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Citizen Science Co-ordinator

Citizen Science Co-ordinator – River Chess Smarter Water Catchment Initiative 

80% River Chess Smarter Water Catchment Initiative / 20% Chilterns Chalk Streams Project

  • Salary: £30,000 - 32,000 per annum depending on experience
  • Contract: 37.5 hours per week. Fixed term contract until 31st March 2025.
  • Employer: Chilterns Conservation Board
  • Location: Chilterns Conservation Board Offices, Chinnor, Oxfordshire, OX39 4HA 
  • Benefits: Excellent package including local authority pension and access to healthcare scheme 
  • Reports to: Kate Heppell, Chilterns Conservation Board
  • Responsible for: Citizen science volunteers

About the Role

This is great opportunity to join a committed and friendly team making a positive difference to the chalk streams and landscapes of the Chilterns.

The successful postholder will work across the Chess catchment and the Chilterns AONB to co-ordinate volunteer Citizen Science activities, to build strong and trusted relationships with Citizen Scientists, and to encourage, support and facilitate collaborative investigations. You will deliver and co-ordinate training in appropriate techniques, develop the Citizen Science activities, maintain feedback between Chess Smarter Water Catchment programme and the Citizen Scientists, and help analyse and visualise data from the different activities. You work will help achieve a better functioning river catchment with multiple benefits for nature and people.

This work is part of the  five-year ground-breaking  Smarter Water Catchment (SWC) Initiative in the Chess Valley – funded by Thames Water and delivered through a partnership project co-hosted by the Chilterns Chalk Streams Project - a partnership project led by the Chilterns Conservation Board – and the River Chess Association. The initiative aims to restore the health of one of the Chiltern’s finest chalk stream catchments, by using an intensive approach to catchment management and with the resources to make a real difference. 

Chalk streams and their valley landscapes are a characteristic and attractive feature of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Chilterns Chalk Streams are, however, amongst the most threatened of all chalk streams in the world. Currently, none of the Chilterns’ chalk streams are in good ecological condition but they still support an abundance of wildlife and are loved by the communities through which they flow. 

The successful candidate will work with local community river groups to coordinate and support citizen science and volunteer conservation work. You will also work with a wide range of partner organisations such as water companies, statutory bodies and wildlife groups as well as farmers and landowners. 

The post will be based at the Chiltern Conservation Board’s offices in Chinnor, Oxfordshire with the successful candidate being required to travel to multiple sites across the catchment and across the wider Chilterns. However, the role may comprise a blend of office and home working from time to time. Some work outside of normal office hours will be required (e.g. running and facilitating training sessions at weekends, holding meeting with Citizen Scientists in the evenings).

About you

We are seeking a motivated professional with experience in recruiting, co-ordinating and facilitating volunteer activities for Citizen Scientists. You will be an excellent communicator, able to engage with, inspire and build relationships with the public and a range of stakeholders.

You will have good data handling and visualisation skills, and a track record of developing and maintaining project-wide relationships. You will have a good knowledge of river management and conservation, and an understanding of catchment-based approaches for river management. You will be excited about working proactively in this sector and will bring energy, enthusiasm, experience, and pragmatism to the role. 

For further information or informal discussion contact: 

Kate Heppell, Chilterns Chalk Streams Project Officer, Chilterns Conservation Board

Tel. 01844 445017



Allen Beechey, Chilterns Chalk Streams Project Officer, Chilterns Conservation Board

Tel. 07798 734662



How to Apply

To apply please complete the application form together with equal opportunities monitoring form. Completed forms should be emailed to: office@chilternsaonb.org.

The closing date for applications is 9am, 8th August 2022. Successful candidates will be invited to interview week commencing 16th August 2022. 

Applicants must be willing to undergo screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers.

For further information see the full job pack: Download job pack


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