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Volunteer Bridge Keeper

Volunteer Bridge Keeper

Organisation role · Flexible hours
Gloucester Sharpness Canal, Gloucester, England GL2 4GS, United Kingdom
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Summary

Join our community of Volunteer bridge Keeper to help operate our historical swing bridges along the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.

Detailed description

Join our community of volunteers to help operate our historical swing bridges along the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal. As the friendly face of the waterways, you will interact with the public on the towpath, maintain safety and of course, open the bridges for boats! Visit some of the most beautiful spots in the area and enjoy the bustle of activity on a busy summer’s afternoon or the tranquillity of a spring morning surrounded by wildlife. Volunteers can work alone or as a pair to run a bridge for a few hours, keeping things running smoothly whilst maintaining the heritage of the canal. 


This is one of our most flexible volunteering opportunities. While we typically ask for 4 hours a week you can give as much time as you like and any time you can give will be greatly appreciated. This role offers the opportunity to make a difference, working alongside volunteers, staff and the local community. 


All you need to bring is an ability to learn and communicate and an enthusiasm for the waterways. We will provide full training in bridge operation and essential health and safety training. You’ll take responsibility for significant heritage structures, sometimes stopping traffic and responding to incidents but you are never far from a colleague and will be working within a fantastically supportive team. If you require specific support please let us know and we can seek to facilitate this.


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What we will provide to volunteers

💸 Reimbursement of costs🤝 Extra support

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About Canal & River Trust


Canals need many hands to look after them and by volunteering with us you can help make even more miles of canal blue, green and better.

Volunteering is a great way to get active and meet new people, all against the backdrop of our country's stunning canals and rivers. With your help we can help wildlife thrive, and people can find health, happiness and wellbeing on their doorstep.

No other charity brings so much free, open, and accessible blue and green space to the doorstep of so many. With your support, we can continue our work. Our vision is to have living waterways that transform places and enrich lives.

We care for a 2,000-mile-long, 200-year-old, network of canals, rivers, reservoirs and docks because we believe that life is better by water. We provide a space where people can feel happier and healthier, nature is recovering and history is alive. A space for boating, angling, cycling, walking, paddling or just watching the world drift by. Our research shows that spending time by water, whether it be your lunchbreak, daily commute or just a weekend stroll, really can make us feel happier and healthier.

That’s why, here at the Trust, we're working with volunteers and communities across England and Wales to transform canals and rivers into spaces where local people want to spend time and feel better. We know this will bring wellbeing opportunities to millions.