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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.
1 September 2017 to 31 March 2018
Newark, River Trent, Nottinghamshire
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Join our brand new team of education volunteers based in Newark. We lead school, Cub scout and Brownie groups on waterway visits as well as running sessions in the classroom. All of our sessions are designed to inspire young people in science and geography as well as the heritage and wildilfe of the area.
This is a great opportunity for people who like working outdoors and who have previous experience of working with children. No 2 days are ever the same as we respond to the interests of the group - you could be working with Brownies to help them gain their water safety badge one day, then out on the canalside exploring local history the next!
The role requires a commitment to between 3 and 4 days per month during school hours in term time, with some evening, weekend and school holiday activity sessions.
We provide you with resources and full training on how to lead groups of children at this specific location as well as in a more traditional classroom environment. You will have the support of an education officer as well as the other volunteers in your team. We reimburse you for all travel costs.
For roles working with children we are looking for volunteers who have
The confidence to work with and talk to groups of children and lead workshop sessions
The ability to enthuse through words and activities
Desire to work outdoors
The ability to be flexible
The ability to work independently
The ability to drive to different locations
Previous experience of working with children
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