Essex Rivers Hub

Volunteer Post: 3 months digitising data and assisting with a summary report (1 day a week)

In January 2014, the Essex River Wardens Project was established.

This project was formed under the Essex Rivers Hub which sets out to help to achieve the goals set out by the EU's Water Framework Directive in the Combined Essex Catchment; whilst ensuring that rivers are the heart of local communities.

The River Wardens Project has been hugely successful and now consists of 120 volunteers which are managed by the current Essex Rivers Hub Assistant. These committed volunteers will spend time walking their local stretch of river and report back any issues that they come across; many of them will complete survey forms on a regular basis. All of this provides us with a lot of data and information and allows us to solve problems quickly and effectively.

We are looking for a keen individual, with a good understanding of conservation, to help us digitise the data that river wardens have provided us with. This will include entering species data into a new records website and where possible (if the individual has GIS experience, although not compulsory), mapping the data into GIS. Taking this a step further, the individual would be asked to assist with the writing of a summary report to show the importance of the data being recorded and help to give an overview of the information that has been collected.

If you would be interested in getting involved in this project, or would just like more information, then please contact Emily Godfrey (Essex Rivers Hub Assistant) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and attach a CV if possible.

For more information on the Essex Rivers Hub you can visit our website

Please note that this post is fully voluntary, the individual would need to be able to travel to our main offices: The Joan Elliot Visitor Centre, Abbotts Hall Farm, Great Wigborough, Colchester, Essex, CO5 7RZ. It is also possible for much of this work to be done from home if the individual is happy to do so.

Once the three months is complete, there is scope for continued volunteer experience within the Trust in a range of areas. A reference can be provided for any future job/ course applications.


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