Canal & River Trust

Construction Operative

Job ID
Closing Date
Position Type
Permanent FT
Advertised Salary

Job Purpose

The Canal & River Trust is one of the UK’s largest charities, we maintain 2,200 miles of historic canals, rivers, docks and reservoirs, along with museums, archives and the country’s third largest collection of protected historic buildings – preserving them for future generations.

We currently have an excellent opportunity to join the Trust as a Construction Operative.

As a Construction Operative you will provide excellence in the visitor experience for the Canal & River Trust through the delivery of maintenance and repair works to the Trusts heritage structures to protect and enhance the reputation of the network as a valued national asset.

The post holders will be required to work an annualised hour’s system which includes working any 5 days out of 7 including statutory holidays and weekends.



Knowledge, Skills/Qualifications & Experience

  • Working outside, carry out maintenance and repairs works to the waterway infrastructure to ensure network availability is maximised. Repairs will often involve sensitive heritage or environment solutions which the role will be expected to be familiar with. In some instances, the operative will be expected to complete repairs to the highest standard utilising relevant skills and experience.
  • Contribute toward the delivery of the annual winter stoppage programme
  • Provide customer service through delivery of works and by responding to face to face customer enquiries to maximise customer satisfaction.
  • Ensure that the environment and heritage of the waterways are considered during all works to guarantee their protection. The role will be expected to have a good understanding of conservations techniques and solutions and will employ these skills throughout the delivery of the works programme
  • Provide a first level of response for reactive works to ensure the safety of customer and the availability of the network, participating in an on-call rota as required.
  • Work alongside and supervise volunteers, to deliver high quality works, maintaining and building on our high levels of volunteer satisfaction.
  • Undertake work in a productive and efficient manner delivering the work the correct standard and to the agreed programme.
  • Operate regionally displaying the appropriate flexibility needed to deliver the nationally prioritised works programme. This will occasionally involve travelling further distances to undertake repair work.


Knowledge, Experience & Skills


  • Maths and English GCSE or equivalent
  • CAAT Competencies relevant to the particular role
  • Experience of manual / construction / outdoor work
  • Some experience in heritage based construction skills e.g. lime mortar or NVQ 2 Heritage Repairs
  • Some experience of customer service
  • Valid driving licence
  • Some experience of working with plant and or equipment
  • Experience of working with or as a volunteer.

What We Offer

In addition to your salary, we offer a highly competitive contributory DC Pension Scheme

  • Opportunity to take part in team voluntary days supporting activity on our waterways
  • Opportunity to learn and grow within an evolving organisation
  • Various additional employee benefits to select from


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.


Find out more about the work we do and opportunities we have on our website:


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