Head of Education, Engagement & Volunteering (maternity cover)

Make a BIG Impact by Leading Our Education, Engagement and Volunteering Efforts!

Over the last 20 years, the South East Rivers Trust (SERT) has led more than 7,000 volunteers in making a positive difference to their local river by giving 40,000 hours to our cause. During this time, we have also inspired 20,000 children about rivers, providing high-quality education that stimulates a lifelong passion for nature. From river cleanups to outdoor education, river restoration events to citizen science. We aim to put healthy rivers at the heart of communities.

As Interim Head of Education, Engagement & Volunteering you will provide maternity cover for approximately 12 months from April 2023, including handover periods. The primary purpose of the role is to act as a leader within the Trust, facilitating the continued establishment, development and growth of the Working with Communities Team (WWC).

Our goal and mission is to reach as many people as possible in the south east, to teach and inspire them about rivers, and how everyone can play a part in restoring and protecting them. We do this through a wide range of engagement opportunities, delivering citizen science projects, educational programmes, guided walks and volunteering events targeted at making a real difference to rivers and their catchments. Part of this role will be to find new and creative ways to reach more people across more diverse audiences (public and corporate) in the catchment areas we serve - maintaining and developing relationships and partnerships with key stakeholders and communities.

As a leader within SERT, you will bring passion for our cause and demonstrable experience in funding and delivering inspiring outcomes from volunteering, education and engagement projects and programmes. You will bring a strategic mindset to develop and plan new approaches, experience in leading a team, an understanding of online marketing and communications tactics, and strong practical and organisational skills to ensure project commitments are met and high quality events are delivered.

If you would like to know more about this role please visit our website for a detailed job description and learn about our mission southeastriverstrust.org

To apply

Please email the following to [email protected]:

  • A completed Application Form for the relevant job role that you are applying for
  • A completed Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form

We are running a rolling interview process, receiving applications up until a deadline of Wednesday 5th April at 11.59pm. Interviews will take place by Zoom or at our offices in Leatherhead.

If you would like to discuss the position please email [email protected] with your enquiry and we will arrange to call you back.


  • Organisation: South East Rivers Trust
  • Salary: £39,000 - £44,000
  • Location: Hybrid work at home and in the office based in Leatherhead with travel across the South East, particularly South London, Surrey, East Sussex and Kent. Potential for occasional travel throughout the UK.
  • Closing date: 5 April 2023
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