Science on our doorstep

We’re in the midst of British Science Week (13th-22nd March) - a celebration of the best of British science, technology, engineering and maths.

One of the themes of this year’s British Science Week is ‘Science on our doorstep’. We are very fortunate to have so much science on our doorsteps on the waterways of England and Wales, and to have so many volunteers who help with our work within the Technical Teams.

To give you an idea of the breadth of volunteering we have within the technical teams, here are some examples of our roles.

We have student environmental assistants based within our teams across the country. They get involved in the day to day tasks that the environment team are working on, along with taking on their own projects, for example survey work, supporting our Green Plan project and dissertation work.

A great example of volunteers being involved in ‘Science on our doorstep’ is our canal discharge surveyors. On various waterways across the country groups of volunteers are out with iPads recording discharges into the water. More information about the canal discharge surveys can be found here.

In addition to our canal discharge surveys, we also have volunteers who assist with various other surveys, including bat surveys, water vole surveys, plant surveys and hedgerow surveys.

Team work

So far the roles mentioned have had an ecological or environmental focus, but of course, science encompasses so much more. We have volunteers in our engineering teams, in our heritage teams and in our project delivery teams. Collaboration across all these teams between colleagues and staff ensures that we are able to conserve the science on our doorstep – the water, the wildlife, the structures and more.

If you’d like to get involved and volunteer with us, search for an opportunity on our volunteering pages.

This week we’ve launched campaign to help keep our ducks healthy – a perfect way to engage children in Science on our doorstep – find out much more here.

Last date edited: 16 March 2015

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Volunteer coordinator

Amanda is a volunteer coordinator for the Technical Team within the Trust. Whether it’s finding a student for a long-term placement with the environment team or assisting the hydrology team with a team of volunteers to count boat movements, she can be counted on to find the right people for the role. Amanda joined the Trust in July 2012 and previously worked as the Volunteer Leader in the East Midlands. She has worked at other charities in people engagement roles, but is at her happiest besides the water.

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