Waves of Waste Voluntary Surveyor

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
January 11, 2022
Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Closing date
3rd February 2022


Are you passionate about protecting marine wildlife? Are you fed up of seeing Yorkshire’s coastline covered in plastics & polystyrene? Could you help us to tackle marine litter by regularly carrying out surveys? Then, our Wave of Waste Volunteer surveyor role would be perfect for you!

Marine litter is one of the biggest threats facing the global marine environment, not only does it look unpleasant but the build up of plastics in our seas causes the death of marine creatures that ingest them as well as disruption to the delicate food chains that everything (including us) rely on.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and Keep Britain Tidy are teaming up to improve marine litter data collection along the Yorkshire coastline and would like the help of passionate volunteers to become dedicated Waves of Waste Surveyors to help us achieve this.

By becoming a Waves of Waste Surveyor, you will help us to build a better picture of the issue, identifying items that are very prevalent on our beaches, enabling us to tackle the issue at source. This information will help us influence legislation to make the changes needed to turn the tide. For example, since the plastic bag charge was introduced in 2015, plastic bag usage has reduced by 80% in England. If you think this would be of interest to you, please get in touch!

Anyone can be a Surveyor: all you need is enthusiasm, a pair of gloves and a bag. We will provide guidance on how to undertake Waves of Waste surveys for all volunteers. Our long-term goal is to establish a network of surveyors covering the entire length of the Yorkshire coastline!


The volunteer will contribute information to a marine litter database accessible to both Keep Britain Tidy and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, by conducting marine litter surveys along the Yorkshire coastline. Tasks the volunteer will undertake include:

  1. Carrying out Waves of Waste surveys on either a single designated beach or a number of different beaches.
  2. Inputting data collected onto an online portal which both Keep Britain Tidy and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust have access to.
  3. Reporting any unusual or interesting finds to the Marine Pollution Officer
  4. Helping with outreach events like beach cleans (optional)

Knowledge and skills needed for the role:


  • Passion for conservation of the marine environment
  • Ability to record information accurately
  • Ability to survey outdoors
  • Proactive with the ability to work independently and unsupervised
  • A mature and responsible attitude
  • Flexible and adaptable approach as you may volunteer outside of normal office hours
  • Ability to understand tide timetables
  • An understanding of health and safety and the risks involved with working by the sea


  • Knowledge of the marine environment
  • First aid qualified (if helping with events)
  • Close proximity to survey location

Volunteers should be 18 or over, or if 14-18 should be supported and supervised by a responsible adult and have parental/guardian consent to take part.

There is plenty of flexibility in this role as you can choose when and where you would like to carry out your surveys. Ideally you will undertake at least one survey per month but you can complete as many as you wish – the more data we receive the better! As a regular volunteer with YWT you will also be invited to attend optional volunteer thank you days throughout the year.


For more information and to apply, please visit: https://www.ywt.org.uk/volunteering-opportunities/waves-waste-voluntary-surveyor  Completed applications should be sent to the Volunteering Support Team at: volunteering@ywt.org.uk

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