Volunteer Licensing Rangers are part of the Canal & River Trust’s team supporting our Licence Team by assisting with gathering data, passing on crucial messages and identifying problems. They are the eyes and ears of the Trust on priority stretches of waterway, a friendly face who is happy engaging with all users of our towpaths and canals. While meeting and helping people, our Licencing Rangers also build relationships with local residents and communities, on and off the water, to get involved and volunteer with us to make a difference to the canals and rivers they care about.
As a Volunteer Licensing Ranger, you will help make sure the canals are an enjoyable place for everyone: reporting any issues that you see; engaging those you meet and telling them about the work of the Trust; supporting events; monitoring and logging boats; assisting paid Licensing Rangers and Licence Support Officers in their work with our boating customers.
What skills are we looking for?
The most important attributes are an ability to interact with and help others, a friendly manner and the ability to make a good first impression. You will need a hands-on approach, a can-do attitude, good attention to detail, and the flexibility to work on your own or with others. It may be that you have an interest in the waterways and/or good local knowledge of the area, but they aren’t essential so long as you’re willing to learn more about both.
You’ll be happy chatting with the general public, and sympathetic to their concerns and issues. Being a good listener is just as important to this role as being observant and taking accurate notes.
We will provide all relevant training and tools & equipment required to carry out this role.
What will you get from us?
This is the chance to have a positive impact on your local waterway; helping boaters and other local people to value and appreciate it. It is a fact that being by the water makes you happier and healthier, this role allows you to both increase your own wellbeing as well as encouraging others to improve theirs.
Volunteer Licensing Rangers will receive an induction and on-going training as it’s needed, including in the use of our BSA Light boat-sighting app. The Trust will provide clothing and equipment and offers reasonable out of pocket expenses.