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Volunteer Lock Keeper - Brighouse Locks


Reference: OPP0005701

Activities: Heritage, Marketing and promotion, Practical, Working with visitors

Starts: 31 March 2018

Closing Date: 11 February 2018

Brighouse, Calder & Hebble, West Yorkshire

Lock keepers have been a fixture on Britain’s canals for hundreds of years and are one of the oldest traditions of the waterways. As ‘the face of the waterway’, modern-day volunteer lock keepers play an integral part in the visitor experience. Their role is to provide a polite and friendly welcome to waterway visitors, assisting boaters through the locks and helping to maintain the area.

t’s a perfect opportunity for those who enjoy working in the outdoors and are perhaps looking for something different to do and want to help support the Canal & River Trust. The key qualities we’re looking for are enthusiasm and a willingness to learn.

Anyone can join as long as you are over the age of 18 and can aim to be available for at a least a day a week. Following appropriate selection in February/March, training and induction sessions we expect the role to commence fully around April/May.


Whether it’s helping a boat through the lock, talking to customers, litter picking or undertaking vegetation works, it can really make a great difference to a visitor’s appreciation of the waterways.
It's a great way to meet other local volunteers, learn new skills, and hear about other volunteering opportunities if you fancy getting more involved.

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 and can-do attitude, and flexibility to work on your own or with others. We’ll meet you for a chat to check that you’re happy with the role and we’re happy that it’s right for you. 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 travel expenses.

Please be aware we are only recruiting small numbers for this site and not all applications will be successful.

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