Volunteer Lock Keeper 2021 - Gargrave & Bank Newton Locks


Reference: OPP0008537

Activities: Outdoors, Practical, Regularly, Working with visitors

Starts: Anytime

Closing Date: 31 March 2021

Skipton, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Yorkshire, BD23 3QB

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Lock keepers have been a fixture on Britain’s canals for hundreds of years and are one of the oldest traditions of the waterways. Modern-day volunteer lock keepers play an integral part in delivering a positive visitor experience. Lock keepers are required to provide a warm and friendly welcome to the network’s visitors, assist boat travel and help maintain the canal environment and heritage at lock sites.
This role is suited to those who are willing to learn, enjoy working outdoors, can engage well with the public and have an interest in maintenance or environment work.
You must be over the age of 18 and be able to commit to volunteering one day a week.
The selection process for this role will comprise of, application, interview, induction and training.

Travel expenses incurred whilst volunteering will be reimbursed.


This is a great opportunity that will enable you to:
• Support the Trust
• Spend time outdoors in nature and improve your health and wellbeing
• Use your skills
• Learn new skills and gain experience
• Meet other volunteers and connect you to other in your local community
• Make a difference to the canal environment in your local area

Skills required

We are particularly interested in hearing from individuals who are:
• Interested in the waterway and/or the local canal area
• Capable of carrying out or are interested in developing skills in practical maintenance work including use of small power tools such as strimmer’s and lawn mower
• Able to offer a warm and friendly welcome to network visitors
• Able to positively interact with the other volunteers and the wider team
• Interested in a coaching role for the development of other volunteers

Above all we would like to recruit volunteers with a wiliness to learn new skills.

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