Volunteer Watchkeeper

National Coastwatch Institution - Southend

Become part of a qualified team helping to make our coastline a safer place to swim and sail. Volunteer watchkeepers keep watch for signs of danger....armed with plenty of tea and biscuits!

Published On: 10/07/2023
About this opportunity from National Coastwatch Institution - Southend

As a volunteer watchkeeper, you will join our team keeping watches over people and craft using the sea, beach and coast from our watch station, which is just inside the Ministry of Defence land at the end of Shoebury East Beach. Watches are generally 2 persons, last for 4 or 4.5 hours, and involve the watchkeepers looking and listening for any signs of danger or distress. The station is fully equipped with radios, telescopes, computer systems, weather station, nautical charts, tea and biscuits.

The benefits to the volunteers are becoming part of a professional, qualified team helping the local community and potentially saving lives in our area by spending enjoyable watches in good company whilst looking out across the sea and beach.

We currently have enough volunteers to open our watch station 3 or 4 days a week. To provide an even better service to our coast users, and potentially help save more lives, we would love to increase this and open every day. To be able to do so we need a lot more volunteers, so please get in touch if you are interested. Ideal for ages 18 to 80+ and any gender, with some time to spare and a desire to help. The watch station is only accessible via a flight of steps, so volunteers do need to be able to manage these.

Activity Types

Computers, IT and the web | Fundraising and Finance | Local events


Civic responsibility and communities | Emergency response | Environment


Monday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday Mornings and Afternoons

A target of 3-4 watches (each of 4 or 4.5 hours) per month, plus attending team meetings, helping with fundraising and enjoying some social activities.

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For more information about National Coastwatch Institution - Southend and this role, visit them online.

To apply for this role, visit the Volunteer Essex website to register your interest.

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