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Towpath Ranger - Milton Keynes


Reference: OPP0004475

Activities: Customer service, Practical, Recording and monitoring

Starts: Anytime

Closing Date: 16 December 2016

Milton Keynes, Grand Union Canal, Buckinghamshire

Our waterways are a living tourist attraction, much loved by visitors to them and the communities around them. Towpath Rangers are our guardians of the local waterway, a friendly face who is happy to chat to towpath users including boaters, walkers, cyclists and anglers when needed. On your regular (weekly or more often) walks along your towpath patch, you’ll get to feedback anything you think we should be aware of too.

As a Towpath Ranger the activities you undertake will vary but are likely to include some of the following:

• Regularly walk a stretch of the canal and be the public face of the Canal and River Trust, talking to towpath users, answering queries and providing excellent customer service
• Support the Contracts team to monitor frequency and quality of grass and tree cutting
• Carry out simple environmental and wildlife surveys
• Survey and maintain signage, Graffiti removal and litter picking
• Record mooring sightings and upload on line


This is a great opportunity to have a positive impact and make improvements on your local waterway
Meet other local volunteers, learn new skills, and hear about other volunteering opportunities if you would like to get more involved.
Enjoy some gentle exercise, getting out and about on your local stretch of canal and helping people engage with the waterways.

Skills required

Ideally you’ll have local knowledge and an interest in the waterway and the surrounding area, but this is not essential. Most important is the ability to communicate and help others, with a friendly and outgoing manner.
You will need access to the internet to be able to log boat sightings you take.
You’ll need some flexibility, being prepared to work on your own or with others.
Enjoyment of working outdoors is important, whatever the weather - possibly for up to one or two hours a day (depending on the location and your availability).
A basic knowledge of IT would be beneficial, although full training will be given.
We will provide relevant safety advice and provide you with a uniform and necessary equipment.
Reasonable out-of-pocket expenses can be claimed.

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