We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

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. 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.

Lead volunteer with the Canal & River Trust Lead volunteer with the Canal & River Trust

You can find all sorts of volunteer opportuities by using our search. Alternatively, take a look at our key opportunities on the left and below.

Find out why so many people volunteer with us

Towpath Taskforce volunteersVolunteer in the great outdoors

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

Volunteer in the office

Two volunteers in Leeds office looking at document

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 

Professionally-skilled volunteer roles

Explorers education volunteer with children

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

Two volunteer lock keepers stood by a lock

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: 5 August 2015