Water Adventure Centre

Youth and Play Worker

37 Hours

£23,679 to £26,194 (JNC points 13 to 16)

 Available at:

The Water Adventure Centre uses a unique blend of youth work, kayaking and water play. We enable those who have least in our Greater Manchester communities, especially children and young people, to gain confidence, self-esteem and skills to improve their lives. 

We are seeking to appoint an experienced and qualified Youth and Play worker to join our small team. They will be required to co-ordinate our Girls and Young Women’s provision, take part in the delivery of WAC’s group kayaking and youth and play sessions and assist in the monitoring and evaluation of all projects. 

The post-holder will obtain the British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor qualification (or already hold) within six months and be enthusiastic about the use of water as a medium for youth and play work.

The post is based in Droylsden, Tameside but will require regular travel to other locations across Greater Manchester.


Committed to equality and valuing strength in diversity. This post is open to female applicants only as being female is deemed to be a genuine occupational requirement under Schedule 9, Paragraph 1 of the Equality Act 2010. This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.


Closing date: 12noon on 15/01/18

Initial interviews: 22/01/18 & 23/01/18


We occasionally need casual staff.
 Any suitable applications can be kept on file until a vacancy is available.

Pay: £8.25p/h

Applicants must have youth work and paddling experience/qualifications and be able to swim 25m. Experience in play work is preferred. Applicants will ideally hold a valid first aid certificate. Most sessions that require cover are on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Evening and Sunday all day. Group work sessions may also be available.

To apply please contact us for an application form:
This position requires a DBS check.

We are also looking for volunteers to work with some of our youth clubs and play provisions. To apply please contact us for our volunteer pack at

If you are interested in volunteering for WAC, please get in touch with us. An email or letter detailing the following is really helpful:

  • Who you are and how you can best be contacted.
  • What type of work you are interested in getting involved with i.e. our youth work based canoeing, our youth clubs, admin etc.
  • Your availability i.e. are you interested in volunteering for an intensive period as a one off, for example, every day for a fortnight. Or would it be more like one evening a week for several months?
  • What skills and experience you would bring to the role of volunteer at WAC.
  • What you are aiming to get out of being a volunteer at WAC.
  • Any questions you have for us.
Thank you

The Old Boat House, Fairfield Locks, Off Maddison Road, Droylsden, Manchester M43 6ES

Tel: 0161-301-2673     Email:      Fax: 0161-301-2673

Registered Charity Number 508340