Volunteer Engagement Coordinator


London, United Kingdom 🇬🇧

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: [email protected]

Or posted to: Michael Heath, Personnel Manager, Thames21, Walbrook Wharf, 78-83 Upper Thames Street, London EC4R 3TD

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