Jobs & Volunteer Positions

Thames 21 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 position:

Thames Connections Research Officer

We are looking for a research officer to lead the start of our new exciting Thames Connections initiative. This will see Thames21 connect local communities with their section of the Thames and local urban waterways. Through this programme you will help deliver our aim to provide healthy rivers at the heart of community life in neighbourhoods within the London Boroughs of: Newham, Barking and Dagenham, Tower Hamlets, Greenwich, Southwark and Wandsworth. This research is funded by City Bridge Trust. We want representation in the wider community, in particular those that haven’t fully engaged with the river. Your community engagement and research will help develop an ongoing Thames Connections Programme.  

You will talk to local community residents to gather their existing knowledge of the River Thames and overcome barriers to engagement. You will create a new community enthusiasm for their relationship with the River Thames through a bespoke programme of engagement activities that deliver a positive social impact for people, communities and the water environment.

The post holder will have:  experience of working with local communities; be able to work confidently with a broad range of groups, volunteers and partner organisations such as Local Authorities, private and other public sector groups. You will need to prepare research and development papers, give presentations. You will need experience of working with BAME communities and have some understanding of the environmental and social issues explored in this initiative. Relevant qualifications are desirable.

The outcome of your one year of research and connection with communities will identify the full potential for River Thames community engagement with the aim of introducing a dedicated, long-term Thames Connections Project.

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

Your responsibilities will include to:

Deliver our research programme that will work closely with riverside communities and residents along the Thames in the London Boroughs of: Newham, Barking and Dagenham, Tower Hamlets, Greenwich, Southwark and Wandsworth along the Thames.

To attend community groups and meetings with residents about interests in the river; to understand their awareness of the River.

Then to deliver a range of bespoke activities that will increase opportunities, community benefits and perceptions of the Thames; will lead to a better understanding of the issues that affect the Thames; will encourage behaviour change to improve the river; and increase community well being with volunteering opportunities along the river.

Establish a Community Board to develop the programme. This group will be representative of London’s communities and will advise on progress and relevant opportunities.

Work with Port of London Authority, the target Local Authorities, Land Owners, Thames21 staff to ensure understanding of the programme and the opportunities available.

You will prepare progress reports and a final report outlining the project achievements and preparing for the next stages of the Thames Connections Project.

We offer Salary £25,000 – £28,000 pa Full Time 35 Hours a week, 12 Month Contract Flexible working from our offices or from Home and working in the Target Boroughs.

Thames21 have an ‘Auto Enrol’ Work Place Pension Scheme with NEST, 25 days paid annual leave are available pro rata plus public holidays.  In addition, the Thames21 office is closed between Christmas and New Year. Mobile phone lap top are supplied for company use

use the links below for the full Job Description and application form

Deadline for completed application forms: Midday Monday 5th October 2020

Interviews will be held on: WC 12th October 2020

Completed application forms should be emailed to: