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Work for us
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.
We're always sad to say goodbye to volunteers, but when they're leaving to take on paid employment, it's bitter-sweet
I’m sure we’ve all read in the news that volunteering will improve your CV and help you to get a job, and here in the Technical Teams at Canal & River Trust in the past year we’ve had a flurry of volunteers leaving us to take on paid employment either within the Trust or another organisation.
It’s always great for us to see volunteers developing in their roles and it’s positive for volunteers to leave us and go into jobs that their volunteering has prepared them for.
As well as gaining new skills or developing existing ones, volunteering provides you with the elusive experience that employers are looking for. We’ve had feedback from volunteers who’ve moved on to employment saying that it was the experience that they’ve gained that gave them the edge over other candidates.
When volunteers are employed by the Trust it’s not always within the team they’ve been volunteering with, which shows how experience within an organisation can help along with gaining specific skills and knowledge.
Here are some of our volunteers who’ve moved on to paid employment after volunteering with us;
Adam – volunteer in Environment Team, now working in Boat Licensing
Destino – volunteer in Project Management Team, now working in the Programming Team
Sam – volunteer in Environment Team, now working in Environment Team
Josh – volunteer in Angling Development Team, now working in East Midlands Waterway
In addition to these great achievements, we’ve also had at least eight volunteers take up paid employment outside Canal & River Trust as a result of the skills and experience they’ve gained through volunteering with the teams.
Of course getting a job isn’t the only reason people volunteer – the reasons are often very personal to a volunteer and it’s important that we find out what motivates each volunteer to join us so that we can make their experience with us as positive as possible. Why not read a bit more about the benefits of volunteering with us? Also these volunteer testimonials make interesting reading too.
If you’re motivated to volunteer, for whatever reason, take a look at the latest opportunities here. We look forward to welcoming you to the team!
N.B. Volunteering with us is not a guarantee of employment
Amanda is a volunteer coordinator for the Technical Team within the Trust. Whether it’s finding a student for a long-term placement with the environment team or assisting the hydrology team with a team of volunteers to count boat movements, she can be counted on to find the right people for the role. Amanda joined the Trust in July 2012 and previously worked as the Volunteer Leader in the East Midlands. She has worked at other charities in people engagement roles, but is at her happiest besides the water.