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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.
A simple ‘thank you’ just doesn’t seem quite enough.
Frankly it’s been a challenging few weeks. I can’t tell you the reason (only because I just don't know) but it’s felt relentless.
Last week was so demanding that I took the extreme measure of giving up my afternoon cups of coffee in lieu of pints of water because I heard somewhere that dehydration seriously effects your brain function…I also thought it might stop me wakening at 2am, 3am and 4am remembering all the things I had forgotten the previous day.
I’m actually addicted to coffee so I’ll tell you this was no mean feat.
Don’t feel sorry for me though. I’m tough as nails, resilient, eternally optimistic and have a wicked sense of humour to get me through the toughest days. I also have some of the best colleagues anyone could wish to work with.
Then I picked up your postcard from my post-tray. Your timing was impeccable.
You say; "not a letter, but a postcard at least!" It may not have been a letter but that made it no less wonderful. It was a little burst if sunshine in an otherwise cloudy day and I smiled widely as I thought about you wryly penning this card to me.
I’m also not ashamed to admit that I might have had a small lump in my throat and my eyes might have fogged up, just a little. I love my job, always have, and reading this reminded me exactly why. It also made me feel incredibly humble and grateful.
So this week it has been a different story altogether. Things are happening, I'm making progress, the weight of my in-box is subsiding, I seem to be able to please people again and, greatest of all, I’m back on afternoon coffee...albeit with an additional pint of water because those scientists are definitely right, of course.
Your note was the catalyst for all of this. I believe that you may have some sort of magical powers you aren't aware of. You should definitely have them checked out, if you get a chance…
Take care and stay safe in all this bad weather,
PS. I think your boat is fittingly named, I’ll bet you know the true meaning of friendship.
Sarina joined us in 2008 as our customer services co-ordinator. Among other things, she manages our national customer service team, complaints procedure and requests for information made to the Trust. She says that the most important thing to her is to be able to go home and feel as though she’s achieved something, however small that might be. Her job is hugely satisfying, widely varied, full of deadlines, immensely interesting, sometimes challenging and no day is ever the same, although some are surprisingly familiar!