Information on positions needed to be filled within the community forest.


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Fundraising and Engagement Officer

Salary: £27,000pa
Contract: permanent, full time (37.5hrs per week)
Location: The Forest Centre, Upminster

The role:

To enable us to further and broaden our work, we are seeking a skilled and dynamic Fundraising and Engagement Officer to help grow the Trust’s voluntary income and its partner and supporter base.

This is a key role at the Trust and the post holder will have the opportunity to use their existing experience and skills to really shape the fundraising and engagement activities of the Community Forest. This is not ‘just’ an office job. The successful applicant will be just as comfortable rolling up their sleeves and helping out onsite at events as they will be at delivering community fundraising and marketing campaigns.

Working at the Thames Chase Trust’s busy Visitor Centre, the post holder will need to be prepared for weekend working, as part of a duty rota and be a Key Holder for the site in order to support trustees, the small staff team and volunteers to:

To apply, email a CV and covering letter to by midnight on Monday 28th January.


Environmental Education Assistant

Location: Thames Chase Trust (Charity), Pike Lane, Upminster
Start Date: ASAP
Reporting To: The Board of Trustees
Contact Type: Zero hours
Expected commitment: Up to 20hours per school term [Including some early evenings]
Pay: Hourly rate (To be determined)

Job Summary

To provide educational opportunities for Schools and youth groups.

The role will include liaising with schools and youth groups to prepare and provide daytime or early evening activities at the Forest Centre or elsewhere in the Community Forest.

To apply, email a CV and covering letter to 


Facilities Maintenance Assistant

Location: Thames Chase Trust (Charity), Pike Lane, Upminster
Start Date: ASAP
Reporting To: Visitor Centre Facilities Manager
Contact Type: Zero hours
Expected commitment: 10 hours per week  [Including some out of hours]
Pay: Hourly rate (To be determined and dependent upon normal or out of hours)

Job Summary

To support the daily operations of the Forest Centre including maintaining all indoor and outdoor area with their related facilities and presentation.  The role will entail general presentation of the site, its safety and orderliness and the preparation of hired spaces as well as, on occasions, opening and securing the premises out of hours. This role will include flexible hours to support the varied hire opportunities including evening hiring’s.

To apply, email a CV and covering letter to



In the last 25 years Thames Chase Community Forest has planted over 2 million trees and provided 48 varied sites improving the distinctive historic landscape both for people and for wildlife. Much of this has been achieved with the support of local people through volunteering and in the past 5 years, it has been lead by the Thames Chase Trust almost entirely through dedicated volunteers.

Now with new and exciting challenges ahead, we need to expand our volunteer teams. The Forest and the Forest Centre have fresh opportunities for those who are looking to make a difference to our environment and enjoy the rewards of using skills in fresh ways.

Would you like to help make a difference to our environment and the rich variety of landscapes available to all who live in local communities ? We do need your help.

Opportunities include –

  • Conservation work throughout the Forest
  • Developing and managing a busy visitor centre and grounds
  • Producing a wide range of events
  • Promoting the work of the Forest and the Thames Chase Plan
  • Supporting a range of projects

 Volunteering brings many rewards -

  • meeting others with similar interests by working as a team in a friendly environment
  • utilizing your unique skills on worthwhile projects
  • working for the benefit of the local community
  • working indoors or outdoors
  • helping to create a safe, attractive and welcoming environment for others
  • leaving a legacy for the future
  • increasing your life experiences

For more information contact the Visitor Centre on 01708 642970 or email  


Thames Chase Cafe

Staff wanted for weekends and holidays.
For more information call:
01708 227779

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