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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
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
With Britain’s canals booming, we're searching for a new generation to take on perhaps the most recognised waterway role of all – the lock keeper.
We're seeking volunteers to join a nationwide team to keep the canals of England and Wales flowing. They will ensure that an age-old waterway tradition is kept alive whilst also keeping fit, meeting new people and sharing their passion for their local waterways.
There are more boats on the canal network than at the height of the Industrial Revolution and the volunteers will be invaluable in looking after the waterways, including helping boaters through locks, providing a friendly welcome to visitors and keeping their stretch neat and tidy.
Last year over 480 people regularly volunteered for this rewarding outdoor position. This year, there are over 80 locations where people can volunteer their help, including 33 sites which are brand new for 2015.
The opportunities are at some of the most picturesque canal locations, including:
Phil Arm, aged 63, from Cannock has been a volunteer lock keeper for the past two and a half years and looks forward to every day that he is out on the canal.
He retired after 32 years as a teacher and being a volunteer lock keeper gets him out in the fresh air, keeping fit, meeting people and helping others.
A father of two, with one grandchild, Phil said: “I would recommend the role to anyone, it can be hard physical exercise at times opening and closing the lock gates, but that’s what I like about it. It’s great to chat with people and give advice on the best places to go and talk about the history of the local area and how the locks work.
“The summer is the busy time helping boaters to operate locks, but I love what I am doing so much that I still volunteer during the winter by helping to maintain the canal.”
Edd Moss, national volunteering manager at the Canal & River Trust, adds: “The volunteers play a vital role in keeping customers happy and also help to keep local waterways in good working order so their efforts really are invaluable. Anyone can get involved, the role’s open to people of all ages as long as they are reasonably fit and healthy and enjoy meeting new people."
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer lock keeper and enjoy being outside and meeting new people, find out more at www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/volunteer.
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23 March 2018
Try canal boating at Drifters national open day
22 March 2018
Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall Basin on Caldon Canal
'Plasberg' eyesore removed from River Aire
Local people sought to help care for the Grantham Canal
20 March 2018
Canal & River Trust brand
19 March 2018
Bookings now open for 2018 Canal Pairs Championship
Breach of the Middlewich Branch, Shropshire Union Canal
16 March 2018