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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.
Just last week some of my local colleagues attended a joint retirement party for two co-workers. When I heard about it, it got me thinking about the skills we all gain through our working life, we pick so much knowledge throughout the years. Some of this seems to seep in without us realising too!
So after last week’s celebrations, this week has been a busy one, with me meeting a variety of people from our technical teams, discussing where they could do with some volunteer assistance.
The meetings with engineers really struck me, as we have a range of roles with this team that we are looking to attract some volunteers into, and I thought back to the retirement party. I have often tried to attract some retired professionals (as well as people at all stages of their career) so we can enjoy all the expertise they have, and to be honest, it is not always the easiest thing to do.
We are blessed with a lot of volunteer lockkeepers who have taken retirement, which is brilliant news, but spare a thought for our technical teams who would love some volunteers too!
I’ll put this in another way. Just imagine for a moment doing a role simply because you love it, you can be flexible about your time commitment, and you have the chance to share skills and knowledge you worked so hard to learn.
You’ll also have the chance to volunteer with a great bunch of dedicated people, and it is not always office based, we offer loads of chances to get out and about on the network. Once you have raised the last glass at your leaving party, consider taking a look at our website and the range of opportunities that we can offer.
It is a bit like a lucky dip, you never know what will be on there from one week to the next. What volunteering lacks in monetary terms, we more than make up for in ‘feel good’, so come and join us!
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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.