role   

The main purpose of the volunteer receptionist role is to support the St Nicks staff team in general admin duties and to help visitors should they need information about St Nicks or how to get around the site. Duties will include answering telephone queries, meeting and greeting visitors, helping to create leaflets and displays around the centre and setting up meeting areas for meetings and events.

Person specification (and full job description – PDF download)

Length of commitment: Flexible
Total Hours: Flexible  

To express interest or for more information, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Maria Gill, at or call 01904 411 821.






This page was last updated 9 Nov 2018