Situations Vacant

We welcome involvement at all levels regardless of your experience.

There are also a number of tasks that need some specific experience.


We are looking to fill the following paid roles.


We are looking for help with the following volunteer roles.

Conservation / Restoration volunteers

Anyone with an interest in conservation, restoration and environmental work is welcome. We have four sites along the disused Buckingham Canal with various projects and maintenance tasks at each one. You don’t have to be amazingly fit, just enjoy working outside with a friendly group of people. Work party dates are 2nd Sunday of each month and alternate Thursdays. We also organise regular social events for volunteers and members which includes a festival in July. Please click here for application via the website

Fund Raising Volunteer

An individual preferably with previous experience of applying for funding or with similar skills is needed to manage fund raising for the Society. Specific tasks will include researching avenues for funds, applying for grants and drafting application forms. The volunteer would be supported in this role and be provided with background information on funding sources. The volunteer could also work from home. The Society organises regular social events for helpers which include a festival in July. References will be required. Please click here for application via the website

Minutes Secretary

We have a vacancy for a minutes secretary. Main responsibilities are to provide secretarial services and support at BCS committee meeting. This includes taking the minutes of the meetings which are held from 7:45pm to 10pm on the first Thursday of each month. Desirable: an interest in canals. For more details please email or telephone Athina Beckett on 01908 661217 for a chat.


Buckingham Canal Society needs bricklaying skills to help with the restoration of various structures including lock chambers, spill-weirs and bridges. The work is part of the restoration plan for the whole canal from Cosgrove to Buckingham. The aim is to restore the canal back to navigable condition, providing excellent leisure opportunities. Experience with lime mortar, historic structures and/or waterways would be ideal but not essential. Please click here for application via the website

Publicity Officer

Since 1992 Buckingham Canal Society has been working on sites along the Old Stratford and Buckingham Arms of the Grand Union Canal which they eventually hope to see re-opened breathing new life, recreational opportunities and environmentally friendly businesses to the area. They are currently in need of a Publicity Officer to promote the canal restoration work including drafting and distribution of appropriate periodic press releases to an agreed list of publicity targets. The role will also include expanding on this list and building relationships with publicity organisations.  For this role good communication skills, both written and verbal are essential along with ability to organise and work as part of a team delivering to deadlines. Knowledge and understanding of waterways would be ideal but not essential. Working from your own home, and with the exception of occasional meetings in the Buckingham/Milton Keynes area, this is a role which can be flexible to suit the volunteers days/times. Please click here for application via the website

Project management

Canal Project Manager wanted on a voluntary basis to work with and assist with the planning and the overseeing of the restoration and re-watering of a length of the disused Buckingham Canal. Would suit a retired civil engineer or surveyor. Experience of earth embankment and water flow in open channels would be useful. Please click here for application via the website


Part Time Support Worker – 8 hours per week – £16,640 pa (pro rata)

We dig canals…… you?

We are seeking an additional self-motivated, enthusiastic support worker to join our team, working to targeted outcomes developing positive working relationships with our volunteers and enable them to achieve their potential.

This person will help volunteers to develop personal transferable skills and individual plans to achieve this. The outcome of this will also enable a succession planning capability for the Society, whilst helping volunteers improve opportunities for themselves. In some cases, this will assist with return towards employment and/or improved careers through conservation and restoration related activities as part of a voluntary team. Additionally the support worker role will include assisting the Society in project administration and planning support activities as well as record maintenance.

The role is seen by the Trustees to be a key enabler for us to support the development of a broad range of volunteer personnel who in turn will help the growth and objectives of the Society and drive the canal restoration forward. Working with the charity’s trustees and management team, you will also help drive community engagement and partnerships delivering an overall greater project capacity. This part-time role will possibly enable the successful applicant to simultaneously undertake personal development training; the Society plans to work closely with Aylesbury &/or Milton Keynes College and other relevant training providers to support the employee outside of the working hours to achieve this.

Some weekend working is essential to this role and hours will be annualised.

Further details, can be found by clicking here for the job description (maybe subject to amendment before appointment) and here for the application form.

Alternatively email 

Completed application forms together with a CV should be submitted to the same email address.

Closing date is noon on Friday 24th March 2017 and interviews will be held on Monday 3rd April in Milton Keynes.

If you would like an informal discussion regarding this role, please contact Terry Cavender on 07976 629440

The application process will be by application form with written letter of application and CV. Selected candidates will then be invited to an initial interview. A second interview with practical assessment and written test will be offered to short listed candidates. An application form should be completed in all cases.

All completed applications should be emailed to No agencies will be engaged for the recruitment process.

Other opportunities

Other opportunities are always emerging. For more details please email or telephone Athina Beckett on 01908 661217 for a chat. Alternatively phone any of the committee – for details click here…

Trustees and officers

In addition, we are receiving support from the Charity Aid Network which is a part of the Clare Foundation in recruiting additional trustees and officers.

clare foundation

If you would like to find out more about this the Clare Foundation can be contacted via the details on their website by clicking here.