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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.
Trevor, Llangollen Canal, Denbighshire
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If you love working with children and enjoy being outdoors join our brand new team of education volunteers at the stunning Pontcysyllte Aqueduct World Heritage site and lead exciting and inspiring educational visits for primary schools and uniform groups. Education volunteers will lead sessions that extend from the classroom to the waterside, and include everything from explaining how canals were built to helping children to be safe by the water. Sessions will also include the wonderful wildlife, history and characters within the World Heritage Site.
We are looking for people who can volunteer flexibly and respond to school and informal group requests as required and who can commit to at least 3 or 4 days a month. We try and give you at least 2 weeks’ notice of a visit. Often several sessions will take place in one school or waterside location in a day normally from about 9am – 3.30pm.
This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a newly established creative team, work in a beautiful location, learn more about waterway heritage and wildlife, use your skills and learn new ones!
We'll provide you with resources and full training on how to lead groups of children. You'll also have the support of an education coordinator as well as the other volunteers in your team and we'll reimburse you for all travel costs.
For volunteers working with children we are looking for:
• Previous experience of working with young children
• The desire to work outdoors.
• The confidence to talk to, and lead workshops with groups of children.
• The ability to enthuse young people through talks and activities.
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