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 position – 

  • Thames Community Eel Officer (Brent and Ravensbourne)
  • Training 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 

Thames Community Eel Officer (Brent and Ravensbourne)

Salary £24,000

Full time 35 hours per week – Fixed Term Contract for 6 months

Thames21 is an environmental charity dedicated to achieving healthy, resilient rivers at the heart of community life in the Thames Basin. As a member of the Rivers Trust network, we are part of a movement that is comprised of over 60 local trusts, which aim to achieve wild, healthy, natural rivers valued by all. These values are central to all we strive to achieve, including bringing positive energy, expertise and specialist knowledge to develop good relationships and to deliver to a high standard, making a real difference to rivers, their catchment and communities.

This Project Officer role is an exciting opportunity, where you will work in partnership with three Rivers Trusts (Thames Rivers Trust, Action for the River Kennet, South East Rivers Trust) to successfully deliver the Thames Catchment Community Eels Project, led by Thames Rivers Trust and funded by Defra’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund.

Applicants should have:

  • A qualification in a relevant subject or relevant experience
  • A good knowledge of topics such as community engagement, citizen science or community engagement
  • Experience of working in partnership with a range of organisations and sectors to achieve common goals
  • A good knowledge of eels, issues they face and potential solutions
  • Experience of organising and delivering successful events
  • A good knowledge of water and local environmental quality issues
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Experience of collating data, summarising and communicating it well for external audiences
  • Willing to undertake practical, outside work with volunteers in all weathers, especially in and around water
  • Excellent verbal communication and confident IT skills
  • Ability to rapidly assimilate and retain up-to-date knowledge of Thames21, its projects and programmes

In return we offer:

  • 25 days annual leave pro rata; in addition the Thames21 office is closed between Christmas and New Year
  • Flexi-time working and TOIL system
  • Interest free season ticket loan
  • Non stakeholder Pension provision
  • Healthcare scheme
  • Childcare voucher scheme
  • Mobile phone for company use

Applications for this position close on Midnight Sunday 10th October.

Interviews are scheduled for Wednesday 20th and Friday 22nd October.

Please use the links below for the full job description and our application form.

Thames Community Eel Officer

T21 Job application Form September 2021

Completed application forms (we do not accept CVs) should be sent by email to: michael.heath@thames21.org.uk

Or posted to: Michael Heath, Personnel Manager, The City of London, Guildhall, PO Box 270, LONDON EC2P 2EJ

Training Officer

Salary Range £26, 500 – £29,000

Full time 35 hours per week – Fixed Term Contract for 1 year

Thames21 is the leading environmental charity for London’s rivers and beyond. We connect people with rivers by putting healthy rivers at the heart of everyday life. We improve and restore rivers, educate and empower the community and campaign for positive change for the good of people and the environment. 

This small, dynamic charity is looking for a key member of the team.  This role requires an enthusiastic and committed individual to deliver the Thames21 Training, and Monitoring programme and give community groups and local people the knowledge and skills to care for, improve and better understand London’s rivers.

Applicants should have:

  • A qualification in a relevant subject or relevant experience
  • A training qualification (such as PTLLS)
  • Experience of either formal or informal coaching or teaching
  • Ability to lead and teach groups
  • Knowledge of supervising and co-ordinating volunteers
  • A good knowledge of water and local environmental quality issues
  • Demonstrable knowledge of environmental enhancement activity, including implementation and community involvement and the ability to work with a broad range of community groups and partners
  • Willing to undertake practical, outside work with volunteers in all weathers, especially in and around water
  • Experience of preparing and reporting outputs
  • Excellent verbal communication and confident IT skills
  • Ability to rapidly assimilate and retain up-to-date knowledge of Thames21, its projects and programmes

In return we offer:

  • 25 days annual leave pro rata; in addition the Thames21 office is closed between Christmas and New Year
  • Flexi-time working and TOIL system
  • Interest free season ticket loan
  • Non stakeholder Pension provision
  • Healthcare scheme
  • Childcare voucher scheme
  • Mobile phone for company use

Applications for this position close on Midnight Sunday 26th September 2021

Interviews are scheduled for Monday 4th and Friday 8th October

Please use the links below for the full Job description and our application form

Training Officer JD – Sept 2021

T21 Job application Form September 2021

Completed application forms ( we do not accept CVs) should be sent by email to: michael.heath@thames21.org.uk

Or posted to: Michael Heath, Personnel Manager, The City of London, Guildhall, PO Box 270, LONDON EC2P 2EJ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.