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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.
Eapp stands for environmental appraisal, which is an electronic in-house appraisal system, which we use to assess the environmental impacts of all work that my colleagues undertake. When it works well, the appraisal should ensure that our work avoids harming the environment, meets legal requirements and suggests environmental improvements.
Reviewing and commenting on environmental appraisals are part of my everyday work. The appraisal is initially filled in by the person running the job (Waterway staff, engineer, project manager).They include as much work detail as possible, what the work involves and where it is taking place. The appraisal is then sent to me to review and suggest actions.
Actions can vary from :
The appraisal is a live document, so if the project changes, I need to review the appraisal in light of these changes. So if the project is extended, more surveys or monitoring may be needed.
I also go out and review the use of these Eapps as they are being used on site. I went out on Wednesday with Rob, the maintenance manager, to look at some construction work the Waterway team are undertaking.The team were reconstructing a culvert adjacent to the Droitwich Canal. Onsite we discussed site storage of construction materials, reuse of materials, dewatering works and the how the site will be revegatated. I am hoping we can use some local wildflower mix, which should work well on this site.
Sara has been with the Trust for 17 years, working in the environment team. She is a senior environmental scientist and will cover waste and water quality issues. She works closely with the South Wales and Severn Waterway team but her work will also pick up national issues, such as the Water Framework Directive.