Every year, we run between 16-20 Summer Canal Camps. This means we need to find more than 60 volunteer Canal Camp leaders and assistant leaders each year.   

What they do

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

What’s involved

The main role of the leader is to motivate and organise the volunteers to work safely towards completing the canal restoration task and, above all, make the Canal Camp an enjoyable week. As a leader, you are responsible for the well-being of your volunteers 24 hours a day for the duration of the camp.

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.

Required skills and experience

To become a Canal Camp Leader you must 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) and Technical Support Officer (Mikk Bradley).
WRG is 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: jenny.hodson@waterways.org.uk

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Role description

Canal Camp Leader