Canal Volunteers

Help safeguard the future of Scotland's canals! Get involved and sign up to become a Canal Volunteer!

Help safeguard the future of Scotland’s canals!

Volunteers play a vital role in the restoration and renaissance of Scotland’s canals, and our joint campaign with Scottish Waterways Trust and The Lowland Canals Volunteer Group,  ‘Canal Volunteers‘ has recently been launched to encourage people to get involved in managing and looking after their canals in a sustainable and productive way which helps everyone.

If you have some spare time and would like to make friends, learn new skills and help ensure the nation’s biggest linear park continues to welcome millions of cyclists, walkers, boaters, kayakers and anglers each year, then why not become a Canal Volunteer!

Our volunteers come from all walks of life and contribute by working out on the canal banks, in our offices and at our visitor attractions. They give their time, expertise and commitment to the Scottish canals, all with a common goal – to maintain and improve the canals to the benefit of all.

Many projects will involve developing your skills or learning something new, and are a great opportunity for personal development.

Do you have green fingers, a penchant for DIY or a passion for picking up experience and new skills? Then why not volunteer with Scottish Canals!

We’re looking for friendly, self-motivated people with a variety of skills including:

  • Engineers
  • Stonemasons
  • Joiners
  • Lock Keepers
  • Archivists
  • Archaeologists
  • Asset Managament
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Tourism Specialists
  • Environmental Experts

Scottish Water’s employee volunteering programme allows employees to use 2 days a year to help in their communities. Conservation and environmental work is one of their strands as well as Education, skills based volunteering and fund raising for WaterAid. Finance Analyst Mark Lamont used his volunteering time to help the Trust. He enjoyed the opportunity to help out at Bowling marina. Mark told us:

“I joined other members of my team in Development Operations support Team and went along to Bowling Marina to volunteer for a day to help Scottish Canals Trust. Our team task was to scrape the old paint from the bridge and then paint it.

“​It was a great achievement by all involved and afterwards I personally felt proud for the work we had done. ​As Bowling Marina is local for me I was really looking forward to doing my part for the local community and hope it helped for the boat race/gala which took place just over a week later.”

Interested? Get in touch!





Canal Volunteers is a partnership between Scottish Canals, the Scottish Waterways Trust and the Lowland Canals Volunteer Group, building on many years of volunteering success by putting volunteers at the heart of Scottish Canals’ repair and maintenance programme for many years to come.

Scottish Waterways Trust (SWT)

Scottish Waterways Trust is Scotland’s only national waterways charity, creating brighter futures for people, wildlife and communities along Scotland’s canals.

By connecting people with the heritage, wildlife and green open spaces of the Scottish canals, SWT inspires people to get active, improve their health and mental well-being, employment prospects and community life.

Find out more at or at @ScotlandsCanals.

The Lowland Canals Volunteer Group

The Lowland Canals Volunteer Group has been running since 2010 and was set up to harness the power of volunteering, has a history of contributing to the long-term sustainability of Scotland’s canals.