Read the story of how the Canal & River Trust came to be
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
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
I always knew I wanted a career within the construction industry so I initially studied architecture, however I later realised I wanted to concentrate on the structural elements of the design. Your career is a long continuous journey therefore you should pick something you are passionate about.
“Working in engineering is a fantastic career choice with such a wide variety of specialisms and environments, which means you will never get bored.”
Name: Samantha ColleyJob title: Works development engineerLength of time with the Trust: 5 yearsQualifications: BA(Hons) Architecture, BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering and MSc Civil Engineering
Once I finished university I applied for a civil engineering technician role and studied for my civil engineering degree part time. Since then I have progressed in my career and completed my master’s degree. I am currently preparing for my Chartered Professional Review in Spring 2018.
I started my career with the Trust in the North East Waterway, which was a brilliant team to work with and everybody helped me settle in quickly. Although when I first met some of the operatives on site they didn’t believe I was the new waterway engineer until my manager confirmed it. I found that quite funny.
I was also lucky enough to work within the Trust’s first all female engineering team which was a fantastic experience. Even though we work in different teams today, we remain close friends.
My day generally involves producing permanent and temporary construction designs and assessments for works to be undertaken on the Trust’s assets such as locks, bridges, weirs and culverts. In between that I am the National Survey Framework Contract Manager so I facilitate surveys being undertaken for the Trust by our framework contractor.
Working on notable historic assets that have been designed and built by some of the nation’s famous civil engineers and seeing the benefits those projects bring to society make me feel proud to be part of the Trust. In my previous engineering roles I often designed underground assets which were never fully appreciated or recognised, whereas at the Trust these assets are part of our urban and rural landscapes.
Working in engineering is a fantastic career choice with such a wide variety of specialisms and environments, which means you will never get bored. Your career is a long continuous journey therefore you should pick something you are passionate about.
Make a difference in your area
In our offices or on the towpath, volunteers help us with all aspects of our work to bring canals and rivers to life. Find a role that suits you today
Last date edited: 22 June 2017