Thames River Watch Volunteer Engagement Officer


Walbrook Wharf, London
£28,500 pa pro rata

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: water & hydrology

Closing date: Wednesday, 21st November 2018  

Thames River Watch is a citizen science project which aims to help people better understand the health of the tidal Thames. It was launched in 2014 and is the only project carrying out long term monitoring of litter on the Thames. The project currently has two active volunteer hubs – at Greenwich and Hammersmith where monthly litter surveys are carried out. Citizen science volunteers are actively involved in the project as Litter Monitoring Volunteers and Thames Ambassadors. All Thames River Watch data is used to communicate widely about the challenges that the Thames faces and to try to influence the behaviour of individuals, organisations and policy makers to make positive changes leading to a healthier river Thames.

Main duties and responsibilities for this Post


  • Engage local groups and business around our Community Hubs – this should include recreational groups, riverside businesses, local community groups e.g. friends of riverside parks, youth associations, scouts, residents associations
  • Work with Thames21 comms colleagues to develop targeted communications to recruit volunteers with a keen interest in the Thames, particularly with hard to reach groups
  • Recruit small teams of volunteers around 5 sites to conduct regular bottle counting.

Community events

  • Plan, resource and deliver hands-on foreshore experiences which engage Londoners with Thames River Watch (TRW) messages and increase sign-up to training sessions. This will involve planning events, carrying out site visits, carrying out risk assessments, maintaining and managing events equipment
  • Support the delivery of one community event and other activities at each Community Hub location
  • Support the delivery of the Big Counts. These are high profile bi-annual events, which engage Londoners with TRW messages and increases sign-up to project.

Community Hubs

  • Support the development of the Battersea Community Hub so that they are conducting monthly litter surveys and have a communication system to enable volunteers within the hub to communicate
  • Support Community Hubs to find a local store for equipment, and equipment to go in the store. Equipment should be used for Community Hub events
  • Work with Thames21 Training Officer to link Leading a Waterway Clean-up trained volunteers with Community Hubs
  • Liaise with the council to provide additional support to the Community Hubs where needed

Train volunteers

  • Deliver training sessions for volunteers
  • Support newly trained volunteers so that they become autonomous and continue to be engaged in the project

Volunteer recognition and support

  • Support the coordination of an annual conference to celebrate the achievements of Thames River Watch volunteers and explain the findings of the project data
  • Assist with the organisation of 3 volunteer networking events each year to bring together all TRW volunteers alongside other Thames21 volunteers (River Ambassadors and Leading a Waterway Clean-up volunteers)
  • Manage volunteers in their roles as surveyors with practical and pastoral support. Support should include linking volunteers up with the Community Hubs and bottle counting locations, mentoring volunteers as they learn our monitoring methodologies and supporting volunteers to become established within the project.
  • Lead on developing communication systems to keep in touch with the volunteers and keep them engaged in the project.

General Thames21 duties

  • Maintain clear records of progress, ensure all administration and statistical information is kept, and regularly upload information onto the Thames21 database
  • Regular co-ordination with Thames21’s Communications Team to ensure key milestones are recognised and volunteer opportunities are publicised
  • Attend Thames21 Team Meetings and liaise with Thames21 staff
  • Ability to attend occasional weekend and evening meetings and events
  • This job description cannot cover every issue or task that may arise within the post at various times and the post-holder will be expected to carry out other duties from time to time which are broadly consistent with those in this document.

Contract length: Until 30/06/19 (21 hrs per week)
There is the potential to extend this with further fundraising

For further details and an application form, please see attachments below.

Deadline for completed application forms: 12 Noon , Wednesday 21st November, 2018
Interviews will be held on: Thursday 6th December, 2018

Completed application forms should be emailed to: 

Or posted to: Michael Heath, Personnel Manager, Thames21, Walbrook Wharf, 78-83 Upper Thames Street, London EC4R 3TD

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