At the Canal & River Trust, we believe life’s better by water, and that the waterways we take care of have an important contribution to make to the health and wellbeing of local communities and economies.
As one of our volunteering leaders, you could play an important part in this work, providing guidance to the growing number of active volunteers who help maintain, conserve and improve the environment and heritage of the waterway network. You will focus on volunteering events on the canal and rivers within the Leeds & Liverpool Canal East and the Aire & Calder Leeds areas.
About the role
In this wide-ranging role, you will be the public face of the trust, working closely with people who visit our waterways and providing leadership for volunteer groups, volunteer task days, volunteer lock keepers and our in-house team. Day-to-day activities you and your volunteers could be involved in range all the way from vegetation management to water control. You will also lead and attend events to promote the work of the Trust and recruit new volunteers.
Please note: this role involves working an annualised hours system, which includes working any 5 days out of 7 including statutory holidays. You will also be part of a 24-hour operational standby team responsible for proving emergency cover for the waterway.
We are looking for an engaging volunteer leader with previous experience in a relevant field such as volunteering, environmental works or construction. You must have strong organisation and prioritising skills, and should already have spent some time leading a team. The ability to communicate effectively is also really important, whether you’re dealing with members of the public, volunteers or in-house teams. A UK driving licence is essential.
We’re the charity who look after and bring to life 2000 miles of canals and rivers. Our waterways contribute to the health and wellbeing of local communities and economies, creating attractive and connected places to live, work, volunteer and spend leisure time. These historic, natural and cultural assets form part of the strategic and local green-blue infrastructure network, linking urban and rural communities as well as habitats. Our waterways are on the doorstep of 8 million people and reach some of the most deprived communities within the UK. By caring for our waterways and promoting their use we believe we can improve the wellbeing of our nation. Come and be part of it.
We aim to represent the diverse communities we are part of and welcome applicants from across all sectors of the community. We strongly believe that a diverse workforce brings with it a diversity of ideas, thinking and ways of working which enhances what we do.
To find out more and apply, visit our website.
Please quote reference number 2019-5933 when applying.
Closing date for applications: 17th October 2019.