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. Here's an overview of the kind of opportunities we offer.
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
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
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.
You can find out what it's like to volunteer for the Canal & River 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: 14 August 2017