Canal & River Trust

Student Hydrographic Surveyor

Job ID
Closing Date
Position Type
Temporary FT
Advertised Salary

Job Purpose

Canal & River Trust is custodian of 2,000 miles of the country’s canals and rivers. The role of the Trust is to maintain the waterways for the benefit of the nation and to protect them for future generations. Our vision is that in 200 years’ time the waterways will still be playing a vital role in the health, wealth and well-being of the nations they serve. Our mission is to have by 2020 a thriving, sustainable waterway network cherished by a public that shares a deep sense of responsibility for its wellbeing.

We are currently recruiting for a Student Hydrographic Surveyor to join our Hydrographic Survey team for a 1 year Student Placement.

The hydrographic survey team is part of a busy asset management team and provides surveys of the canals, rivers, reservoirs and docks across the Canal & River Trust network. The Student Hydrographic Surveyor will provide assistance to the Senior Hydrographic Surveyor and will involve a mixture of site data collection and office processing work.

Interviews will be held week commencing 8th January 2018.

Knowledge, Skills/Qualifications & Experience

As a Student Hydrographic Surveyor, your responsibilities will include the below:

  • Field work will involve mobilisation of survey craft, collection of depth data, water level control and GPS levelling work.
  • Office work will include processing the collected data to provide charts for navigational purposes, 3D visualisations and volumetric calculations.
  • The role will require some working away from home and will require flexible working, as overtime on site may be required at times.


Qualifications, Skills & Experience:

  • The successful candidate will be of A-Level standard and be working towards gaining a degree / HND in a related discipline (Hydrographic Surveying, Marine Sciences, Geomatics, Physical Geography, and Engineering) where the year’s placement will be within their university study. 
  • Basic knowledge of CAD software systems is necessary along with an understanding of surveying practice.
  • Experience in boat handling would be ideal, though full training will be given. There will also be the opportunity to have support for using the year toward a professional institute qualification.
  • The ideal candidate will be willing to learn new skills to meet the unique demands of the Canal & River Trust, will be confident in dealing with members of the public and be a team player.
  • A full driving license is essential.

What We Offer

In addition to your annual salary, we can offer a competitive contributory DC Pension scheme arrangement, and numerous other employee benefits, including several salary sacrifice benefits.


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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