For the last three years volunteers have been assisting Lock Staff on the Thames at the 45 locks along its length between Lechlade and Teddington. The Environment Agency, which is navigation authority for the Thames, is now recruiting for the 2014 season and is looking for volunteers who can commit to assisting at least one day a week between May and the end of September. Volunteers are particularly needed along the river between Reading and Lechlade.
Volunteering is a great way to meet people and to find out more about the Thames, its history, wildlife and management. Volunteer Assistant Lock Keepers work alongside paid Lock Keepers helping boats pass through the lock safely: taking ropes; maintaining the site and provide information to visitors, be they on foot or afloat.
If you would like to find out more about volunteering on the Thames and to receive an information pack and application form, please contact the Volunteer team on 01491 828360 or email thames.volunteers@environment-