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Love waterways?

Become a volunteer!

A group of volunteers taking part in grounds tidying with a bridge in the background.

EA staff and volunteers on the Northampton Lock island clean up

We are looking for volunteers to be an important source of information for boaters and to help keep our waterways a special place to enjoy.


Who is runs the scheme?

Cambridgeshire ACRE is working in partnership with the Environment Agency to manage this scheme. As a Waterways Volunteer you will be volunteering on behalf of the Environment Agency and will wear an Environment Agency Volunteer uniform. Cambridgeshire ACRE will recruit you as a volunteer, organise your training/networking events and generally support your volunteering activities with the Environment Agency.



What will you get out of it?

You will learn how our waterways are managed for public use,  acquire new skills and make a valuable contribution to providing safe facilities and a warm welcome for boaters and other visitors alike. We also hope you will get a huge amount of personal satisfaction from seeing the fantastic results of all your hard work.

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A small crowd of visitors at the Waterways stand at a boat show.

Attending the stand at one of our events

Volunteers working to tidy up grounds around the river.

Getting stuck in to  a lock island clean up

Volunteers trimming bushes along the river.

Tackling some overgrown and untidy bushes

What experience do I need?

You do not need any boating experience, but you must be confident around water. Your health and safety is paramount to us and you will be given appropriate training as part of your induction to the scheme. This will take place in the classroom and on-site.

A volunteer operating a lock control box.
Two narrow boats sharing a lock.
Two people stood next to a guillotine gate.

Time to get out of the class room and get involved in some training in the fresh air

Who volunteers?

When you join as a volunteer you will become part of a very special group.  We have people from all walks of life with different skills, abilities and knowledge.  We really do appreciate the time and effort that all our volunteers give, so as a small gesture for such a big help, we hold an annual 'volunteers' evening.  It gives our volunteers the opportunity to meet each other and for us to say thank you for all their hard work over the past year. Last year's event involved knot tieing, a quiz and a very nice cake!

A group of volunteers seated at a celebration event.
Four volunteers proudly showing off their prize of a box of chocolates at a celebration event.
A volunteer cuts a cake at a celebration event.

Some of our wonderful volunteers at our special evening to say thank you for their hard work, the triumphant quiz team and a rather nice cake

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