Volunteer Lock Keeper

  • VO90590


A fantastic opportunity to join our exciting lock keeping project and experience the 'canal magic' for yourself.

As a member of our enthusiastic team of volunteers you will be working in the unique setting of the Forth and Clyde Canal and around famous landmarks such as the Falkirk Wheel and The Kelpies.

Working with our volunteer lock keeping team based at Lock 16 in Camelon, the role will involve assisting with boat movements on the Forth and Clyde Canal between Lock 3 at the Kelpies and Lock 20 near Banknock. Go Forth and Clyde volunteers assist with every boat movement between these locks 7 days per week during the lock keeping season, so there is ample opportunity to get involved.

Volunteers can use their own bicycles to travel between the locks, and Go Forth and Clyde also provides bicycles for volunteers to use whilst on lock keeping duty. The required tools, life jackets and hi-vis clothing will also be provided.










Roughly 6 hours per week. Flexible - can be arranged with volunteer. However please note that activities die down during the colder months with much less volunteer hours needed, but do not be put off from applying in winter as we are still recruiting volunteers to get ready for spring/summer months.


Experience required: No experience necessary as full training will be provided. The ability to ride a bicycle is essential and volunteers must be physically able to operate the canal locks.
Travel details: We are based in the Navy Blue Cabin at lock 16 on the Forth and Clyde Canal in Camelon. We work between lock 20 near Banknock and lock 3 at The Kelpies. We travel between the locks by bicycle, we have e-bikes as well as normal bikes.
Minimum age: 16


Taster available: Yes
Taster details: Project is ongoing.
Training details: An induction day will be held with an introduction to lock keeping followed by hands on training with regular reviews.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

Last updated 10 days ago