If you are a practical and pragmatic person who enjoys the outdoors and teamwork, this job might be for you. We are looking for a number of people to come and join our Operations team
Working on the canal tow paths, maintaining and improving the experience for walkers, runners and our key customers, our boaters, you will become a central part of the canal community being seen to maintain and improve our canal infrastructure. Working on our boats, on the lock gates, maybe with power tools we can guarantee that every day is different; sometime manual labour, sometimes leading or guiding colleagues, visitors and volunteers .
As the face of the Canal and River Trust, (the Trust), you are comfortable dealing with the public where your positive approach to customers will see our combined reputation enhanced. In this job you will be core to our continued success.
The Trust is one of the UK’s biggest charities and we are entrusted with the maintenance, operation and development of over 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales. Our waterways run through villages, towns and cities, and this role is based on the Leeds Liverpool & Central patch stretching from Greenfield on the Yorkshire boarder with Lancashire, covering Pendle, Hyndburn, Burnley, Blackburn & Chorley.
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About the role:
Most of your working time is spent in our unique and wonderful outdoor environment so loving working in the outdoors, all weather, all year round is essential. Our team has a very busy schedule all year around, whether peak visitor season during the summer months, or supporting our winter works and activities from October to early Spring. Your daily tasks will vary and will contribute to the maintenance, conservation and improvement of the business unit’s waterway network for local communities and visitors to enjoy.
Our Operatives are required to work an annualised hours system which includes working any 5 days out of 7 including statutory holidays, so you must be happy to work a rota, which will include some weekend working. You will also be part of a 24 hour operational standby team responsible for providing emergency cover for the waterway. This flexibility is very important in order to be certain that we can respond to critical needs when they occur.
This vacancy is to be based from Rose Grove, Burnley, although you could find yourself anywhere within a 49 mile stretch during your working week. We are only able to take on those who can offer a full driving licence for this role due to the area and locations covered.
working outside, ensure that the customer experience is maximised by providing outstanding levels of customer service in accordance with defined standards and promote Canal & River Trust by maintaining a professional approach at all times. You must be confident and happy to perform outdoors physical and varied work.
to provide a comprehensive service in relevant area(s) of craft expertise to the waterway teams to ensure that work undertaken on designated sites is completed to defined standards
undertake water control duties including the operation of structures eg locks and bridges in a safe manner to ensure that customers are not hindered in their visit to the waterway.
undertake key duties associated with the maintenance of the waterway and waterside eg towpath litter removal, towpath and access repairs.
ensure that environmental and heritage issues are taken into consideration in all work that is undertaken.
provide a first response for any emergencies/incidents that may occur within the waterway.
support asset inspections. Identify and report any structure failures, breaches, damage or pollution incidents to Operations Supervisor or Engineers.
assist in the planning of all specific craft related tasks in terms of equipment, materials and plant resources
Skills & Experience:
We are particularly interested in hearing from you if you have civil engineering background or you have a small plant based work background. You might even have practical skills the team can benefit from such as dry stone walling, tree & vegetation maintenance, bricklaying etc. These skills will certainly be an advantage.
you will need to approachable and helpful while dealing with our customers
you have high standards and will demonstrate great care in the quality and standard of your work.
you will be a good communicator - you will be the face of the Canal & River Trust on our waterways and communicate relevant information when requested
Basic literacy and numeracy skills
Relevant heritage and environmental awareness eg awareness of effects of invasive vegetation on heritage assets is an advantage
Countryside practice and vegetation skills are also an advantage
Experience using of plant/tools and equipment is desired, training will be given to use appropriate plant/tools to maintain the canal/river environment
Valid driving licence appropriate for vehicle to be driven.
What We Offer:
In addition to your annual salary we offer a competitive contributory DC Pension scheme arrangement, and numerous other employee benefits which can be found here.
We aim to represent the diverse communities we are part of and welcome applicants from across all sectors of the community. We strongly believe that a diverse workforce brings with it a diversity of ideas, thinking and ways of working which enhances what we do.
When you join the Canal & River Trust you become a member of an engaged team working to preserve our heritage for future generations. Come and put your skills to use on our waterways.