Every year, we run about twenty summer Canal Camps. This means we need to find a large team of volunteer Canal Camp leaders and assistant leaders each year.   

What they do

Your main role is to help make sure the Canal Camp is a fun, well planned and safe experience.

What’s involved

Every Canal Camp should have an assistant or co-leader to aid and support the leader. You will be involved in many aspects of the camp (before, during and aſter) – either on site, in the accommodation or planning evening activities.

Main tasks

  • Help with preparation and planning before the Canal Camp including liaising with volunteers, host society contacts and WRG Head Office as well as visiting your site.
  • Working with the Technical Support Officer to help create a suitable Project Plan for your Canal Camp. The Technical Support Officer will create the plan and method statements for your Canal Camp for you to review.
  • Assist with day-to-day running of the Canal Camp. You are responsible for leading, supporting, and motivating your team of Canal Camp volunteers.
  • Attending the Leaders Training Day.

Required skills and experience

To become a Canal Camp Assistant Leader it helps to have experience and knowledge of supporting and leading groups of people to create safe, engaging and fun working holiday experiences.

Training and Support

You will receive ongoing support and resources from our Volunteer Manager (Jenny Hodson).

We are committed to the training and development of all our volunteers. Canal Camp Leaders will be encouraged to develop the skills necessary to enable them to run high quality and fun Canal Camps.

  • We will arrange a 1 hour induction session via zoom to explain the plans for the Canal Camp.
  • Access to IWA’s virtual Resources (Volunteer & Restoration Hub) which includes Leaders Guidance Notes.
  • Leaders Training Day

Expenses: We will cover pre-agreed travel expenses for site visits.


Please contact Jenny Hodson to discuss the role:
Phone: 01494 783 453 ext 605
Email: [email protected]

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Role description

Canal Camp Assistant Leader