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Why volunteer for us?
Are you looking for an opportunity to make a difference in your local community, to help save lives and be part of a dynamic new charity?  We can offer you a choice of exciting and fulfilling volunteer roles.  York Rescue Boat is a charity dedicated to improving safety on and around the rivers of York.  We are looking for enthusiastic and creative volunteers with a “can do” attitude, whether helping with our fundraising to pay for a rescue boat, safety equipment and volunteer training, or as operational crew deployed on our patrol boat and support vehicle.  Either way, you will be a vital part of a close-knit team and, alongside being a great addition to your CV, volunteering with us gives you a chance to meet some great new people and the satisfaction of doing something to help the wider community.


Crew Member

Over 18 years old, you will be fit enough to handle a physically demanding role that could see you recovering casualties from the river in the middle of the night.  You will also have the mental discipline to cope with such demands, and the positive approach required to work as part of a small team in potentially challenging conditions.  You will be willing to commit to regular training sessions, and to an agreed number of operational deployments every month once trained to the required level.  As part of a small charity, you will have a flexible approach and also be prepared to help with our fundraising efforts.

Personnel and Policies Officer

The Personnel and Policies Officer has ultimate responsibility for all people based activity within York Rescue Boat from both an operational and strategic perspective.  The Personnel and Policies Officer is involved in many areas, such as: resource planning and recruitment; training and being the first point of contact for all  volunteer related issues.  The Personnel and Policies Officer may also oversee the charity’s salary review process, payroll and all comp and bens issues. The Personnel and Policies Officer works closely and in support of the Chairman, Trustees and other department heads.


Creative and enthusiastic, you will have a real desire to raise funds for a small, local charity aiming to make a big impact on river safety.  You will be as happy working as part of a team as you are taking forward agreed tasks on your own to meet deadlines.  You will be willing to attend at least one monthly meeting with your fundraising colleagues, and potentially more in the run up to major events.  You will also be able to support six fundraising events over the course of a year.  You will of course be a great communicator, happy explaining our work to members of the public.

If you are interested in any of the above roles and wish to apply, please click here to be redirected to our contact page.