We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

Volunteer lock keepers

Could you help us out during the busy summer boating season? Find out more about becoming a volunteer lock keeper, an important role which is steeped in history and tradition.

Bingley lock keepers Bingley lock keepers

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.

What's involved?

  • Ideally we ask for at least one day per week's 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

Edd Moss, national volunteering manager said: “As a new charity we were heartened by the amazing support we received for this role last year.

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 volunteer@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Current roles

Two volunteer lock keepers stood by a lock Volunteer lock keepers at Braunston

Last date edited: 7 March 2018