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 Joshua, a student volunteer working in the Trust's water management team.
"I would be hard-pressed to find a more welcoming work environment."
I started volunteering four days a week with the water management team in late November 2017 and will carry on until the summer. This is part of my university sandwich course, a year in a work placement,
I assist with various tasks, but a particular focus is helping the team in modelling the Grantham Canal in preparation for its eventual restoration. The experience so far has shown me just how much work is put in to keep the canals flowing year-round. Or if not all year-round, at least safeguarding the boaters and environments that the canals support.
I’ve enjoyed doing fieldwork on the Birmingham Canal Network and handling data for all sorts of uses, compiling the overtoppings, undertaking work on the boats to lockage ratio, and identifying possible abstractions or discharges affecting the water security of the canals.
At the end of my placement I will return to Coventry University where I’m studying Geography and Natural Hazards for my third year. Beyond that, my time with the team will have provided me with some additional skills that will aid me wherever my career takes me.
Working with the trust is a great way to get involved with many professional disciplines. If your interest lies in water, you can apply that at the Trust through looking at the hydraulic processes. If you’d prefer a more engineering-based setting, the Trust has engineers who maintain all of their assets. If you are more tech-based, then look for opportunities to get involved with the SCADA team.
Basically, whatever your interests, there is probably a position in the Trust that would suit you. And I would be hard-pressed to find a more welcoming work environment.
Find a role for you
Whether you're looking for professional experience within our specialist teams, keen to develop your leadership skills or simply fancy a change, take a look at our volunteering opportunities
Last date edited: 5 February 2018