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Leadership and management, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
2 January 2018
Closing Date: 28 February 2018
Lapworth, Stratford upon Avon Canal, Solihull
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We are looking for enthusiastic and committed individuals to co-ordinate and lead our expanding volunteer teams in Asset Delivery, our planned works team, who tackle tasks including moving boats to lock repairs, installing towpaths, and maintaining heritage structures such as bridges and toll houses.
As a Lead, you'll work alongside staff and other volunteers to plan, deliver, and celebrate volunteering across the West Midlands, and particularly on the Grand Union and Stratford Canals in Warwickshire. In return for a regular commitment of your time, we provide the opportunity to gain experience and put your skills into practice, to ensure the smooth day to day running of volunteer activities, and give our volunteers the best experience possible.
This is a responsible role with a lot to offer the right person, so if it sounds just what you've been looking for, we'd love to talk to you about it!
A strong set of skills & experience, ideal for those looking to gain practical work experience and increase their employability. Dedicated training and networking is an essential part of the role, and you'll be supported by existing Lead volunteers and staff as you develop your skills. With a wide range of projects across the West Midlands, t's a great way to explore your local waterways and meet lots of new people from a wide range of backgrounds.
Strong people skills, including patience, listening and the ability to respond to volunteers' needs
Good organisational skills
Enthusiasm for the waterways and the Trust's valiues
Good understanding of health & safety principles
Experience of working on practical tasks such as landscaping, hedgerow management, brickwork & building conservation
Experience of volunteering, especially working in a team
Comfortable with IT
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