Local recruitment: Citizen Science and Volunteer Coordinator

The Westcountry Rivers Trust

United Kingdom 🇬🇧


Hours: Full time or part time hours considered 

Reporting to: Evidence and Engagement Programme Manager

 Westcountry Rivers Trust is a leading environmental charity working with partners and stakeholders across the South West to deliver activities that bring about positive change both in our rivers and on the landscapes they drain. We are looking for a highly motivated, experienced and creative volunteer coordinator to manage our citizen science river monitoring scheme, Westcountry Citizen Science Investigations(CSI). 

Across the South West region, only one in five rivers are in ‘good health’, but current approaches to river monitoring are not able to adequately identify water quality issues and causes with certainty or at sufficient scale. The data collected by our fabulous community of Westcountry Citizen Science Investigations (CSI) volunteers is helping to plug this gap and makes a valuable contribution to our work to protect and restore the region’s water environments. Our programme aims to educate and connect people with their local river and produces data and evidence that can be used to spot pollution events, identify degrading water bodies and to target further monitoring or restoration activities. The scheme aims to empower local communities to take action, whether through advocacy, the development of river restoration projects or through actions in their own homes and communities. 

We are looking for a Citizen Science & Volunteer Coordinator to manage our volunteer Citizen Science Investigations (CSI) activities across the South West. In this role, you will build strong and trusted relationships with Citizen Scientists, and encourage, support and facilitate collaborative investigations.

 You will also build strong relationships with other key stakeholders involved with, or with an interest in, monitoring the environment, including public bodies, water companies and other environmental NGOs. 

The post-holder will need to combine a passion for the environment with project management skills and strong community & stakeholder engagement skills. The successful candidate will work with local community groups to coordinate and support citizen science and volunteer conservation work. You will co-ordinate and deliver training in appropriate techniques, supervise and contribute to the analysis and visualisation of data from the different activities, and maintain good relationships and provide feedback to stakeholders and partners. You will take a collaborative approach to the ongoing development of the scheme and contribute to securing additional funding as the scheme continues to develop and grow. The work will form part of the national Catchment Systems Thinking Cooperative project (CaSTCo) but will also contribute to a wide range of other Trust projects and activities. While a broad knowledge of the issues currently facing our water environment is highly desirable, specialist water monitoring knowledge is not essential. 

It is an exciting time for volunteer monitoring in the UK and this role is an exciting opportunity for someone with passion, experience and creativity to proactively lead the development and expansion of one of the country’s leading citizen science volunteer programmes. 

Person Specification
 • Motivated professional with experience in recruiting, co-ordinating and facilitating volunteer activities
 • A degree, or comparable qualification or experience in an Environmental or Social Science or other related discipline
 • Excellent communications skills and the ability to engage with, inspire and build relationships with the public, community groups and a range of stakeholders
 • Ability to use feedback and evaluation techniques to continuously improve and develop our volunteer programme
 • Excellent presentation and communication skills for a wide range of audiences
 • Excellent interpersonal skills, both face-to-face and in online meetings
 • Demonstrable project management skills and experience
 • A track record of developing and maintaining project-wide relationships
 • Ability to manage work load and time effectively
 • Excellent IT skills including Microsoft Office 365
 • Good knowledge of requirements for data protection and confidentiality
 • Ability to work flexibly, including occasional evenings and weekends


 • Experience of managing partnerships
 • Experience of presenting scientific information in accessible and engaging ways 
• A good knowledge of the current environmental challenges and an understanding of catchment-based approaches for river management 
• A good knowledge of key environmental policies and legislation.

 There will be the opportunity to work from home in this role and to work flexible hours, however, regular travel across the Westcountry for workshops, events and meetings will be required. 

To apply: Apply using the following link: https://hr.breathehr.com/v/citizen-science-and-volunteer-25053  attaching a CV and Covering Letter.

For further information see www.wrt.org.uk or for queries about the role please contact [email protected] 

Submission by: midnight Sunday 11th September


9% pension