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Work with us

Spend your days by our waterway – work for the beautiful 14-mile Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation.

Current Vacancies

Lengthsman – £20k/year

Location:  Paper Mill Lock, North Hill, Little Baddow, Chelmsford, CM3 4BS
Salary:  up to £20,000 per annum plus 8% pension contribution.

We are looking for a lengthsman to look after the Navigation – undertaking practical maintenance and construction work.

Closing date for applications is 9.00 a.m. on Monday 16th August 2021.

Download the job pack for full details about the role and to apply.


Café and Catering Supervisor (seasonal, part time) – £10/hour

Location: Heybridge Basin, Maldon, CM9 4RY
Salary: £10.00 per hour (pro rata to £18,200 per annum).

The Café and Catering Supervisor will look after our refreshments kiosk at Heybridge Basin and organise catering requirements for our trips boats based at Paper Mill Lock. The kiosk is open from Easter until the end of October and there may be potential for extending operations into the winter months.

Closing date for applications: 9.00 a.m. on Monday 21st June 2021.

Download the job pack for full details about the role and to apply.


Boatmaster (part time) – £14.48/hour
  • Location: Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation
  • Salary: £14.48 per hour (£13.21+9.6% enhance in respect of holidays)

We are looking for a qualified skipper (must hold a Boatmasters’ Licence or equivalent for carrying up to 50 passengers, as required by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency) to operate our trip boat Victoria on the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation.

This is seasonal work from April to end of October, and is a zero-hours contract – i.e. subject to your availability. Shifts are typically 3½ hours long and you can expect around 20 bookings each year including some weekends and evenings.

You will join our existing team of skippers on Victoria, offering trips to groups along the beautiful waterway, including operating locks based at Paper Mill Lock, Little Baddow, Essex CM3 4BS.

To find out more please call the Navigation Manager on 07966 375 351 or email