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.
Gloucester, Gloucester & Sharpness Canal, Gloucestershire
Education, Education volunteers
We are looking for volunteers who love working with children and would like to encourage them to explore our canals and rivers – in schools, on the towpath, through our website, at waterside events or in museums. We are looking for people who can volunteer flexibly and respond to school and informal...
Ellesmere Port, Shropshire Union Canal, the Wirral
Education, Engineering, Heritage, Home-based, Office-based, Regularly, Working with visitors
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...
Trevor, Llangollen Canal, Denbighshire
Marketing and promotions, Regularly, Working with visitors
The 11 mile World Heritage Site of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal encompass 168 heritage features along the Llangollen Canal from Horseshoe Falls to Chirk Aqueduct. It straddles two counties – Wales and England – and three counties – Wrexham, Denbighshire and Shropshire. The role involves being on hand...
Red Bull Yard, Congleton Road South, Church Lawton, Stoke-on-Trent
Archiving, Engineering, Heritage, Office-based, Other specialist roles, Outdoors, Regularly
Our waterways are home to over 8,500 structures, some over 200years old. These structures include culverts, essentially “a tubular, box, piped or arched structure that allows water to flow under a canal, highway, railway or similar obstruction, from one side to the other”. Our responsibilities for these...
Burnley, Leeds & Liverpool Canal
If you love working with children and enjoy being outdoors join our brand new team of education volunteers in Burnley! Help children discover the magic of the waterways through our Canal & River Explorers programme by leading sessions for primary schools, cub scouts and brownie groups both in their...
Management and supervision, Practical
With its stunning location on the banks of the Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal, extensive indoor displays and historic buildings, the National Waterways Museum is a great place to volunteer, where time slows down and history comes to life.The National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port has a fantastic...
Closing Date: 31 October 2018
Devizes, Kennet & Avon Canal, Wiltshire
The Canal & River Trust is pleased to offer an exciting opportunity for a Lead Volunteer to manage the Jubilee Woodland at Caen Hill in Devizes.
16 December 2017
Northgate Locks, Shropshire Union Canal, Chester
One off or a taster, Outdoors, Practical, Regularly
Join our monthly Chester Towpath Taskforce working on the historic waterway in the heart of this historic city. The last Saturday of the month is Taskforce day and this is a great opportunnity to join a friendly, lively and active group of volunteers. We could be lock painting, bulb planting, gardening,...
Management and supervision
The Youth Engagement Advisory Group (YEAG) helps us to understand more fully the wider context of engaging young people. This enables us to plan and deliver effective, innovative programmes, which match the ambitions and aspirations in line with our Youth Engagement Strategy.
Bridgwater and Taunton Canal
Volunteering alongside a member of the Customer Operations Team for 1 day a week on the Bridgwater & Taunton Canal.