Jobs & Volunteer Positions

Thames21 is committed to achieving a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve. We welcome and encourage applicants from all sections of the community regardless of their sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, or religious belief.

We are currently recruiting for the following staff positions

  • Silk stream Flood & Resilience Innovation Engagement Officer
  • Thames River Watch Monitoring Officer
  • Thames River Watch Volunteer Engagement Officer

We are currently recruiting for the following volunteer positions:

  • Oxford Rivers Project: Water Quality Citizen Scientists
  • Oxford Rivers Project: River use surveyors

Details below 

Silk Stream Flood & Resilience Innovation Engagement Officer

Salary: £25 000 to £28 000 per annum depending on experience

Contract length: Fixed term to March 2027 (project review in March 2022 to confirm programme continues as outlined)

Location: Guildhall, London, EC2V 7HH/home working/various sites in the Silk Stream catchment

Full Time: 5 days a week (35 Hours)

Responsible to: Engagement Manager, Head of Engagement and Education

Job Purpose:

The post holder will join Thames21’s Engagement and Education team and work together with our Catchment Partnerships Development Manager and Head of Improving Rivers. The role will be to lead on the planning, organisation and delivery of a long term innovative programme of community engagement, focussed on building understanding and awareness of flood risk and potential solutions.  Working with the SSFRI project team, the post holder will facilitate the development and delivery of nature based solutions to improve flood resilience across the catchment. The role will support collaborative design approaches at both site and catchment level, monitor benefits and evolve these processes to enable enhanced roll-out in future flood resilience programmes.

As well as traditional engagement and participation techniques, such as regular dialogue with community groups and volunteering activities, a number of innovative engagement techniques will be trialled, including co-design, community mapping and community modelling. These activities aim to build long-term relationships and understanding of the catchment and facilitate communication between communities and multiple stakeholders to build local flood resilience as well as, improve the environment and our rivers.

SSFRI Engagement Officer Job Description and person specification

T21 Job application Form 2021

Deadline for completed application forms: 10am August 9th 2021

Interviews will be held on: week commencing 16th August 2021

Completed application forms should be emailed to: Michael.Heath@thames21.org.uk  

 

Thames River Watch Monitoring Officer

Salary: £23 000 to £29 000 per annum depending on experience

Contract length: 2 years from the start of the contract

Location: Guildhall, London, EC2V 7HH

Full Time: 5 days a week (35 Hours)

Responsible to: Thames River Watch Programme Manager

Job Purpose:

This is a unique and exciting role within Thames21 in which you will develop and deliver a monitoring strategy to evidence the impact of the new Tideway tunnel on reducing sewage derived plastic pollution in the tidal Thames and work with EU partners to evaluate the effectiveness of different methods for plastic removal from the Thames foreshore.

This role is funded by two projects: An EU funded H2020 project, In-No-Plastics , which is developing innovative approaches towards prevention, removal and re-use of marine plastic litter; and Thames River Watch (funded by Tideway and Thames Water) which trains and supports volunteers to collect new and valuable data about the quantity of plastic in the Thames.

Working in conjunction with EU partners on the In-No-Plastics project you will play a key role in testing the effectiveness of traditional community oriented clean- ups compared to technological solutions and also compile evidence to inform strategies for plastic reuse and circular economy. This will involve devising methodological approaches, mapping of results and working with volunteers on clean ups.

Thames River Watch aims to monitor the impact of the new Tideway tunnel on sewage derived plastic pollution in the river while effectively connecting riverside communities to the river and supporting good river stewardship. The Tideway tunnel is expected to reduce sewage derived plastic pollution entering the river and to have a discernible positive impact on the quantities of this plastic pollution found in the river.

You will play a key role in designing and implementing the monitoring strategy necessary to test this hypothesis, building on the methods and data already established through the programme. The first two years of the project will be about establishing a robust baseline in time for the opening of the Tunnel in 2024. You will also have the opportunity to develop new methods for assessing river health, including monitoring and recording of wildlife.

In addition, the project will look at the health and wellbeing impacts of volunteering by the river. You will have a role in developing surveys and analysing data to determine this impact on our volunteers.

Thames21 recognises the positive value of diversity and we welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds.

Please use the links below for further information- the full job description and our application form

T21 Job application Form 2021

JD TRW Monitoring Project officer_Updated July 2021

 

Deadline for completed application forms: 6pm 30th Aug 2021

Interviews will be held on:  6th & 7th September 2021

Completed application forms should be emailed to: Michael.Heath@thames21.org.uk  

 

Thames River Watch Volunteer Engagement Officer

Salary:                         £23 000 to 29 000 per annum depending on experience

Contract length:      2 years from the start of the contract

Location:                    Guildhall, London, EC2V 7HH

Full Time:                  5 days a week (35 Hours)

Responsible to:        Thames River Watch Programme Manager

Job Purpose:

This is a unique and exciting role within Thames21 supporting citizen science on the tidal Thames. This role is funded by two projects: Thames River Watch which trains and supports volunteers to collect new and valuable data about the health of the river and In-No-Plastics, a Horizon2020 funded project, which is developing innovative approaches towards prevention, removal and re-use of marine plastic litter.

Thames River Watch is funded by Tideway and Thames Water. It aims to monitor the impact of the new Tideway tunnel on sewage derived plastic pollution in the river while effectively connecting riverside communities to the river and supporting good river stewardship. You will play an important role in recruiting, training and supporting a network of volunteers to monitor the impact of the Tunnel on sewage-derived litter in the river.

You will also organise a series of foreshore events for volunteers to remove litter from the litter and support a network of independent River Action Groups. You will test the effectiveness of the In-No-Plastic app which aims to motivate volunteers to maintain clean-up efforts and examine what barriers to volunteer exist for people of different ages and backgrounds.

Thames21 recognises the positive value of diversity and we welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds

Please use the links below for further information- the full job description and our application form

T21 Job application Form 2021

Thames-River-Watch-Volunteer-Engagement-JD-June-2021

Deadline for completed application forms: 6pm 30th Aug 2021

Interviews will be held on:  6th & 7th September 2021

Completed application forms should be emailed to: Michael.Heath@thames21.org.uk  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oxford Rivers Project: Citizen scientist water quality monitor

You can only manage what you monitor. Amazingly, bacteria harmful to human health have not been tested for in the rivers in and around Oxford for decades, either by the Environment Agency or Thames Water. As a consequence, we just don’t know how safe it is to swim in the rivers, when bacteria peaks, or where the major sources of bacteria are coming from.

Thames Water have committed funding and lab space to analyse water samples from 18 locations across the river catchment every month in 2021. However, we need to provide volunteer ‘citizen scientists’ to go and collect these samples – can you help?

There will be four broad ‘zones’ covered by the survey:
1. Stanton Harcourt
2. Farmoor & Eynsham
3. Oxford North & Kidlington
4. Oxford South & Sandford  

Job role:

  • Along with another volunteer, taking river water samples from your ‘zone’ (4-6 sample sites) once a month;
  • Ensuring sterile scientific procedures are followed to collect these water samples;
  • Collecting equipment and delivering samples to Farmoor Reservoir;
  • Reporting to the volunteer coordinator and the volunteer group, via text or whatsapp, to ensure all samples are collected in the correct time frame.

Requirements:

  • Access to your own vehicle;
  • Willingness to follow scientific procedures exactly;
  • Interest in river water quality issues.

Benefits:

  • Visiting some beautiful river locations around Oxfordshire;
  • Being part of vital, groundbreaking research to protect rivers – we are one of the first groups in the country to trial this citizen science method; 
  • Become part of a network of like-minded people who care about rivers, including campaigners, scientists and other academics;
  • Gain experience of environmental science and fieldwork.

Commitment:

One day a month for 6 months.

Full training and support will be provided. The initial training day will be held at Port Meadow, Oxford on Friday 23rd April 2021 – eventbrite sign up here. If you are interested, please email claire.robertson@thames21.org.uk with which zone you could cover and why you would like to take part. 

Oxford Rivers Project: River use surveyors

This role would suit volunteers who cannot give a regular commitment.

To apply for ‘designated bathing water status’, (which, if granted, would mean the river water would be tested every week by the Environment Agency during the summer months), we need to provide data to Defra to show that the rivers in Oxford are very well-used by swimmers. 

To do this, we need to provide numbers of adult and child river users over the bathing season (15th May – 30th September) and the school holidays at popular swimming locations in Oxford (e.g. Port Meadow, Longbridges, Tumbling Bay, Kennington Meadows).

We will be surveying river-users over 20 days in May – September, with the majority of dates in July and August. You could sign up for one day or multiple days. The survey itself should take a maximum 2 hours.

Job role:

  • Alone or with another volunteer, count the river users at a popular bathing location on a designated day;
  • Follow a set procedure and record results accurately;
  • Report results promptly;
  • Communicate with the volunteer group and co-ordinator.

Benefits:

  • Vital contribution to safeguarding Oxford’s rivers for future generations;
  • Become part of a network of people who care about the rivers, including campaigners, scientists and other academics;
  • Access to events, both online and in person;
  • Visiting beautiful Oxford river locations in the warmest months of the year!

Full training and support will be provided. The initial training date is TBC. If you are interested, please email claire.robertson@thames21.org.uk with why you would like to take part.