Canal & River Trust

  • Construction Craft Operative (Joinery/ Carpentry)

    Job Locations UK-Enfield
    Job ID
    Closing Date
    Position Type
    Permanent Annualised Hours
    Asset Improvement
    Advertised Salary
  • Job Purpose

    We are the charity who look after and bring to life 2,000 miles of waterways across England and Wales, because we believe that life is better by water. Every role across the Trust plays it's part in transforming our canals and rivers into spaces where local people want to spend time and feel better, bringing wellbeing benefits to millions. Providing the Trust with expertise to deliver maintenance and repair works on our waterways. 


    As a Construction Craft Operative you will also be 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.

    Knowledge, Skills/Qualifications & Experience

    • Working in all weather conditions use specific skills to carry out maintenance and repairs works to the waterway infrastructure in line with the program of works.
    • Assist the Supervisor in the planning of works using a knowledge of the craft to ensure that works are completed to time, budget and quality.
    • Accountable for efficient and effective use of plant, equipment and materials to reduce costs.
    • To deliver skilled work to achieve or better the planned production target.
    • To deliver skilled works free of defects and to the specified quality.
    • Undertake the risk assessment of proposed works and the development of and compliance with method statements.
    • Work safely ensuring the safety of others and contribute to safe working in all activities.
    • Provide mentoring and support to trainees and apprentices.
    • Ensure that the environment and heritage of the waterways are considered during all works to guarantee their protection.
    • Participate in a 24/7 standby rota.
    • Work alongside and supervise volunteers to ensure the Trust has sufficient resources to be sustainable, whilst ensuring the satisfaction of the volunteers is high.
    • A flexible approach to the nature and location of the task.
    • Display the Trust values and behaviours at all times.
    • Ensure that diversity and inclusion are integrated into all aspects of Trust life and promote inclusion by challenging behaviour, practices, actions, or decisions that are counter to the objectives of the Trust’s policies and values.

    Skills, Qualifications & Experience 

    • Recognised qualification– e.g. NVQ Level 3 or City & Guilds or Completed Apprenticeship in joinery or carpentry
    • Proven experience of working in a Construction 
    • Proven experience of working on heritage schemes
    • Relevant valid certificates of assessed competency for use of plant/tools and equipment.
    • Full driving licence
    • Experience of working with or as a volunteer

    What We Offer

    Additional to your salary we also offer a generous contributory DC Pension plan, and excellent holidays.  You can learn more about the employee excellent benefits we offer here.


    You will be working with a great team to deliver a very important service offering our customers  across the waterway a positive experience and a desire to return. 


    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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