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Here at British Canoeing we set our standards high and pursue excellence in all that we do; as a National Governing Body of Sport and as a group of individuals.

This is a great time to join British Canoeing,  as we look to deliver on our 2021 ambitions and develop our new strategy for Paddlesport from 2022 onwards.

With members now totalling more than 85,000 in number, we continue to grow as an organisation providing exciting new opportunities for our workforce.

If you are interested in becoming part of our team, please, view our current vacancies.

Places to Paddle Support Officer

Kickstart Scheme

Reports to: Places to Paddle Manager

Department: Recreational Paddling

Working pattern: Monday - Friday (part time 25 hours per week)

Hourly Rate: National Minimum Wage

Are you aged 18-24 eligible for Universal Credit and looking to kickstart your career?

Kickstart Scheme - to apply you must be aged between 18-24 and eligible for universal credit.

This is an exciting opportunity and your chance to gain valuable, meaningful experience in a paid role for at 6 months.

Have you got a passion for sport, the outdoors, the water and want to combine it with your first meaningful job?

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Role purpose:

To assist in the publishing of Paddle Trail information on the Go Paddling website. To review and update existing trail information and prepare new trails for publishing.

Key responsibilities

●        Responsible for updating, checking, proof reading and converting old trails into a new format ready for publishing.

●        Utilising Photoshop and Canva to create trails and maps.

●        Researching information for creation of new trails to be added to the Trail database.

●        Working with the PaddlePoints website to add new waterways, content and points to the map.

●        Support in the moderation of new content and management of reported points.

●        Write new content for river pages on PaddlePoints.

●        Maintaining a clear filing system for trail information.


What are we looking for?


Excellent English skills, both reading & writing. Must be able to proofread trail information and write clear, accurate new content for Trails and PaddlePoints.

Good IT skills, competent in using Word, Excel and ability to grasp new applications (including design programs) easily.

Able to work independently, to follow processes and organise documents effectively.


Ideally the candidate will be able to demonstrate creative writing skills, to ensure that content is engaging, but clear to the audience.

What else do I need to know?

Paddling Trails and PaddlePoints are one of British Canoeing’s most valued services. Over 600,000 unique visitors were attracted to the Go Paddling website in 2020 and that number is set to be over a million in 2021. There are currently 175 trails on the database, but work is required to bring them up to a consistent standard and format. As a user generated site, PaddlePoints is continually growing and requires regular moderation. British Canoeing is ambitious in wanting to improve and evolve this digital resource and the successful applicant will play a part in supporting this work.

British Canoeing is looking for someone who will be able to deploy a range of skills, from writing to simple design work as well as careful management of files and folders.

The successful applicant will be supported by the Places to Paddle Manager and colleagues within the Recreation Team, to grasp key processes until able to work independently. Time management will be important.

How to apply

For further details of the role and to apply, please email or speak to your work coach advisor for the DWP quoting job vacancy number (313042)


Please email your CV and Covering letter to: [email protected]

Closing date: Thursday 30th September 2021

This post is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, British Canoeing is only permitted to ask an individual information about ‘unspent’ cautions and convictions. This will be carried out through completion of a DBS Basic Check. 

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of everyone taking part in our sport, including children and young people, and expect the same commitment from all staff and volunteers.

British Canoeing is an equal opportunity employer.


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