Host Organisation: Mersey Rivers Trust (Beacon)

We will be putting 'Citizen Science' into action and learning how to test water for chemicals, pH and temperature. Attendees will be encouraged to ’Adopt a Spot’ along a river or stream near them, and become a
River Guardian.

Opportunity Interests: Community Development, Environment / Conservation, Voluntary and Community Sector Support
Type of Activity: Gardening, IT
Location: Alderley Edge, Bollington, Cheshire East, Knutsford, Macclesfield, Wilmslow, Outside of Cheshire East
Days and Times for the Opportunity: Monday AM, Monday PM, Tuesday AM, Tuesday PM, Wednesday AM, Wednesday PM, Thursday AM, Thursday PM, Friday AM, Friday PM, Saturday AM, Saturday PM, Sunday AM, Sunday PM

Volunteers are invited to attend a training day on Wednesday 30th January, 10am to 3pm at Wilmslow Parish Hall, SK9 4AA.
The training will enable volunteers to be able to safely approach and take small water samples from local ponds, rivers or streams, and using test kits provided, determine phosphate and nitrate levels, as well as test for pH, temperature and look for any visible pollution in the area.
River Guardian Volunteers will be asked to carry out tests at least once a month on a waterbody near where they live, and submit results online or via smartphones using an app.
The results of these surveys help us to determine where water quality is poor and where we could work make a difference to improve water quality or the local environment. By doing this work River Guardians have helped direct a lot of work to prevent further water pollution.

Volunteer Commitment: Long Term
Is a DBS check required for this role?: No
Skills and Qualifications Required:

No qualifications or skills are required. All equipment will be provided but must have suitable outdoor clothing and sturdy shoes. Must also have access to internet or a smart phone to be able to submit results of the surveys online.

Are there any Gender or Age Restrictions?:
Do you have disabled access to the areas a volunteer would be sited?: No
Do you pay expenses?: Yes
If yes, for what and at what rate?:

mileage 20p per mile or public transport costs within reason.

What support is available for the volunteer?:

Project Officer overseeing this project is available to provide support. She works three days a week based in Wilmslow, and is also available during office hours over the phone and email. Volunteers must be confident to go out to test points along river/stream without Project Officer.

What training is available for the volunteer?:

A training session to equip volunteers to become River Guardians will be held on:
Wednesday 30th January
10am - 3pm
Wilmslow Parish Hall, Cliff Road SK9 4AA