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Volunteer Lock Keeper 2017 - (Roaming) Leeds & Knostrop


Reference: OPP0004795

Activities: Customer service, Practical

Starts: Anytime

Leeds, River Aire, Yorkshire

In a nutshell, we’re looking for people to look after locks and greet visitors. Below is a little more information about the role and what we hope to find in the ideal recruit.

While the waterways of West Yorkshire can sometimes see fewer boats than some of their southern counterparts, nevertheless, there is always plenty to lots to do in terms of maintaining the locks, the bankside and helping visitors who enjoy the canals in a wide range of ways. We are looking for people people who want to be ambassadors for the Canal & River Trust, have great interpersonal skills and enjoy being in the great outdoors getting 'stuck in.'

Health & Safety training is set to Wednesday 26th April, please make sure if you apply you are able to attend this date.

Please be aware this is a selective process, we wont be able to place every applicant.


As ‘the face of the waterway’, modern-day volunteer lock keepers play an integral part in the visitor experience. Today that means not only greeting and assisting some boats, you’ll also be providing a friendly welcome to all visitors and also helping with the upkeep and essential maintenance of locks.

Skills required

To carry out this role, you’ll ideally have an interest in the waterway and/or the local area, but this is not essential. The most important attributes are an ability to interact with and help others; a friendly manner and the ability to make a good first impression; a hands-on approach a can-do attitude, and flexibility to work on your own or with others. We provide a full induction in the use of the locks; what the Canal & River Trust is and our aims; and relevant safety information and supply uniform and equipment as necessary. You can claim reasonable out of pocket expenses.

Our Lock Keepers in the North East region roam between locks, therefore a driving licence, access to a vehicle and willingness to travel is preferred but not essential.

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