Every year, we run between 16-20 Summer Canal Camps. But canal restoration is hungry work!  

What they do

Your main role is to feed 12-18 hungry Canal Camp volunteers. If you’ve been on one of our Canal Camps before you will know the camp cook is the most important person!

What’s involved

The cook’s main role is to cook dinner for the volunteers each night, as well as carry out the shopping, ensuring there is enough food for breakfast and lunch.
How the leadership team decide to run the rest of the cooking is up to them – some cooks prepare and cook breakfast and lunch, whilst others ask for volunteers and helpers.

Cooks can also have the night off and organise for a BBQ or a Fish and Chip night. Cooking for 18 hungry volunteers doesn’t have to be a daunting task and we have created a set of Guidance Notes for the cooks to help them through each task.

Main tasks

  • 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 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.
  • 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 on Saturday 21st May.

Required skills and experience

No skills or experience required. We will organise a free online Level 2 Food Hygiene course for all Canal Camp Cooks.

Training and Support

You will receive ongoing support and resources from WRG Staff Team (Jenny Morris and Jonathan Green) and Technical Support Officer (Mikk Bradley).

  • 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 the Cooks Guidance Notes.
  • Leaders Training Day (21st May)


Please contact Jenny Morris to discuss the role:
Phone: 01494 783 453 ext 611
Email: jenny.morris@waterways.org.uk

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Role description

Canal Camp Cook