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We have vacancies across all of our waterways and in the offices, museums and attractions that support them. We're one of the UK's biggest charities and we take pride in everything we do
If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
Get your free guide
Download your free guide today and start exploring the waterway nature near you
Download your free guides
You've nine free days out guides to choose from - where will you go first?
Find a walk near you
Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
Take a look at our upcoming events here.
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
Why we think canals are better with Friends
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Our National Advisory Groups provide our management with specialist advice and guidance. The groups help to shape policy and plans, and guides our decisions in the areas of each group's specialism.
The Youth Engagement Advisory Group (YEAG) helps us to understand more fully the wider context of engaging young people. This enables us to plan and deliver effective, innovative programmes, which match the ambitions and aspirations in line with our Youth Engagement Strategy.
Established in November 2013, the group has been a valuable support to us in developing the strategy and helping with the cultural change that this needed within the organisation. In addition, opportunities have been highlighted for joint working, funding streams and recognising the impact for the organisation of policy changes across England and Wales.
The chair and members are appointed by the chief executive and serve for terms of up to three years, although this may be renewed for a second term to a maximum of six years.
The group typically meets three to four times a year in London.
We are now looking for new members to join the group aged between 16 and 24 years old, increasing the capacity of the current advisory group and increasing the young person’s perspective within the group.
Our current membership of the YEAG
We have volunteers in the group who have experience in working with young people and youth engagement including:
The membership of the group is voluntary but agreed expenses are reimbursed. All our volunteers are team players who can work effectively with the rest of the group and management team, acting in the best interests of the waterways rather than to represent any particular interests/cause.
You can find out more about the Group here, with additional information and terms of reference here.
Apply to be a voluntary member
Please complete our simple application form and return with a short CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. Informal interviews will take place with shortlisted applicants at a time and a place that suits you and will take place with Lucie Unsworth, the National Youth Engagement Manager and Chloe Donovan, the Chairperson of the Group.
As a volunteer you need to disclose any unspent criminal convictions. If you have any questions about this you can arrange a confidential conversation with our safeguarding officer.
If you wish to discuss your application or any details further, please contact Lucie Unsworth, National Youth Engagement Manager, on 07825 843362 or email email@example.com.
Please pass on this information to others who may be interested in this role.
Canal & River Trust actively supports and encourages diversity in all of its advisory and network groups, with a view to ensuring that they are reflective of the wider community and the groups of people that they seek to engage with. Currently, individuals between the ages of 16 and 24 are unrepresented in the Youth Engagement Advisory Group. Therefore, while all applications that meet the above criteria will be considered fairly and reasonably, we would particularly welcome those from individuals who fall within this age range.
What's happening near you?
Look at our Local to You pages to find all the latest in your local area, including news, events, stories and details of how you can get involved with our work
Make a difference in your area
In our offices or on the towpath, volunteers help us with all aspects of our work to bring canals and rivers to life. Find a role that suits you today
Last date edited: 7 February 2018