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Full time/part time vacancies

Office Co-ordinator wanted

Pay: £20,000 pro rata.

Location: Chiswick W4

Working hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday although some flexibility is possible.

Duration: This position is initially for 6 months (reviewed after 3) with the potential of lasting up to a year, possibly beyond

Closing date: Monday Sept 10th2018

Interviews: Tuesday 18th September 2018


Thames Explorer Trust is an innovative educational charity established 30 years ago. We aim to givepeople the chance to enjoy and get to know the Thames. To promote our aims we work withschools, families, communities and the general public running a range of learning programmes which cover ecology, history and heritage of the river.

Thames Explorer Trust employs two full-time members ofstaff, one part time and 10 freelancers. As part of long-term absence cover we are looking to recruit an Office Coordinator who will form a key part of our team. The ideal candidate will be familiar with working in a small office on varied tasks. Accuracy and a methodical approach are fundamental to the role as you will be dealing with school bookings, co-ordinating staff and room hire among a number of other tasks. A cheerful disposition and the ability to act on your own initiative is essential.

This is initially a 6 month position (reviewed after 3 months) with the possibility of extending to a year or beyond. You will be working from our office in Chiswick 8.30am to 4.30pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday although there may be some flexibility in both days and start/finish time.

If you have a passion for the river Thames, good office skills and an easy going personality please click here to find out more.

To apply send a CV and brief covering letter to or call Simon or Heather on 020 8742 0057

Freelance teaching vacancies

Freelance teacher wanted

Pay: £117 per full day / £75 per half day 

Location: West London 

We are seeking to recruit an experienced freelance educator to lead indoor and outdoor geography activities for schools on the Thames in London. You will be mostly working with KS2 pupils with occasional KS3/KS4 work. Most of the work will take place in West London at Chiswick, Kew or Fulham. There may also be an opportunity for the right person to learn and deliver some of our other highly successful KS2 history and archaeology programs at other locations across London. 

 If you are qualified to teach geography up to KS4, are able to travel to west London and would welcome the chance to teach both indoor and outdoor sessions please get in touch.  We are looking for people with an enthusiasm for the river environment and the ability to motivate and inspire young people. You will also need high energy levels and be happy teaching outside in all weathers! To find out more about our schools programme, take a look at our schools’ brochure, which can be found in the schools section of this website.

More details can be found by clicking here and here.

If you have any questions please contact Heather or Simon on 020 8742 0057 or e-mail 

To apply please send a CV and short covering letter outlining relevant experience and skills.  

Closing date for applications: Monday Sept 10th 2018 

Interviews will be held on: Tuesday 18th September 2018  

Part time vacancies

Bookkeeper. £120/day for 1 day per month.

We are looking to form close links with an experienced bookkeeper who is free for 1 day per month to help us keep on top of our accounts. This year we anticipate a turnover of around 160k across both restricted and unrestricted income. Our bookkeeping records are kept jointly on QuickBooks software (so you will need a working knowledge of this program) and on paper at our office in Chiswick, so you will need to be able to travel to west London.  If you are interested and have the right skills please send in a CV or covering letter to or for more details call our office and ask for Simon.

Trustee vacancies

We anticipate we will be looking for a new trustee within the next few months to replace a retiring trustee. Please watch this space for more details.


We sometimes offer short term internships to committed people. Please contact us at to express your interest.

Student teacher observation

We are experts in river teaching and outdoor learning. If you are a PGCE student, NQT or from a similar training programme and wish to observe one of our sessions to improve your own practice please email us on using the subject heading Student Observation. We will do our best to accommodate you. You will need a current DBS certificate and we will also need to contact your course leader/school mentor.


We are always keen to hear from volunteers who have a passion for the Thames. If you have a skill you think we might be able to use and have some free time please email us on using the subject heading TET Volunteer.

Current volunteer opportunities:

Aquarium maintenance. We have three Thames fish tanks holding 800,  200 and 45 litres which contain fish and invertebrates from the Thames. The tanks run on a complex system of filters and pumps and were previously maintained by local 6th form school students. As they have now left we are looking for an individual or a group of people willing to take responsibility for its upkeep. We would be keen to hear from schools (we can train volunteers) or anyone with knowledge of fishtank systems. This is an unpaid position. If you think you might be able to help us please email using the subject heading TET Volunteer – Aquarium.