Volunteer Lock Keeper

  • VO81752


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. Re-Union assists 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 Re-Union 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.

Organisation aims and objectives

Re-Union Canal Boats is a social enterprise based on and around Edinburgh’s Union Canal. We built and launched our first pilot boat in 2004 which was replaced by our widebeam canal boat in June 2008. Re-Union offer training and support to a wide range of volunteers in crewing (RYA) first aid, hospitality, health and hygiene and a variety of other courses that are identified and driven by the volunteers needs and requests. We engage meaningfully with canalside communities from Edinburgh Quay to Wester Hailes through a variety of projects including canoe building, supporting the development of a canoe club, orchard planting which is now growing into a healthy eating garden project and co-ordinating community consultations and the Edinburgh Canal Festival. Re-Union bring people together to develop their skills, learn from one another and realise their potential whilst maintaining and promoting the canal as a remarkable asset for the community.










Flexible. Roughly six hours per week. Takes place during school holidays and term time.


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 Purple 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.
Minimum age: 16


Taster available: Yes
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

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