We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

Access Negotiator Volunteer – East Midlands


Reference: OPP0005981

Activities: Engineering, Office-based, Other specialist roles, Outdoors, Regularly, Surveying, Working with visitors

Starts: Anytime

Closing Date: 15 March 2018


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Our waterways attract almost 20 million visits a year by members of the public, and a great deal of inspection is required to keep our visitors safe and infrastructure well maintained. To do this, our Inspectors carry out regular checks, but access to some areas can be restricted (for example by permissions to gain access over private land). To make things easier, we are seeking a volunteer to assist in reviewing access options and securing permissions from third party landowners.

This task will suit someone who is happy to study maps and plans, and would be comfortable visiting sites and liaising with landowners (by verbal and written correspondence). You will also need a degree of basic IT knowledge. Site visits would be supplementary to spending the majority of time volunteering in the office alongside our engineering and inspection team in the East Midlands region, from our office in Newark.


If you have a keen eye for detail and enjoy finding solutions to tricky issues, you may enjoy this role. There will be a chance to visit a variety of locations across the East Midlands and communicate with a range of people. You will need to be physically able and happy to undertake site visits using reliable transport where required.

Skills required

After a successful interview with the team you will inducted into this task and will be required to work with minimal supervision in the Newark office. There will be some training on Trust mapping and filing systems, after this you will be able to choose how you wish to approach this task. Ideally we need the successful volunteer to commit to one or more days a week on this task. An interview and reference is required for this role.

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