Volunteering Opportunities

The John Bunyan Community Boat is run by volunteers to raise funds for our parent organisation the Bedford & Milton Waterways Trust, who promote the development of a waterway park between Bedford and Milton Keynes.

Every season the John Bunyan Boat carries over 6,000 passengers in a mix of cruises including Music, Fish & Chip, Private Charters, Educational, Special Events and many more. The smooth running takes about 4,500 water based crew hours, and 4,500 land based crew hours per season from a variety of people and skills.

Every volunteer brings different skills providing the organisation with a wide range of experience that it can draw on. Many volunteers also join to learn new skills as well as offering their existing skills, and we have many different opportunities allowing volunteers to gain skills in areas such as; Hospitality, Deck Crew, Marketing & Sales, Helming, First Aid, Water Safety and becoming a Maritime & Coastguard Agency Boatmaster. Full training is provided from both internal and external agencies, and we offer volunteer social events throughout the year.

If you would like to join our team, please get in contact by downloading and filling out our form and let us know what role/s you are interested in and someone will be in contact. Occasionally we have specific roles we are looking for which will be advertised below. If we are advertising a role you would like to apply for, fill out the registration form quoting the role title & reference.

Typical roles with the John Bunyan Boat include: Cabin Crew, Deck Crew, Purser, Helm, Boatmaster, Training, Maintenance, Sales & Marketing, Finance and Event Planning.

You can download our Volunteer Registration Form here.