Waterways charity the Canal & River Trust is on the lookout for volunteers to give some of their time as lock keepers on the Kennet & Avon Canal in Bath.
Lock keepers have kept Britain’s canals working smoothly for centuries and are one of the oldest traditions of the waterways.
In the 21st century the role is also as ‘face of the waterway’. Once described by happy boaters on the Kennet & Avon Canal as ‘lock angels’, they provide a friendly welcome and help boaters through the sometimes unfamiliar task of navigating the locks.
Volunteer lock keepers also keep the locations looking their very best, including removing litter and managing vegetation.
Canal & River Trust’s volunteer development co-ordinator Steve Manzi said: “Our locks attract a lot of interest from boaters moving through them as well as curious onlookers on the towpath. So, volunteer lock keepers play a key role.
“They are ambassadors for the charity, providers of information, and a safe pair of hands to guide boats through the locks.
“This is a great opportunity for anyone looking for something a bit different. All we ask for are enthusiasm and a willingness to learn.
“The Canal & River Trust will give you all the training you need and you’ll soon be out on the canal, learning new skills and loving your life with the locks!”
Applications are being welcomed from anyone over 18 and able to spare at least one day a week. No experience is needed, just a ‘can-do’ attitude and a willingness to get involved.
After an induction and training, the roles start fully in April and run through to October.
Information on how to apply can be found on the Canal & River Trust website at www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/volunteer.