Foxhangers Canal Holidays have been delighting customers since 1997 with our beautiful fleet of narrowboats and exciting holiday adventures.

Based on the stunning, historic, Kennet and Avon canal near Devizes, Wiltshire, we now seek a motivated and passionate Boatyard Assistant to work as an integral part of our boat maintenance team.

General Description

Working in our Operations department the Boatyard Assistant is involved with practical hands-on tasks associated with a busy canal boat business however, a strong customer focus is required on the hire fleet turnaround days.

The role requires someone with a strong work ethic and basic level of practical skills. The role encompasses several areas of the Foxhangers’ operation and is vitally important in helping to ensure our boats provide unrivalled boating experiences that are enjoyed by our customers as well as supporting a happy and positive environment to work in.

Day to day responsibilities will be varied and the main focus of the role is the basic maintenance of our holiday hire boat fleet and privately owned canal boats. The role will also involve assisting our boat building team as well as general site maintenance. Given the varied nature of the role, a flexible can-do attitude is essential.


Required Skills and Attributes

  • Resilient, meticulous & consistent
  • Hard working
  • Fit and relatively agile
  • Good team player
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to prioritise jobs
  • Initiative
  • Some flexibility in working hours

Preferred Skills / Experience or willingness to learn

  • Tractor & Trailer driving
  • Digger driving
  • All Terrain Forklift driving
  • Grounds and property maintenance
  • Narrowboat handling skills
  • Welding skills (training can be provided)
  • Plumbing knowledge and fault-finding skills
  • Diesel engine knowledge and maintenance skills
  • Current driver’s licence
  • First Aid Certificate (training can be provided)
  • Boat master/Helmsman license (training can be provided)


The standard working hours are 24 per week working three 8-hour days (08:30-17:00) with a half hour break for lunch.

During the period mid-March to end November this will include working Saturdays on a rota.

On occasions, you will be required to start work earlier or finish later to fit in with the demands of the business.


Additional Benefits:

28 days holiday per annum (pro rata).
A beautiful working environment right on the Kennet and Avon Canal.
The chance to be part of a passionate team.

Immediate start available for the right candidate.

Job Type: Part-time

Pay: £11.50 – £13 / hr


  • 8 hour shift
  • 3 days between Monday and Saturday

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