Careers and volunteering


Looking for local career opportunities? Would you like to be more involved with CSES or STEM volunteering?

Read on for job vacancies, voluntary roles, training and other professional development opportunities.

If you're just starting on your career, check out our careers and work experience pages for general advice and information from local employers. Or, search local vacancies with our corporate members.

If you'd like to volunteer for CSES or the education sector generally

  1. Become a member of CSES.
  2. Register as a STEM Ambassador.
  3. Get in touch with us directly if you'd like to work with us.

Any time spent volunteering counts as Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
Refer to your professional institution or the Engineering Council for details of CPD requirements, if applicable.

Some of the CSES team at the inaugural Chelmsford Science Festival

Urgently seeking new CSES Secretary

Are you looking for a flexible, low-commitment way to get more involved in the work of CSES and promoting STEM more generally? Do you have a couple of hours you could spare each month?

If so, then the role of CSES Secretary could be for you. We are urgently seeking candidates to fill this vital position. Please do consider putting yourself forward.

The formal role has a few key responsibilities with a very low time commitment (some more details on this below), but you would be able to take part in and volunteer for other activities organised by CSES if you wish, such as the Science Festival, TEXPO, Saturday Club and events in schools. As such, this is an excellent opportunity for someone looking for flexibility. It is also great for someone looking for career development, as the role can be high-profile, with excellent networking and collaboration opportunities with major local organisations.

If you are interested, or know someone who might be, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please note that we are also recruiting for the role of CSES President.

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CSES Presidential Medal (chain of office)

Vacancy for President

CSES is currently seeking a new President. This is an exciting and high-profile opportunity for someone who is passionate about STEM industries and STEM education, or who wishes to accelerate their professional development. Please read on for further details.

Please note that we are also recruiting for the role of CSES Secretary.

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Seeking volunteers for Do & Discover 2023

We need volunteers for Do & Discover 2023!

Taking place at locations across Chelmsford on 17-18 June 2023

Do & Discover – A weekend of fun experimental activities for all the family!

We are looking for volunteers who could help us with Do & Discover weekend on 17/18 June, which is part of the Chelmsford Festival.

This will be a weekend of fun experimental activities for all the family, taking place across the city of Chelmsford. To give you an idea, take a look at last year's programme.

Do you have an activity you would like to run in a public place? Or could you spare a few hours on Saturday or Sunday to run an existing activity? Either way, we'd love to hear from you!

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you're interested.

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Gaia at Chelmsford Cathedral: Volunteers needed!

Gaia at Chelmsford Cathedral: Volunteers needed!

Gaia at Chelmsford Cathedral: 12-30 October 2022

Chelmsford Cathedral is delighted to be hosting Gaia, the immersive art installation of the earth, for the first time in Essex.

Created by artist Luke Jerram, Gaia measures six metres in diameter and was created from 120 dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth's surface. Visitors to Gaia get to see the Earth as if from space; an incredibly beautiful, fragile and precious place. At night the artwork is lit up and accompanied with a specially made surround sound composition by BAFTA award winning Composer Dan Jones. Connected to the Cathedral's mission and achievements as an A Rocha Gold Eco Church Award holder, this awe-inspiring art installation will be complemented with an exciting programme built around two key themes: Environment and Engagement.

How can I be involved?

To help us deliver this exciting project, we are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers. As a Gaia Volunteer you will meet and greet visitors, share information about the artwork, help direct people through the building and ensure everyone has a great experience encountering Gaia. Each day will be split into morning, afternoon and evening sessions and we hope that volunteers will complete at least three sessions over the course of the installation. All volunteers will receive full training and support from the Cathedral events team.

If you wish to volunteer, please read the job description, and complete an application form by 12th August.

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Volunteers sought for Ri Masterclasses

Make Happen

Last autumn term Make Happen ran a very successful series of online Ri Masterclasses in mathematics for students in year 9. We are looking to run another series of Ri Masterclasses in computer science with dates proposed in the coming autumn term, and are looking for volunteers who would be interested in running one of the sessions each.

Make Happen are looking for researchers / volunteers from any discipline to develop and run an Ri Masterclass in Computer Science for students in year 9. The session would take place via zoom on a Saturday morning in November or December. Some preparation would be required beforehand for the workshop outline and resources – Ben, the masterclass coordinator from Ri, will be able to support you with this.

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Chelmsford Innovation: Marconi and Beyond

Volunteers sought for summer 2022 exhibition

Chelmsford Innovation: Marconi and Beyond

When: Wednesday 22 June 2022 – Friday 15 July (see specific dates below)

Where: Marconi Building, Anglia Ruskin University, Bishop Hall Lane, Chelmsford, CM1 1SQ

Hours: 11:00 to 16:00 on each day the exhibition is open

This special exhibition will showcase artefacts of scientific and technological innovation from the last 100 years. This is not just about the past – there will also be forward looking displays sponsored by Leonardo and Teledyne e2v. Today, companies in Chelmsford continue to build the technology of the future, with high-tech developments in fields as diverse as space, medicine, communications, and defence. The impact of industry in Chelmsford on all of our lives is incredible. This exhibition will tell at least a part of that story, revealing how household names such as Marconi are echoed in the modern age.

The Chelmsford Civic Society (CCS) is looking for help on each of the days listed below. Your main duty will be to act as an exhibition ambassador and assist visitors with basis information about the content and location of the various exhibits. You may also be asked to assist with specific exhibits should the need arise (information will be provided).

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