Jobs & Volunteer Positions

We are currently Recruiting for the following Staff Staff Positions.

Thames River Watch Volunteer Engagement Coordinator

Salary:                  £24,000 to £26,999 per annum pro rata

Contract length:    Until 30th June 2021, there is the potential to extend this with further fundraising

Location:               Walbrook Wharf, London, EC3R 3TD

Full Time                   5 days a week (35 Hours)

Responsible to:     Thames River Watch Programme Coordinator

Job Purpose:

This is a unique and exciting role within the Thames21 team to be part of the award winning Thames River Watch programme that launched in 2013. The programme has recruited, trained and supported volunteers in their journey to become citizen scientists. Three hubs have been established that focus how communities are engaged along the river. The TRW citizen scientists gather data that is used to highlight the issue of single-use plastic in the river and to increase awareness around the key issues facing the river.

The Volunteer Engagement Coordinator will work with the Programme Coordinator to plan and deliver the roles described below. The programme is funded by Tideway, who are constructing the super sewer under the Thames. Additional funding is also applied for and received from smaller grants and funds.

Our intent for the next 2 years of the programme is to secure funding streams that will ensure the sustainability of the programme; to increase the knowledge and awareness of the health of the Thames to communities along the tidal Thames; and to encourage active involvement.

 Main duties and responsibilities:

 Volunteer opportunities:

Co-ordinate foreshore experiences which engage Londoners with TRW messages. This will involve planning events (including local festivals), carrying out site visits and risk assessments, liaising with the PLA and local councils, and maintaining and managing events equipment;

Community Hubs

Support the existing Community Hubs: ensure the Hubs are fully equipped, have effective promotion and are linked to the Local Authority;

Thames Ambassador volunteers

With the Programme Coordinator, develop the role of the Thames Ambassador.

Liaise with Tideway Main Works Contractors (MWCs)

TRW is largely funded by Tideway, the company charged with building the new Thames Tideway Tunnel.

Volunteer recognition and support

Assist with the organisation of 3 volunteer networking events each year to bring together all TRW volunteers;


Administer the training courses: including booking venues, managing the registrations and booking confirmations;

For further information and to apply

Please use the links below for the full Job Description including Peerson Specification and what we offer in return, and the Thames21 Job Application Form.

The closing date for completed application forms is 10am Wednesday 11th September

Interviews are Scheduled for Monday 16th September 2019.  

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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T21 Job application Form 2019

Freelance Centre Assistant – Welsh Harp Environmental Education Centre

Salary: £11 per hour  Job type: Self-employed / Contractor – Engagement period: Minimum 2 hour bookings as required

Location: Welsh Harp Environmental Education Centre, Birchen Grove, London, NW9 8RY
Responsible to: Education Team Leader

Purpose of the job The Freelance Centre Assistant will have responsibility for opening and closing the Welsh Harp Environmental Education Centre during venue hire bookings, and preparing and maintaining education resources
Please use the link below for Further details and how to apply.

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We have the following volunteer opportunities:

Training Programme Support Volunteer


Engagement Period: Ideal commitment is once a week for a minimum of 3 month, this is open to discussion and flexibility.

Location: Predominantly from our Thames21 Bow Locks office, Navigation Road (off Gillender Street), E3 3JY
There will be the opportunity to work at the Walbrook Wharf office, EC4R 3TD and out on site once established in the role.

Responsible to: Training Officer

Following the growth and successes of Thames21’s Training Programme, we are looking for an enthusiastic and committed individual who will support the Training Officer in developing the programme to continue to meet the needs of learners.

Your role will include:

  • Assisting the preparation of training materials, assessing trainee assignments and providing feedback
  • Assisting training delivery including delivering activities with groups
  • Taking part in site visits for training activities and events
  • Responding to training enquiries, updating the trainee database, monitoring trainee progress and communicating with trainees
  • Composing and distributing monthly EST (Event Support Team) newsletter, scheduling EST members for events and communicating with EST’s
  • Promoting the training programme including contributing to training page of website, use of social media, developing other ways to reach new trainees and support/retain existing ones.
  • Collating data and information towards internal and external reports.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Gain knowledge about training and community engagement in the environmental and voluntary sector
  • Gain experience in group facilitation and life-long learning
  • Gain valuable skills and experience for your CV.
  • Develop understanding about London’s waterways, the issues faced by urban rivers and related sustainability challenges.
  • Learn database skills and funding reporting.
  • Acquire marketing, social media and administration skills.
  • Put your learning into practice in a safe and supported environment.
  • Be part of a successful and dynamic environmental charity
  • Be part of a lively and committed team of staff, volunteers and community groups.
  • Make a real difference to the health of London’s waterways.

To apply, please email your CV and a brief covering letter, stating why you would like to apply for the position and what you feel you could bring to the role to: by 9am Tuesday 7th May, 2019

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 14th May at Thames21 Bow Locks office, E3 3JY


Environmental Education Volunteer


Engagement Period:  During term time and holiday periods when there are bookings. Ideal minimum commitment is once per week for 3 months, open to discussion.

 Location: Welsh Harp Environmental Educational Centre, Birchen Grove, NW9 8RY

Responsible to:          Education Coordinator

What you will do:

  • Represent Thames21 positively and encourage attendees to take part in our activities.
  • Observe Thames21 educators deliver curriculum linked sessions that are designed to impart environmental knowledge in a lively and interactive manner.
  • Be willing to work outdoors for long periods of time in a variety of weather conditions.
  • Support Thames21 staff in delivery of sessions by setting up and packing up activities, interacting with pupils and preparing/managing resources.

Please use the link below for further details of this role and how to apply. Closing date open.

Environmental Education Volunteer Description


Welsh Harp Centre Gardening Volunteer


Location: Welsh Harp Environmental Education Centre, Birchen Grove, NW9 8RY

Why we want you: We have an amazing local community space attended by thousands of school children each year which needs someone passionate about the environment and making this a great place for children and the community to visit. To do this we need the support of someone local to help us care for and nurture the site to keep it safe and running smoothly.

What you will do:

  • Undertake any small gardening jobs necessary to maintain the woodland pathways, teaching spaces and play area using hand tools such as secateurs and shears. This will include trimming brambles and pulling stinging nettles. Tools and boots provided.
  • Occasionally help the Education Officer with preparing for upcoming school sessions and tidying up after sessions.

 Please use the link below for further details of this role and how to apply. Closing date open.

Welsh Harp Centre Gardening Volunteer Description