News: Job Vacancy: Tiverton Canal Co. Seeking Boatman

News: Job Vacancy: Tiverton Canal Co. Seeking Boatman

Date Added: 12/04/2014 @ 11:11am


Would you like to work with Heavy Horses?

Are you over 18, active, a lover of the outdoors, and a fast learner?

If so, this unique job opportunity may be for you…

We are looking for a boatman to work with our horses, guiding them along the canal on our 11 mile barge trips and help keep the horse drawn barge tradition alive.

Applicant requirements:

  • Local to the Tiverton area / able to get to the Canal with ease on the days and times required.
  • A genuine willingness to work as part of a team on the last horse-drawn barge in the West country, on the Grand Western Canal Country Park and Local Nature Reserve in Tiverton.
  • Our horses hold a very important position within this business, so a genuine love and empathy towards animals is important, as their happiness is essential.
  • Being able to swim is mandatory – due to the nature of the job and exposure to water.
  • A certain amount of physical strength is required as well as enjoying walking and working outside.
  • Previous experience working with horses and animals would be preferable, although any successful applicant will be given full training in all aspects so it is not essential.
  • In choosing to join our small and friendly team as crew for the 2014 season you will be helping to keep the last horse-drawn barge in the West country alive for another generation.

This job will be open until the end of October: 3 days a week - 8.30am - 5.30pm (dependent upon trips operating) with possibility for more days.


  • You will be required groom horse/restock barge.
  • Taking passengers on 2 ½ hour return trips, twice daily.

To apply call Jacquie on 01884 253345 (Telephone application only please)

Open Tuesday to Sunday 9.30am to 4.30pm (closed Mondays)

Good Luck!!

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