Ways to volunteer

There are many ways to volunteer with us, from full-time roles in the office to occasional days out on the towpath. Whether you are looking to boost your wellbeing, get fit and active or make new friends, join the thousands already volunteering by water and #ActNowForCanals.

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You can find volunteer opportunities by using our search. Alternatively, take a look at our key opportunities below.

Can you help us make life better by water? Our volunteers work with us to look after and bring to life 2,000 miles of waterways, providing wellbeing opportunities for millions of people in England and Wales.

Be an ambassador

You can be an ambassador for the Trust in all sorts of ways, but if you'd like to take on a fulfilling ambassadorial volunteer role where your knowledge and passion for the canals shines through, here are some key opportunities.

Volunteer in the great outdoors

Want to get outside, enjoy the fresh air and meet like-minded people? Our Towpath Taskforce teams are friendly, informal and based all around the country. Or you might want to 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.

Volunteer in the office

Our office-based roles often appeal to graduates looking for work-experience, or professionals considering a career-change. But equally you could 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 

Professionally-skilled volunteer roles

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.

Public-facing volunteer roles

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.

Last date edited: 11 January 2022