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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
Why we think canals are better with Friends
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Jodie Weathers is a volunteer team leader with our Manchester, Pennine & Potteries waterway. She’s regularly out and about with volunteer teams helping to make sure our canals and rivers are welcoming places to visit.
In each of our waterway regions we have dedicated staff who are committed to working with volunteers on various tasks in that particular area. Jodie is part of our Manchester, Pennine & Potteries waterway, and she works with a wide range of volunteer teams. Read more about her role.
"Our volunteers are an amazing bunch of people. I love to hear their stories."
It’s difficult to put a figure to how many volunteers I work with. It’s probably around a hundred. Each group is different. We have Towpath Taskforce teams, adoptions groups and a few corporate partnerships as well.
In the summer we do a lot of painting and planting. In the winter there tends to be a lot of vegetation work. But I always try to find out what each particular group wants to focus on, and then to align that with our aims for that part of the network. By working together we can achieve so much more.
In 2009 I finished college and I wasn’t sure what to do next, so I volunteered for 12 months in a children’s orphanage in Peru. This decision shaped my life. I went out there to give something back, not to gain anything for myself, but I learnt a lot and I developed both confidence and resilience. It inspired me to work in the third sector with volunteers.
Our volunteers are an amazing bunch of people. I love to hear their stories. They are inspirational. We’re always looking for new volunteers, so please drop me an email if you’re reading this and you’d like to get involved. I’m keen to talk through any new ideas. Don’t be put off if you’re studying or in full-time work, we have roles that can be fitted around a busy schedule.
I’d say flexibility is the most important quality in a volunteer manager. You always need a Plan B. If you turn up all ready to paint a lock and then it starts to rain, it’s no good just packing up and going home. You have to do the best with what you have. Be creative!
It helps that I really enjoy what I do. My work is a reward in itself.
Join our Towpath Taskforce teams
Our teams of regular volunteers meet up and down the country to help us care for their local waterway. Join us today
What's happening near you?
Look at our Local to You pages to find all the latest in your local area, including news, events, stories and details of how you can get involved with our work
Last date edited: 5 October 2017