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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
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
As the end of the school term approaches, I always think to myself 'I’ll have a bit more time now the schools are off' and this never happens! The Museums & Attractions Explorers teams have been kept busy with all their various holiday activities for families.
We’ve had all kinds of exciting and creative things going on, including wildlife spotting, traditional crafts, creating art from nature, treasure hunts, pond dipping, den building, scarecrow making and much more!
Meanwhile, the two Heritage Lottery bids at Gloucester Waterways Museum and National Waterways Museum have finally been submitted. This has involved a lot of work from the education team so we’ve all got our fingers, toes and everything else crossed for a successful outcome!
I’ve also started recruitment for our teams at Anderton Boat Lift and National Waterways Museum. I am looking for volunteers to help run some new schools workshops at Anderton Boat Lift, focussed around investigating the history of Northwich and its industrial heritage. At National Waterways Museum, I am looking for additional volunteers to specialise in children’s guided tours and guided boat trips. At Standedge Tunnel, our new volunteers are well and truly part of the team and have taken part in some wildlife training with Russ Hall. We are looking to develop an additional workshop to offer to schools based around seasonal changes and linking in to the new National Curriculum.
In other news, I’ve been off on my travels again with my trusty camper. Despite (again) not planning on visiting any canals, I still came across a fair few on my journey through France and Switzerland! As usual, I managed to fit in a few museums too, including the Salt Museum in Saline Les Bains, the Matterhorn Museum in Zermatt and the Wine Museum (possibly my favourite) in Arbois.
Two weeks of excellent fun were had, including a very precarious Alpine run, in the rain, with a few sections of climbing and a waterfall crossing thrown in for added peril! That’s the life!
Helen Evans is the learning officer for our museums and attractions. She joined the National Waterways Museum (Ellesmere Port) in 2010, following eight years of secondary school teaching. Helen lives in Macclesfield and is a keen long distance runner, competing for Macclesfield Harriers.