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Trip Boat Crew - National Waterways Museum

Ellesmere Port, Shropshire Union Canal, the Wirral


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It gives me a warm feeling when a boater asks whether I will be there for the return journey.
Bill, lock keeper

What's involved?

We are looking to recruit a number of volunteers to help us support our trip boat crew throughout the season at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port.
We need help on 6 days, Tuesday - Sunday, and welcome applications from anyone who can kindly offer their time all we ask is a minimum of 1 full day a week.
You will be helping with a variety of different tasks and activities whilst training to be a deckhand such as leading the commentary on our trip boat and assisting our customers with tickets, rope handling, maintenance and cleaning. We would love you to have some boating experience already.
You will also be trained to steer the boat with a view to becoming a helmsman.
It’s all about creating a memorable visitor experience, and being a public face of the Canal & River Trust, answering any questions and encouraging them to return to our waterways and tell their friends about us.

What skills are we looking for?

Previous boating experience would be desirable but not mandatory. The role will suit people who have a friendly enthusiastic manner and enjoy working with visitors. It will involve some public speaking, and so someone who is confident with a thirst and a passion for knowledge would be ideal. This role can sometimes be physically demanding, and you will be on your feet all day. Due to the nature and training of the role, we would need someone who can give us regular, full days. You will be required to attend an interview as part of the selection process, and full training will be given. Out of pocket expenses can be claimed.

What will you get from us?

Recognition scheme based on total hours given.
Free car parking.
Uniform items provided.
Amazing views of a heritage environment from your volunteer space.
Opportunities to learn new skills as well as to develop existing ones.
Being part of a friendly and dedicated team, meeting people and making a real difference to our visitors’ experience.

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