Read the story of how the Canal & River Trust came to be
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.
Meet Glen, former student volunteer, now full-time environmental assistant for the Trust.
"If you work hard, volunteering here can lead to great things both personally and professionally."
I began volunteering with the Trust in September 2014 through Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), as part of a placement year. At the time I was a second year BSc Geography student looking to gain some environmental work experience due to the dog eat dog world of work out there.
My role was technical volunteer environmental assistant (try saying it 30 times over) and I worked closely with environmental scientists and ecologists in conducting surveys, environmental monitoring and auditing as well as dealing with pollution incidents and analysing large sets of data (eg to determine fly-tipping hotspots). One particular highlight was conducting a baseline environmental survey which helped secure Green Flag Status on the Macclesfield Canal, the first canal in the country!
My placement year was technically for nine months (until May 2015). However, I stayed on volunteering with the Trust throughout the summer of 2015 and then I returned to volunteer again in the summer of 2016 after I had graduated.
The practical skills and knowledge I gained from volunteering with the Trust were invaluable. In addition, doing my placement year gave me the discipline to work hard at my final year at Uni, for which I graduated with first class honours and was awarded the prize of best dissertation by the Manchester Geographical Society. My project was in line with the interests of the Trust’s environment team, who have many projects titles they’re keen to see students research.
I am now an associate member of IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment) and working towards practitioner status thanks to my experience. My end goal is to become a chartered environmentalist (CEnv). It’s so important to show continuing professional development through membership of chartered bodies.
After volunteering with the Trust in the summer of 2016, I was taken on as graduate environmental assistant as a member of agency staff. This ran part time while I studied for an MSc in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development at MMU. Fast forward to January 2018, I have finished my MSc with a great degree class and I am still working with the Trust but as a full-time environmental assistant.
Going back to what I said earlier, who would have thought going into that interview as a second year student would lead me here. I am forever grateful to the Trust and the environment team for giving me the best start to my career. I hope that my story will encourage students to volunteer with the Trust, regardless of their background or career interests.
When I started I had little to no experience, so don’t let that put you off. If you work hard, volunteering here can lead to great things both personally and professionally. I would encourage any level of student BSc, MSc or PhD etc to volunteer with the Trust, it has, above all else been a truly enjoyable experience.
Find a role for you
We have volunteering opportunities all over the country. Find one that suits you today
Last date edited: 7 February 2018