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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.
Marketing and promotion, Practical, Recording and monitoring, Working with visitors
Closing Date: 31 March 2018
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We’re looking for more volunteers to help us care for our historic boats. Our boat collection is nationally significant and some are over 100 years old. Many are kept out of the water for preservation and we’ll be starting a new project to build our boat care skills for boats kept in the water. We’ll be focusing on two boats; Ilkeston and Basuto.
Ilkeston is a composite, horse-drawn, narrow boat – iron sides and a wooden bottom. She was built in 1912 by Braithwaite and Kirk of West Bromwich and worked for 33 years carrying cargoes on the canals.
Basuto is a Clyde puffer built in Glasgow 1902 but she spent much of her working life in the North West.
As a volunteer with the Canal & River Trust you will be making a massive contribution to the charity, often carrying out activities we would otherwise not be able to do.
This chance will give you the opportunity to do something new and different:
-raise your existing skill base and acquire new skills
-keep active, fit and motivated
-help care for a wonderful nationally important collection
-gain invaluable experience, great for your CV and employment prospects
We need volunteers to help care for these boats. You will work with our existing boat care team to carry out a care and conservation programme approved by the Collections Manager. We’re looking for people who are:
* Committed and enthusiastic about the aims of the museum
* Willing to learn about museum principles and ethics
* Happy to work outside whatever the weather
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