Plastic Free Mersey Project Support Officer /​Project Officer

Plastic pollution in rivers has become an increasingly widespread problem. Understanding and combatting it involves multiple stakeholders. This project aims to bring together partners in the plastic packaging and consumer goods value chain, NGOs, academics and local residents together to address plastic litter in the River Mersey. The post-holder will have skills, experience and enthusiasm to establish, manage and deliver the project in line with agreed milestones, working with the Steering Group and local project partners to perform the following duties and fulfil the following responsibilities.

Main duties and responsibilities

• Refine litter monitoring and survey methodologies and litter data analysis with support from academic experts
• Support the efficient collection of data and information via online tools (e.g., ArcGIS Survey123).
• Manage, process, and analyse data and information collected by project volunteers
• Create maps and write online content for external communications of project updates (e.g., for blog posts and newsletters) based on the evidence gathered
• Co-write and help disseminate project reports.
• Co-deliver events to present and discuss project findings with all stakeholders (including Mayors and other local authority representatives).
• Organise and co-administer regular Steering Group, Technical Group, Communications Group, and Recruitment group meetings and collaborate and communicate with working group members.
• Support the Steering Group and the other working groups above mentioned.
• Connect with local communities to survey and improve local rivers, helping to strengthen their connections and the River Mersey and its tributaries to value and benefit from the river environment.
• Work with project partner Mersey Rivers Trust to ensure delivery is timely and effective and collaborate with Thames21 staff and other organisations working on plastic pollution projects to ensure the comparability of citizen science methods and results.
• Help identify science-based interventions to reduce littering, especially of single-use plastics (i.e. end-of-life solutions to recover and reutilise some of this waste).
• Promote behavioural change by supporting education in the local community on (plastic) littering.
• Help maintain clear records of progress, ensure all administration and statistical information is kept, and regularly upload information onto the Thames21 server.
• Support project management with other tasks, as determined.


  • Organisation: Thames21
  • Salary: 21,000-23,000
  • Location: London or in the Mersey catchment
  • Closing date: 13 October 2022
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