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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.
Robert Bullock has been helping to keep the canals and towpaths around Stoke clean and tidy since August 2010. Here he tells us why he is happy to keep getting down and dirty, volunteering for Towpath Taskforce.
"I would recommend volunteering with the Trust to anyone. Get involved and enjoy. It’s fantastic!"
Robert is a qualified mechanical electrical engineer. Since 2009 he has been working in technical and quality assurance management and consequently has a wide range of professional skills – from the high/low voltage electrical industry sector to health and safety legislation for mechanical production areas.
When did you first get involved with the canals?
The BTCV gave me a contact number for the British Waterways project leader for Canals in the Community and I started in August 2010. In early 2011, when the Canals in the Community project finished I continued volunteering for Canal Clean Team.
The Canal Clean Team in Stoke is now a valued part of Towpath Taskforce.
What interested you about volunteering with the Canal & River Trust (formerly British Waterways)?
I have always had an interest in the environment and wildlife and have walked many miles along canals and always wondered what a big task it must be to maintain and look after them. I also looked forward to meeting like-minded people with the same outlook.
Talk us through a typical day of volunteering
We arrive at the location around 10am where we meet the volunteer leader Stuart Collins. We already have an advance work day programme, so after a chat and health and safety talk we sign the attendance sheet and unload the tools and equipment from the van to be used for the work ahead. There’s a core attendance of around 12 volunteers and we work in teams.
We return to the meeting location around 12:30 to load equipment back on the van. We then have a cup of tea and a snack, a chat about how the day has gone and then its off home.
What have you achieved so far?
What have you most enjoyed?
Volunteering alongside wonderful people who have a sense of pride in their work. That and the satisfaction at the end of the workday of a job well done.
What have you least enjoyed?
I enjoy every minute of it. It’s part of my life now and huge thanks to the Trust for their total commitment to volunteers
What did you hope to get out of volunteering with us before you joined?
Improving my confidence levels and learning new skills in a different environment than what I had been used to for many years.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about volunteering with us?
I would recommend volunteering with the Trust to anyone. Get involved and enjoy. It’s fantastic!
Could you make volunteering part of your life?
Get involved and enjoy, as Robert does. Find a volunteer role that suits you today.
Last date edited: 10 July 2015