Could you be a lock keeper on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal?

If a spot of rain doesn't bother you, and you like the thought of spending your working day outdoors, then here's a volunteering role that will more than float your boat!

The Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal is looking for people to train as lock-keepers.

You'll be expected to welcome visitors and help maintain the area.

I was a civil engineering contractor all my working life, then when I retired I a couple of years of whatever I wanted to do, and felt I needed to do something special!

Generally we start at the end of March, with the boats, and finish around the end of October.

We can have thirty or forty boats through on a day in the middle of the season.

– Charlie Phillips, volunteer lock keeper

It's all vital work that helps keep life on the 35-miles of canal running smoothly.

They were the motorways of the past really, and the canal originated because of the Industrial Revolution.

The canal was built in two sections - that's why it's called the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal.

Originally it was built solely for transporting goods to Newport, and then all over the world. Now it's basically a leisure canal.

– Kevin Phillips, Canal and River Trust

Traffic might be a little quieter at this time of year, but the lock keepers play an important role all year round.

To be a volunteer lock keeper you need to be over 18, you need to enjoy being outdoors.

There is a certain amount of physical work involved, but it's also a lot more than just opening and closing the locks - it's about chatting to people, it's about sharing local knowledge!

– Caroline Kendall, Canal and River Trust