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Corporate Volunteering Leader

Reference number: SW-012574
  • Salary: £27,000 - 28,500 pro rata
  • Job Type: Jobs
  • Employer: Thames21
  • Location: London
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Purpose of the job

 The purpose of this job is to plan, prepare for, lead and deliver river clean-up and restoration events (1x half day event and 1 x full day event or 2 x half day events a week) for corporate volunteer groups, including planning, timing, conducting pre-event visits and risk assessments, lead the event on the day, briefing, inspiring, motivating and thanking volunteers, sort and load/unload equipment, set-up and break-down, clean, sort and maintain equipment post-event.

 

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Plan, prepare for, lead and deliver river clean-up and restoration events for corporate volunteer groups, including planning, timing, conducting pre-event visits and risk assessments, lead the event on the day, sort and load/unload equipment, set-up and break-down, clean, sort and maintain equipment post-event
  • Fill and submit forms relevant to event booking such as PLA, Canal & Rivers Trust, and Leaside Canoes
  • Engage, inspire and motivate volunteers, taking full responsibility for delivering successful and safe events and collect content for Thames21 communications
  • Brief volunteers on and lead them in a range of environmental activities, including clean-ups on the Thames foreshore, riverbanks of tributaries and in-channel, vegetation management such as removing invasive species or clearing scrub to improve diversity, planting and maintaining wetlands, tree-planting, toe board removal, etc
  • Brief volunteers about Thames21’s aims, the purpose of the volunteering activity and the direct impact it will have on river health, and essential Health and Safety protocols, ensuring that volunteers comply. At the end of the event, thank participants and signpost them towards other Thames21 activities and volunteering events.
  • Liaise with Corporate Volunteering Officer to ensure that groups’ needs are clearly understood and met

Liaise with the Corporate Volunteering Officer on event details; communicate directly with corporate contacts on logistics if necessary; report promptly on event data and feedback and maintain records on Thames21’s database;

  • Stand in for the Corporate Volunteering Officer during any absence and ensure that corporate volunteering events are adequately staffed and delivered, stepping in if necessary
  • Supervise and liaise with Event Support Contractors to ensure safe, effective and enjoyable events
  • Regularly generate and adapt Risk Assessments and Method Statements in advance of events
  • Where necessary, conduct site visits and attend inventory days
  • Oversee, brief and where necessary, train Event Support Contractors and volunteers in setting out and offering refreshments before and after the event; and in boot cleaning, biosecurity and hand washing stages at the end of event
  • With Event Support Contractors, load and unload the Thames21 vehicles with event equipment before and after the event and manage the cleaning of event equipment if required
  • Book vans for events and drive Thames21 vehicles around London to equipment stores and event locations.

 

This job description cannot cover every issue or task that may arise within the post at various times and the post holder will be expected to carry out other reasonable duties from time to time which are broadly consistent with other Thames21 activities and with those in this document.

Qualification, development & knowledge

Enthusiasm for, knowledge of and commitment to the environment, especially rivers and tidal rivers, and to the work of Thames21 – Essential

Working Knowledge of IT systems including Microsoft Office and ThankQ database for recording and reporting – Essential

Full Clean Driving licence and confidence to drive a long wheelbase van around London – Essential

Experience of

Supervising, supporting and coordinating volunteers – Essential

Planning, management and delivery of volunteer events, preferably with large numbers of participants, including equipment sorting, set-up and break-down – Essential

Experience of working on urban rivers – Desirable

Skills and Competencies

Good verbal and written communication skills, able to articulate the purpose of the volunteering activity and its relevance to Thames21’s aims – Essential

Strong initiative, confidence, drive and flexibility to deal with unexpected situations or last-minute changes – Essential

Demonstrable leadership skills to lead, inspire, motivate and manage volunteer groups from the corporate sector – Essential

Competent administrative and reporting skills – Essential

Practical and a hands-on approach to delivering successful activities for external clients – Essential

Ability to physically deliver a demanding programme volunteering events; including set-up, break-down and leading by example – Essential

Confidence working in and around waterways, rivers and wetlands – Essential

To apply email Andreia at andreia@southwarkworks.org.uk

Date posted: 17/02/2023

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