Vacancies for volunteer assistant thermal-imaging surveyors - with free training

August 2019

Concerned about climate disruption? You CAN make a difference, in Bristol, by volunteering with the C.H.E.E.S.E. Project (Cold Homes Energy Efficiency Survey Experts).

Job description

To assist in thermal image surveys of the interior of homes in Bristol with the object of improving the energy efficiency of homes.

The award-winning not-for profit C.H.E.E.S.E. Project is gaining both local and national recognition having carried out over 300 thermal surveys in Bristol in the last four years using our unique low-cost system. Our surveys show clearly where highly-targeted low-cost retrofit measures can make the greatest impact. For example, by using DIY techniques to stop the draughts that can waste up to a third of the heat in a home. Our aims are warmer homes and a cooler planet. We operate on a tiny budget and securing grants is extremely competative, so we rely on volunteers to expand the project’s important work. Your contribution can make a valuable difference to carbon footprints and is always really appreciated by the householder.

As an assistant Energy Tracer™, you can learn how to operate the C.H.E.E.S.E. thermal imaging equipment, how to interpret thermal images, and the basics of building construction and energy efficiency. As well as this, you will have the opportunity to work with people committed to action against climate change.

This opportunity begins with a brief training session in our unique method of thermal surveying on Sunday 6th October. We are seeking volunteer workers, according to your availability, for daytime, evenings and weekend surveys until the end of April 2020 in the greater Bristol area (with two weeks leave over Christmas/New Year). Local travel expenses will be paid. There may be an opportunity to progress to being a paid Energy Tracer™ surveyor with additional free training. Our work will continue the following cold season (November 2020 - 30 April 2021). Due to the availability of householders and the nature of our surveys it may involve, at times, working during the evenings and at weekends. We prefer you to commit to an average of at least two surveys per week, over the survey season. Depending on the size of the house, surveys take from 2.5 to 4 hours, depending on the size of the home, and surveyors always work together with a volunteer assistant.

Key responsibilities

Skills and experience



If you are interested in this role then please complete our application form (PDF to print or DOCX to fill in) and send it to Mike Andrews, Managing Director, via email at ( The closing date for applications is 31st December, 2019. Interviews will be scheduled shortly thereafter.

PLEASE NOTE: please do not send in CVs and we will not accept applications from agencies