SWLEN Vacancies

Energy Advisors

Would you like to help the environment by helping others to save energy? You can acquire new skills and help people to reduce their energy bills and carbon emissions.

We are looking for several new energy saving advisors to start in October 2019.  After an initial chat there will be some training and practical exercises to complete in October/November 2019, and you will then start to make energy advice visits, initially accompanied by an experienced volunteer energy saving advisor who will act as your mentor until you are proficient, and later by another advisor who is being trained. You will record each opportunity to save energy and later compile a report with recommendations and a short list of energy saving tips.

Home visits take place within the London Borough of Richmond in South West London, from October 2019 – April 2020 usually during the daytime. Visits are scheduled to fit around your availability and reasonable travel costs will be reimbursed. Each visit takes 1-2 hours and you will record findings and create a report, working at home and at times that suit you.

There may also be opportunities to visit and audit community buildings, including schools and community centres, in London Boroughs of Richmond and Ealing.

If you are interested please email Clive Messenger on clive@swlen.org.uk


Biological Recorder (long-term volunteer) – This volunteer vacancy has been already filled

Our charity collects and collates biological data submitting these to the regional biological records centre. Both Hounslow and Richmond upon Thames Boroughs have an amazing array of parks, green spaces, riverside frontage (Richmond is the only Borough that sits on both sides of the Thames) and habitats. Hounslow Borough has two SSSIs (Sites of Special Scientific Interest) and 10 Local Nature Reserves (LNRs) and 47 Sites Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC). Richmond Borough has three SSSIs, six LNRs and 53 SINCs. Both boroughs are populated with an incredible diversity of species. 

 Through one of our social media channels and email newsletters, we engage with circa 5,000 local people. We ask people to submit photos and sightings of species that are of interest to us. We are looking for help with this, from collecting and collating it, recording it, using the data to create maps of species distribution, as well as submitting the information to the regional ecological records centre, GIGL. 

We are looking for a long-term volunteer who could spare half a day a week and one evening a quarter to attend the Richmond Biodiversity Partnership meetings. The ideal candidate would need to feel comfortable using spreadsheets and social media. We have existing accounts on these social media channels so you wouldn’t need to use your own accounts, or even have accounts on social media. We also have a mountain of other biodiversity projects we are interested in delivering – if you are interested?

The existing biological team consist of two volunteers and a small percentage of the Chief Exec’s time (he chairs the Richmond Biodiversity Partnership). 

See here SWLEN Biodiversity Volunteer Role Description

Please contact  Colin Cooper  for a chat about the role or to submit your CV and short letter/email outlining your interest and suitability for the role by  3rd September 2019 at 9 am.  

For other volunteer roles with local groups, please see our Volunteer page and for regular session check out our What’s On.