Anglian Waterways Volunteer Scheme

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The Environment Agency Anglian Waterways Team is currently looking for volunteers to assist boaters at the locks at Houghton, St Ives, Godmanchester and Eaton Socon.

Representing the Anglian Waterways Team, volunteers assist boaters with locking at weekends, perform basic site maintenance and support the Environment Agency at events. Tasks will be varied, rewarding and offer opportunities to learn new skills and meet people. Boating experience is not necessary, but volunteers must be confident to be around water and will be given appropriate training, a uniform and an ID badge.

“We meet so many interesting people, 99.99% of which are really appreciative of our help. Then again, who wouldn't enjoy being outdoors and near water?” – St Ives lock volunteer

How to Apply

If you would like to apply to become an Anglian Waterways Volunteer, please complete the online application form here or download a copy to complete on your computer or by hand here. If you complete the paper copy, please return by email to: or post to:

Rachael Brown
Cambridgeshire ACRE
E-space North, 181 Wisbech Road
Littleport, Ely, CB6 1RA

Any questions?

If you have any questions or would like to know more about this role before submitting an application, please contact Rachael Brown by phone on 01353 865037 or email at

IMPORTANT - Unfortunately we are unable to accept applications from individuals who are currently/have been involved in a legal dispute with the Environment Agency. Applicants must be 18 or over.  

The 'Anglian Waterways Volunteer' volunteering scheme is a partnership between Cambridgeshire ACRE and the Environment Agency.