Become a Volunteer

We are an all-volunteer charity with no paid employees, so we depend 100% on the willingness and commitment of local people to get involved in running and managing things.

If you’re looking for local volunteering opportunities in Hemel Hempstead, then volunteering for the award-winning Waterways Experiences is both fun and rewarding.

We manage three beautiful wide-beam boats from our purpose-built base on the banks of the Grand Union Canal in Nash Mills, Hemel Hempstead.  This means we usually have a wide variety of volunteer roles to suit people of all ages and from all walks of life. Even if you’ve never been on a canal boat in your life it doesn’t matter to us. All that’s important is that you have both the enthusiasm and commitment to volunteer regularly, and relevant skills and experience (or willingness to learn).

We keep this site up to date with current volunteer vacancies.   If you think one of these might suit you, please complete and submit the expression of interest form and the relevant team leader will get in touch with you with more information and to arrange a meeting at the boat base.

If you don’t find any voluntary work that sounds right for you today, we hope you’ll revisit this page to check for updates.  Or feel free to drop an email to membership@wexp.org.uk telling us a little bit about your skills and availability for volunteering and one of the team will get back to you. We usually have plenty of volunteer work for willing and competent administrators.

Our comfortable boat base at Nash Mills has basic office facilities.  Many of our volunteers work on site on Wednesday mornings and we provide a light lunch.  But the base is open on other days too, depending on when boats are booked out for trips and when groups of volunteers arrange meetings and working parties.  Much of our management and administration  happens by email from home.

We pay reasonable travel expenses where work involves travel to our base in Nash Mills. Each volunteer is part of a departmental team, guided by an experienced team leader.

Not local to Hemel Hempstead?

We have a few places on each of our Enable Holiday trips for one-off volunteering. This would suit you if you don’t live locally or can’t commit to regular crewing year round.  For more information visit our Enable Holidays pages.