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
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
There are many ways to volunteer with us, from full-time roles in the office to occasional days out on the towpath. People volunteer for all sorts of reasons as well, from gaining work experience to meeting new friends.
You can find all sorts of volunteer opportunities by using our search. Alternatively, take a look at our key opportunities on the left and below.
Want to get outside, get your hands dirty and meet like-minded people? Our Towpath Taskforce teams are friendly, informal and based all around the country. Or you might want to join our band of volunteer lock keepers? Or group together with other enthusiasts to adopt a stretch of your local canal? We have all sorts of ways for people to volunteer outside including opportunities for Lead volunteers
A great way to volunteer for people who can only give their time occasionally
Volunteer Lock Keepers
Could you help us out during the busy summer boating season?
Great for those with leadership experience - or those looking to develop it
Our office-based roles often appeal to graduates looking for work-experience, or professionals considering a career-change. But equally you could simply have skills that you are pleased to share, or interests that you would like to explore. We have dozens of office-based opportunities, including Governance roles. Read more about volunteering in the office
Some of our volunteer opportunities require professional qualifications or experience. For example, our knowledgeable team of explorers education volunteers help groups of children to discover the magic of the canals. We also have specialist volunteer roles within our environment and heritage team. In fact opportunities open up in many of our professional teams from time to time. We also offer a programme of corporate volunteering. Email us to find out more
Exciting opportunities to gain experience within our specialist teams
Do you love working with young people? We'd love to hear from you
If you enjoy a good old chat then our public-facing volunteer roles could be for you. We're regularly looking for volunteers to run our welcome stations, to provide local information and a friendly smile to visitors. Our volunteer lock keepers help boaters at locks in the busy summer months and our lead volunteers play a key role managing and co-ordinating our volunteer projects.
Welcome station volunteers
We need friendly, approachable people for our welcome stations around the country
Open day volunteers
Help make our winter open days go with a swing
Museums & attractions
Could you join the volunteer teams at our wonderful museums and attractions?
Find out why so many people volunteer with us
You can find out what it's like to volunteer for the Trust by reading the articles in Ask the volunteer
You can also have a look at the sorts of opportunities that are available within canal and river restoration
Last date edited: 21 September 2017