Could you help us out during the busy summer boating season? Find out more about becoming a volunteer lock keeper, a really 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, welome visitors and maintain our historic locks.
"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
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Edd Moss, national volunteering manager for the Canal & River Trust said: “As a new charity we were heartened by the amazing support we received for this role last year.
"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. 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. "
The focus of the role is helping people. Recent research into the achievements of the volunteer lock keepers at Audlem on the Shropshire Union Canal has shown the value that they add to local businesses, local people, passing boaters and towpath visitors, principally in making connections between them all. Thank you!
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
Our volunteer lock keeper recruitment for the 2016 season is now open, click here to find a site near you: volunteering search or click on a link from the list below.
Last date edited: 4 January 2017