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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.
Adam Comerford, national hydrology manager heads up the Canal & River Trust’s water management team. Here he describes his role.
As national hydrology manager, my work life is very varied and busy. I head up a national team of 20 technical staff, responsible for providing advice and support on water resources and flood risk management to the wider business.
Since taking on this role in 2009 there have been many challenges, managing the balance between too little and too much water. Our Water Resources Strategy, published in 2015, sets out how we will strive to ensure long term security of water supply to the canal network.
We're also developing a 'Flood Risk Management Strategy', setting out how we aim to deliver long term resilience to flood risk on our network.
Both strategies aim to understand the longer-term pressures and challenges we will face in managing our water. Alongside this strategic work, the team helps to make sure our water resources infrastructure, especially reservoirs are safely managed on a day-to-day basis.
As a team, we work collaboratively with others, both internal and external. We work closely with water companies, for example, feeding into their 'Water Resource Management Plans' where we interact with their water supply network. We strive to make sure our interests are safeguarded while also looking for opportunities to develop water transfer schemes, and through projects such as these, investment in our network.
We work closely with policy makers in government and regulators to influence new legislation that can affect our water resources or flood risk.
Representing our interests
We need to make sure the Canal & River Trust has a clear and important voice in the outside world, so I sit on the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) Water Resources Panel and am a member of the British Hydrological Society’s National Committee.
Through involvement in such groups, which include a range of experts drawn from government, regulators, water companies, consultants and research organisations to name a few, I provide technical expertise, help and advice, while ensuring our interests are taken into account at a national level.
Alongside my colleague Richard Bennett, I’m responsible for our CIWEM Professional Development Scheme, which helps our people have a structured way to progress towards achieving chartered status, demonstrating their competency to deliver water and environmental management as a professional.
Adam Comerford, National Hydrology Manager
The water management team spend their days making sure that we have just the right amount of water in our canals. Here they share some of the highlights of their work with us.