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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.
Practical, Recording and monitoring
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Did you know that the European eel (Anguilla anguilla) is classified as ‘Critically Endangered’ by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species? Also research by ZSL (Zoological Society London) has shown that the ‘recruitment’ (or return) of elvers has declined by up to 95% over the last 25-30 years in some tributaries of the Thames.
But it is not all doom and gloom – We're looking for volunteers to help monitor eels at Lea Bridge for ZSL. This information will start to create a picture of elver recruitment trends, which will be invaluable to the ongoing research.
You will be helping us to:
- Check eel Traps
- Count, measure and release any eels present
- Upload the data onto the ZSL website
Monitoring runs from April to September, so you can enjoy the summer on the river while collecting vital data to understand eels.
Whether you are studying and this field work will give you some valuable experience, or you fancy getting some fresh air and getting involved in some citizen science, this is a great opportunity to take part in. You will also be invited to ZSL London zoo at the end of the eel monitoring season to go over the results.
You don’t need to be an eel expert to get involved, but you will need to commit to covering a particular ‘shift’ (on a Wednesday or Friday) and attend a training evening on 17th April at 6pm. More information will be given nearer the time, including the venue, what footwear you’ll need to wear when on site and what health & safety we will cover before starting.
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