Making life better by water
Find out how our expert teams work together to make life better by water
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
Summer safety by the water
As the weather is warming up we want everyone to enjoy our canals in the safest possible way
As the weather is warming up we want everyone to be able to enjoy our canals and rivers in the safest possible way
Stoppages and notices
We're continually carrying out work to improve our canals and rivers. Find out if we're working along your route before you set off on a boat trip
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.
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
Help us to bring wellbeing opportunities to millions of people across England and Wales. Find your ideal volunteer role here.
Administration and support, Practical, Working with visitors
Your role will be to work closely with hub leaders and Canal & River Trust staff to lead and support volunteers aged 16 to 25 and community members in the use of the Desmond Family Canoe Trail, to support the design and delivery of activity programmes based on the needs of the local community, promoting...
Red Bull, Trent & Mersey Canal, Stoke-on-Trent
Administration and support, Office-based, Other specialist roles, Regularly
Our friendly National Infrastructure Team are seeking a volunteer to assist them in the Red Bull office, not far from Stoke on Trent. The team work with a variety of customers including developers and neighbouring properties, on a range of projects, so this is a very interesting task.
Marketing and promotion, Practical, Surveying
We’re embarking on an ambitious project to create England’s first ever coast to coast canoe trail and we need your help to make it happen
Closing Date: 31 October 2018
Manchester Bolton and Bury Canal
Heritage, Leadership and management, Outdoors, Project management
We are seeking a Volunteer Project Manager with an interest in the waterways and the enthusiasm to support the project management of restoration work at Nob End locks by volunteers on the Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal. Comfortable with implementing schedules to meet key milestones and project objectives,...
Tees Barrage, Stockton on Tees
The Tees Barrage is proud to present an opportunity for a green fingered gardener (2 hours per week) to help out with the maintenace of the greenhouse and plants situated around the barrage site. You will be volunteering alongside the Tees barrage operative team, learning the inner workings of this...
Closing Date: 31 July 2018
Ellesmere Port, Shropshire Union Canal, the Wirral
Administration, Management and supervision, Practical, Recording and monitoring
We’re looking for enthusiastic people to join our dedicated team of Collections Volunteers looking after the large object collection at the National Waterways Museum. This role includes assisting with the management and care of our collections and improving storage conditions. It will involve moving...
Gloucester & Sharpness Canal, Gloucestershire
Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
If you are keen to support the maintenance of your local waterway and help promote the Trust, then why not come along and join the G&S Workparty group. Our volunteers meet regularly on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to undertake low maintenance tasks with support from our local operations team that include...
Wigan - Leeds & Liverpool
Administration and support, Engineering, Office-based, Other specialist roles, Outdoors, Regularly
An opportunity for volunteers with civil engineering knowledge or an interest in this field to make a valuable contribution to the management of Trust infrastructure.