Join our small, vital team to enhance the work of the Thames Chase Trust


Unless otherwise stated, all roles are based at the Thames Chase Forest Centre, Broadfields, Pike Lane, Upminster, RM14 3NS.


Community Ranger

There is a vacancy for a Community Ranger to join the Thames Beat team to encourage, support and develop a diverse range of community involvement and recreational opportunities within the Thames Chase Community Forest.

The post is a job share based on an operational working pattern of 22 hours a week. It is expected that the post holder may work weekends and evenings on an ad hoc basis. For more details please see the Forestry England post on the Civil Service website here 


Deadline to apply:  Before 11:55 pm on Sunday 5th July 2020

Interviews: 14th July 2020 (TBC)


Contact point for applicants:

Name: Denise Bird


Telephone: 01474 825118


Education Assistant

Thames Chase Trust is looking for support for its education programme from a suitably qualified person to join a small team working with schools, youth and social groups and volunteers throughout the Community Forest on a zero hours contract.


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.


Required skills, experience and knowledge



  • Have an education qualification and/or experience and background in environmental education.
  • Experience in producing materials and leading group activities
  • A key requirement is to understand and support the Charity’s aims and objectives.
  • Ability and willingness to work as a team with volunteers.


  • A strong appreciation and understanding of the natural environment.
  • An interest in the history and heritage of the local area.


The main tasks the role would include:

To support the education programme for schools and youth groups by:

·     Working with the Engagement Officer to promote and support education activities for schools and youth groups particularly with our Community Tree Nursery project.

·     To also work with the Conservation Volunteer Leader to support education projects with conservation in schools and Forest areas.

·     Producing suitable subject materials for the various age groups as and when required.

·     To liaise with teachers and leaders to lead and deliver sessions at the Forest Centre, in schools and elsewhere in the Community Forest.

·     To produce lesson/activity plans and risk assessments for each activity using the Centre’s resources

·     To enlist volunteer help and give guidance

·     To follow all Trust’s policies and procedures.


"We are an Equal Opportunities Employer. We aim to provide equality of opportunity to all persons regardless of their religious belief, sex, race, age or sexual orientation."

To apply, email a CV and covering letter to


Thames Chase Trust, The Forest Centre, Pike Lane, Upminster RM14 3NS

Tel: 01708 642970

Charity no. 1115627


Community Tree Nursery - Volunteers needed

Do you enjoy the great outdoors and meeting new people from all walks of life?

Are you looking for an opportunity to offer your time and efforts to improve the environment and learn new skills along the way?

Thames Chase Trust is looking to create a team of volunteers to work with a new and enthusiastic member of staff to re-establish a community tree nursery at their Forest Centre in Pike Lane, Upminster. The tree nursery is aimed at helping to provide a stock of native trees for use throughout the Community Forest, particularly for use by our conservation volunteer teams.

This new group of volunteers will share in the development of the nursery to provide opportunities for students, schools, youth groups and families to learn about and get involved with the protection of the green environment and helping to leave a legacy for the future.

The group will meet once a week, on Wednesdays primarily but with scope to meet at weekends should interest be apparent, and undertake a variety of tasks. It isn’t all work however, you’ll also meet other people with similar interests to yourself, working in an enthusiastic team in a friendly environment. You’ll utilise your skills on worthwhile projects, for the benefit of the local community.

If you would like more information or if you would like to join the group, please email Alex Hewitt at or ask at the Thames Chase Forest Centre reception for more information.




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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