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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.
So having identified the stretch of canal or river to be dredged what has to be done?
The first stage is all about gathering information.
We have to carry out a hydrographic survey to establish the quantity of silt that needs to be removed.
Our environment team will complete an environmental appraisal to find out if there are any protected species in the area, whether it’s a Site of Special Scientific Interest and if there are any time constraints we need to work to.
We'll organise a silt sampling survey and analysis to evaluate what can be done with the silt.
We consult with local boaters to find out about the stretches where they get stuck. It's very helpful to get the perspective of boaters when we're planning any dredging.
We’ll also take a walk along of the length of the dredging site with our contractors, local staff from the waterway, an ecologist and the project manager. This helps us to gain a common understanding of what is to be achieved.
The second stage is about planning and pricing the works.
During this stage we’ll consult with interested parties and regulators. We may have to seek formal consent from the Planning Authority, National Park Authority, Environment Agency, Natural England, English Heritage, Marine Management Organisation or their equivalents in Wales.
The contractor negotiates access and/or disposal routes with local land owners.
We'll price the work together with the contractor.
The contractor prepares the method statement and risk assessments for the work.
The third stage is to undertake and supervise the works
The final stage is to review and record what was done. We look at what went well and very importantly what, if anything, went badly so that we can do it differently next time!
Last date edited: 11 August 2015