Volunteer lock keepers
Find out more about becoming a volunteer lock keeper, an important role which is steeped in history and tradition.
Lock keepers have been working on Britain's canals for hundreds of years, although the role has changed over time. These days our volunteer lock keepers help us to look after our beautiful waterways, assist boaters, welcome visitors and maintain our historic locks.
- Ideally we ask for at least one day per week commitment over the summer season
- Most sites involve working in pairs although there is some working alone
- Most sites involve other day to day tasks which may include painting, snipping back overgrowth or litter picking. Each site is different so it depends on local needs
Get outdoors, get active and help preserve heritage
"Working outdoors and staying fit have been a key incentive for people, as has a sense of pride in knowing they’re helping protect our 250 year old working heritage."Ed Moss, national volunteering manager
Ed Moss, national volunteering manager said: "It’s extremely important to us that we offer volunteers something appealing where they feel like they’re making a difference, which this role certainly does."
If you're a continuous cruiser and travel around but are keen to be a volunteer lock keeper, this is possible. To find out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Last date edited: 17 December 2020