St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living


We are recruiting!

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 keep an eye on this page if you would like to join our team by filling one of our job/volunteer vacancies which get advertised here.

St Nicks is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion in our recruitment process and elsewhere (see our statement below)  and we want to encourage applications from a diverse range of people including those with disabilities, those from Black and Asian and minority ethnic groups and those from the LGBTQ+ community. Please note that reasonable adjustments and flexible working can be requested for our roles.

Job Title: Community Recycling Worker

Location:                             St Nicks Environment Centre, Rawdon Ave, York, YO10 3FW

Reporting to:                     Waste & Recycling Manager

Hours per week:               10 hours per week – with additional hours as needed

Main Purpose of Job:

To work with the rest of the recycling team to collect residential and business recycling from various properties around York.

To apply: Please send a CV and cover letter to

Job Title: Volunteer Park Ranger x 2

Location: St Nicks Environment Centre, Rawdon Ave, York, YO10 3FW

Reporting to: Natural Habitats Manager

Length of Commitment: 6 months

Days per week: 3 days per week — Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays plus occasional Sundays

Main Purpose of Job:

To assist with the management and maintenance of a variety of sites for nature conservation. Ranging from our core site St Nicks Local Nature Reserve, and others such as Rawcliffe Meadows SSSI, Heworth Holme wet grassland and Millennium Fields, which are part of St Nicks’ Green Corridors York project. You will get experience working in a wide range of habitats including urban grasslands, mosaic former brownfield sites, rivers and becks, woodlands and floodplain meadows. Detailed role description here: Volunteer Park Ranger role desc 2022

To apply: Please fill in the application form Volunteer-Park-Ranger-application-form-2022 and return to by 12noon Thursday 7th July.

As a charity, we aim to maintain and promote green spaces across York and sustainable lifestyles, including our 24 acre nature reserve and its wealth of wildlife, habitats, history and importance to the local community. We’re looking for a diverse team with different skills and talents to help the charity continue in its journey of growth and evolution. We want to ensure all our teams are representative of the richness of human diversity in terms of background, identity, ability and circumstance. We are under-represented in some dimensions of diversity and we are actively seeking to address this – we are particularly keen to receive your application if you are Black, Asian, minority ethnic or under 25. Engaging and enthusiastic individuals from disadvantaged and non-traditional backgrounds would also be welcomed. For more information about St Nicks please visit or email


This page was last updated 13 Jun 2022