Work Boat Volunteers ~ Helmsmen & Canal Maintenance


21 Apr
21Apr

Scottish Canal Volunteers ~ Helmsmen & Canal Maintenance

DescriptionOur volunteers have access to 2 dedicated boats, one called "Lochrin" which operates between the Forth & Clyde and Union canal.   They have many uses, from litter picking to vegetation management.   Working Crew and Helmsmen are required to keep these boats operating on canal maintenance.

LocationForth & Clyde and Union Canal

TaskBased on a workboat you will assist Scottish Canals with general maintenance of both canals.  From vegetation clearance to painting structures to crewing the boat, there is a job for every ability.

Time CommitmentHaving a flexible approach to time management is key.  We would prefer people who can commit ling term due to the nature of this project:  We are happy to discuss this further with you.

Why Volunteer with Scottish Canals

Being custodians of the canal is an important job.  Here at Scottish Canals we take pride in our work and want you to be a big part of it, together we can help maintain 200 years of history. 

You will also become part of our family where every day is a school day and no challenge is too big.

  • You will be given standard PPE
  • Award scheme operating
  • Travel Expense
  • Training included


Skills Required
  • Punctual time keeper
  • Willing to work outdoors
  • Able to travel (boat will be moored in different locations)
  • Reasonably fit
  • Helmsmen cert (training available)
  • Able to use hand tools
  • Good team player
  • Good communicator
  • Mechanical knowledge  (to help look after boat engine)
  • Knowledge of boats – not essestintal
  • Be able to make a good cuppa!


Contact by email
Carol Bell on Carol.Bell2@scottishcanals.co.uk
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