Water Control Operative Volunteer

Canal & River Trust

Huddersfield Narrow Canal West (Stalybridge) & Ashton Canal

Volunteer • Part Time


Sectors: water & hydrology, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

Join us today as a conservator volunteer on the Huddersfield Narrow and Ashton Canals.

We are looking for somebody that can either assist as part of a team, or undertake water control on their own travelling the canal and undertaking water control.

Estimated time for completion of task is between 3-6 hours.

We will provide a vehicle for volunteers that aspire to undertake this task alone.

Activities will include managing water levels through lock operation, clearance of trash grilles and utilising wastewater structures such as weirs and sluices.

The benefits you will be providing to the Trust, the local communities and our visitors are:

  • Providing customer service through operation of assets
  • Improved visitor satisfaction
  • Environmental and ecologic protection through the removal of trash and flytipping
  • Working as part of a team and alongside other volunteers

Benefits for you:

  • Spending time outdoors
  • Learning new skills
  • Wellbeing
  • Meeting new people
  • Supporting the local teams and volunteers

No previous knowledge is required. There will be a local induction, training and a simple assessment, meaning you will be a qualified lock operator.

Water control is one of the fundamental and most important tasks we undertake on daily basis and deals with our most important issue (water), ensuring the canal is accessible to visitors and boaters, and compliant with any ecological and environmental stipulations.

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