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

Lead volunteers

Lead volunteers play a major role organising and leading teams of volunteers across the Trust. We are now actively recruiting more volunteers to take on leadership roles. Could this be an opportunity that is of interest to you?

Marcus Hill-Jones leads Turnerwood Towpath Taskforce on Chesterfield Canal Marcus Hill-Jones
"The key to success is communication. To this end I recommend any new leader meets with the local management to agree a way of working together." Brian Bayston, Lead Volunteer, (Volunteer Boat Moving Team) West Midlands

Some of our regular volunteers have taken on extra responsibility for leading volunteer teams or organising special projects, and this has been really helpful in improving facilities for local communities and delivering some of our key objectives.

Our existing lead volunteers are doing a great job and we are actively looking for more volunteers who would be prepared to consider lead positions.

In return, we are offering training and ongoing support to develop the capabilities of volunteers who are both willing and able to allocate the additional time required to take on designated lead volunteer roles. 

If you are an existing volunteer and interested in doing that 'little bit extra' then please discuss this with your task manager. 

We are also keen to talk to potential volunteers who are looking to develop their existing organisational skills and gain experience of volunteer team management in a supportive environment. 

So what's involved ?

Lead volunteers make sure that the volunteers in their team are made welcome, given the information they need for their role, and thanked for their contribution. They work with Trust staff to ensure an enjoyable experience for all those working with the Trust, securing the right resources to deliver the task effectively in a safe environment.

Leads are needed for all sorts of teams, from Towpath Taskforce and Museums maintenance through Volunteer Lock Keepers and Welcome Stations to Archives and education Explorers.

How do I become a lead volunteer? 

Browse the opportunities advertised on this site and, if there are any that interest you, sign up online and you will be contacted by the recruiting manager who will discuss the role, what you can offer, what qualifications or references may be required. If you can't see a role that suits you, we may still be able to make use of your enthusiasm; talk to your task manager or contact volunteer@canalrivertrust.org.uk.

Each role has a trial period, where you will work alongside other lead volunteers and Trust staff looking after your team. 

Once you've started you'll get access to support information, assigned an experienced lead as a 'buddy' and have opportunities to network regularly. All we ask is that you commit to helping us for essential sessions, over a minimum period, dependant on need.

Current opportunities

Last date edited: 5 April 2018