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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.
We’re in the midst of British Science Week (13th-22nd March) - a celebration of the best of British science, technology, engineering and maths.
One of the themes of this year’s British Science Week is ‘Science on our doorstep’. We are very fortunate to have so much science on our doorsteps on the waterways of England and Wales, and to have so many volunteers who help with our work within the Technical Teams.
To give you an idea of the breadth of volunteering we have within the technical teams, here are some examples of our roles.
We have student environmental assistants based within our teams across the country. They get involved in the day to day tasks that the environment team are working on, along with taking on their own projects, for example survey work, supporting our Green Plan project and dissertation work.
A great example of volunteers being involved in ‘Science on our doorstep’ is our canal discharge surveyors. On various waterways across the country groups of volunteers are out with iPads recording discharges into the water. More information about the canal discharge surveys can be found here.
In addition to our canal discharge surveys, we also have volunteers who assist with various other surveys, including bat surveys, water vole surveys, plant surveys and hedgerow surveys.
So far the roles mentioned have had an ecological or environmental focus, but of course, science encompasses so much more. We have volunteers in our engineering teams, in our heritage teams and in our project delivery teams. Collaboration across all these teams between colleagues and staff ensures that we are able to conserve the science on our doorstep – the water, the wildlife, the structures and more.
If you’d like to get involved and volunteer with us, search for an opportunity on our volunteering pages.
This week we’ve launched campaign to help keep our ducks healthy – a perfect way to engage children in Science on our doorstep – find out much more here.
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.