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Waterway Operative

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Waterway operatives maintain and operate locks on a canal or other inland waterway and look after the areas around the waterway. They operate the lock mechanism themselves or make sure that boat crews do so correctly and safely.

The Work

Locks are devices built across a waterway, which allow boats to transfer from one level to another. The boat goes into a lock (a section of the waterway which is closed off by gates) and the water level in it rises or falls. The other end of the lock then opens to let the boat sail on to the new level. Sometimes there is a series of locks, turning the waterway into a kind of staircase for boats. Sea locks let boats travel between tidal and non-tidal waters. You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

The salary usually meets the Scottish Living Wage (currently £8.45 as of November 2016). Highly experienced waterway operatives covering large stretches of waterway may be able to earn more. In some cases you may also get accommodation with the job.

Conditions

Employment Status UK %

Past Unemployment
Scotland


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Getting In

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to have:

Training

Getting On

With experience, you could become a supervisor or manager. You might have to move to another part of the country to do this.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Scottish Canals
Tel: 0141 332 6936
Website: http://www.scottishcanals.co.uk
Twitter: @scottishcanals
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ourscottishcanals/

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