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Canal Structure Operator

Hourly Salary: $19.96

Job Description:

Assist Chief Lock Operators in operating and maintaining Canal structures.

Interact with recreational and commercial boaters.

Responsible for recording specific operational data plus directing all boaters appropriately for safe passage through locks.

Possess and continuously maintain a valid driver license appropriate to the types of vehicles being operated.

Minimum Qualifications:  

  • Min months experience in the operation and assembly or operation and maintenance of mechanical, electrical, automotive, hydraulic or diesel machinery
  • OR
  • Six months experience working on a canal(s), of which 50 percent of your duties must have included working at a canal lock and/or lift bridge
  • OR
  • Certificate of completion from a BOCES or a post-high school program in electrical maintenance; electrical construction; or mechanical, hydraulic, automotive, or diesel repair or technology
  • OR
  • Six college semester credit hours in electrical construction; electrical maintenance; or in hydraulic, mechanical, automotive, or diesel repair or technology
  • OR
  • Possession of an electrician’s license and current registration issued by a New York State municipality. Must provide information on your license and registration on application

Canal Jobs offer:  

  • On-the-Job Training
  • Entry Level Skills for Maritime, Engineering, Machine Shop & Other Careers
  • Time Toward a NYS Pension
  • Great for Retirees Looking to Stay Active

Positions available throughout New York State in Fort Edward, Waterford, Fonda, Utica, Syracuse, Lysander, Lyons & Albion

phone: 518.449.6003


The New York State Canal Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer.

New York State Human Rights Law prohibits discrimination based on age, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, sex, disability, marital status, gender identity, prior arrests, prior conviction records, predisposing genetic characteristics or domestic violence victim status.

The New York State Canal Corporation provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please email

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from the candidate before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at