Unique opportunity - work on a narrowboat hotel from April to October

Contract type
779 days ago


Crew Member
Canals and Rivers of England (United Kingdom) - Temporary - early April until mid-October


Want to work on a hotel boat, cruising the English rivers and canals? We are recruiting crew for this summer, our 2013 season.

Hotel boats 'Snipe' and 'Taurus' are two 70ft x 7ft traditional narrowboats which work together offering cruises on the canals and rivers of England and Wales and accommodate up to 8 guests per week.

We are looking for two crew to join the owner-operators. If you are looking for a different way to travel, work and experience something completely new, then this may be the job for you It is important that you have willingness to learn unique and interesting skills, and be able to work closely with other people.

We are a family business and while the job is sometimes very hard work, it is also a lot of fun – what better way to work and travel around the country? We meet wonderful friendly people amongst our passengers and other boaters, and we get to visit some of the most beautiful parts of the country.

We ideally employ at least one member of crew for the full season (April until mid-October), however if you are at college/university until mid june (for example), we will definitely consider you, though please think about your application seriously, as this is not one of those jobs that are ‘fun for just a month', you will be part of a very close team, and the enjoyment of everyone depends on you fulfilling your role.

This is a live-in position and all your meals are included. We cannot offer shared accommodation, however if you are a couple and do not consider this to be a problem, we would welcome your application. You will live and work on the boats full-time and will therefore travel throughout the country. There aren’t many jobs that offer you a different destination every time you get a day off!

Please also note, as we work very closely with all crew we prefer to interview applicants, so you must be prepared to attend an interview with possible travel involved to Warwick to see the boats.

Boating experience is not necessary, some hotel or hospitality knowledge is preferred but not critical. Most important is a willingness to learn and get stuck in!


Duties vary each day, which for the adventurous makes the job more appealing as there are opportunities to learn new skills. Essential qualities we look for are that you are physically fit and enjoy life outdoors, in all weathers.

Daily tasks include kitchen duties (vegetable preparation, preparing a simple meal, making a cake or dessert) and housekeeping (making the beds and occasionally cleaning the toilets!). If you are fit, active and enthusiastic, experience is not an issue as training for all aspects will be provided. We can also assist you if you are interested in obtaining a Boat Masters licence, as a lot of the boat handling skills that you will learn with us can contribute to the completion of your log-book.


Pay is £170 per week (£120 per week plus £50 per week paid as a lump sum on successful completion of the period of work), paid 4 weekly in arrears. Room and board are covered by us as the position is a 'live-in' one. There is also the opportunity to gain tips up to £120+ per week, dependant on the number of guests on board and their generosity!


Send us an email - tell us about yourself and your suitability for the role. If you can, attach your CV and let us know when you would be available to work from.

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