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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.
To celebrate student volunteering week we caught up with Cybeles Nunziata who has been helping us to tidy the waterways around Leicester.
"I thought it was a great thing to get involved with, helping to tidy up this little haven for nature where everyone can go and enjoy some peace and quiet."
What are you studying at university – and where?I’m studying a MSc in Energy and Sustainable Building Design at De Montfort University.
Tell us a bit about the volunteer work you’ve been doing with the Trust?We’ve been working near the Soar River, cleaning the towpath and picking up litter. We also did some planting in some areas, built bird boxes and placed them in the trees. On one of the days we went out on a boat so that we could collect litter that had been thrown into the water.
When did you start volunteering with us?We started in October and volunteered for six weeks altogether.
What attracted you to the volunteer role?I though it was a great thing to get involved with, helping to tidy up this little haven for nature where everyone can go and enjoy some peace and quiet. It’s a way for me to contribute as a citizen of Leicester and maybe make people conscious of the work that is done to remove the rubbish that they leave so carelessly lying around.
What have you learned from your time with us?Team work firstly, then even more respect and appreciation for anyone who works permanently in this type of role. I’ve learned how to plant and how to clean without hurting my back. Also about enjoying the little things in life, like being out in the open air.
This article was published in 2016
What's happening near you?
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Last date edited: 5 February 2018