Lock keepers open and close lock gates on canals and rivers to allow leisure and commercial boats to pass through.
Your day-to-day duties may include:
There are no set entry requirements, but you'll need to be friendly and approachable.
Working as a volunteer lock keeper during the busier summer months is a good way to start, and you’ll be trained on the job in lock operations and safety.
The Canal & River Trust has more information about work and volunteering opportunities.
Your shifts may be linked to tidal patterns if you work on a tidal river. They’ll also depend on the season. In summer, you’ll work longer hours, usually from early morning until dusk. You may be on an emergency call-out rota on busier waterways.
The job can be physically demanding and you'll work in all weathers.
You’ll be supplied with tools and safety equipment like a lock winding handle, VHF radio and life-jacket.
With experience, you may be able to move into coordinating volunteer training or deal with fundraising for waterway conservation projects.
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