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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.
Administration and support, Engineering, Office-based, Other specialist roles, Regularly
Closing Date: 1 April 2018
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If you are an Engineering student seeking some work experience to complement your CV, or a retired professional interested in volunteering for a day or so a week, we may have the right role for you. Throughout the year our Works Engineers work closely with third parties to review applications from those who wish to work on, near or over our waterways, and this specialist team are seeking an enthusiastic volunteer (or two) to support their work and get involved in a stimulating role.
Typical tasks may include fielding initial enquiries from applicants, to assisting with site visits with third parties, through to reviewing health & safety information to raising notices for work. Whilst much of the role will be office based, there will be a chance to visit site (travel expenses will be paid) and we will also provide appropriate PPE where needed.
This task may be of particular interest to you if you are a student who is seeking some work experience in the field to complement your studies and increase your employability. Alternatively, this may also be of interest to retired professionals who are seeking a specialist volunteering role for a couple of days per week to use knowledge and skills gained during your career. Either way you will be part of a friendly, professional team and make a real difference to our waterways.
In addition to technical knowledge/skills (Engineering, Health & Safety), the successful volunteer will need to have good communication skills (verbal and written) and be comfortable liaising with a range of people. IT skills are also required for this task.
The role will be a combination of office and site based and could be split between volunteers, depending on the level of interest received. Please note that it is standard procedure that a reference will be taken for volunteers in this position, and you will be invited to a short informal interview.
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