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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
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.
There are many exciting ways to volunteer with the Trust. Did you know that we have opportunities to volunteer on board boats up and down the country?
If you like messing about in boats and are looking for a chance to meet new people, have fun and learn new things, then read on.
Our 2,000 mile network of canals and rives offers great diversity and contrast, from the urban sophistication of Gas Street Basin to the rural charm of the Kennet & Avon Canal. Our boating volunteer opportunities are the same, we’ve got roles for history buffs, for people wanting to get active in a canoe and for those who wish to inspire the next generation to fall in love with the waterways.
We’re proud of our historic boats which illustrate the many different types of craft found on our canals and rivers over the centuries. We have a collection of historic boats in our museums and we also have a fleet of working boats which you can see out and about on the waterways. Volunteers play a crucial role for both.
At the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port and the National Waterways Museum Gloucester, our dedicated team of volunteers work constantly to care for and restore boats from our nationally important collection.
Volunteers also help the Heritage Working Boats Group maintain our collection of historic working boats. They take the boats to events and show both adults and children around, educating them about how working boat families used to live. On top of this, our volunteers act as crew members when the boats are on the move between events.
Joan is a volunteer on our historic working boats. She tours the canals of the midlands on 'Swift'
It’s not just historic boats that volunteers move around the waterways for us. We’re thrilled to have volunteers who help our operations teams by moving boats in various waterways.
And volunteers don’t stop at just moving the boats. We have teams of volunteers on boats helping up to maintain our canals and towpaths. You can join us for floating litter picks or get involved with an established volunteer crew.
We use boats as floating venues for school children, community groups or visitors to the canal. A number of our welcome stations are on board a boat, which makes for a volunteer role with a difference.
Volunteers also work on board boats such as George travelling up and down the canal engaged in various activities to support our learning programme.
The Desmond Family Canoe Trail offers a fantastic chance for 2,000 young people to help us create the country's first ever coast to coast canoe trail. The volunteers will help us to design the trail and then organise and run a year-round programme of activities for their community. They'll also improve the environment along the trail, planting new community gardens and habitats.
And there will be a number of opportunities to get out in a canoe.
Calling young people
If you're aged between 15-25 and would like to get involved with the exciting work of the Desmond Family Canoe Trail, please get in touch
This is just an introduction to the types of boating volunteer opportunities we often have available. To find out more, please search our roles or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Make a difference in your area
In our offices or on the towpath, volunteers help us with all aspects of our work to bring canals and rivers to life. Find a role that suits you today
Last date edited: 2 June 2017