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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.
Education, Engineering, Heritage, Home-based, Office-based, Regularly, Working with visitors
Ellesmere Port, Shropshire Union Canal, the Wirral
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The National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port has a fantastic collection of boats, buildings, boat builders kit and much more. And engines! Our dedicated team care for and conserve the collection as well as bringing it to life by telling visitors about it. Comprehensive knoweldge of the inner workings of the engines up front isn't essential but the enthusiasm to share this nationally important collection. Come and join our team.
We're looking for new people specifically to demonstrate the operation of historic engines. For steam engines, some previous experience of steam boilers and plant would be an advantage. This is an ongoing role, although we aim to be as flexible as possible with the time that you can give. Our busy periods are holidays and the summer time.
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. things that you can get from this volunteering include:
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
You will receive out of pocket expenses. Any equipment required will be supplied.
Existing engineering or mechanical experience is an advantage but not essential. This role is principally about telling people about the engines, bringing them to life and making them accessible. Following a training period (with an internal CAATS assessment qualification) you will be competent to undertake an engine pre-check, start-up, run and stop, specific engines. Training to accurately record the operation in a logbook and engage with visitors in a friendly and informative way will also be provided.
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