Canal & River Trust

  • Craft Operative - Brick Layer/Stone Mason

    Job Locations UK-Tarporley
    Job ID
    Closing Date
    Position Type
    Permanent Annualised Hours
    Asset Improvement
    Advertised Salary
    Up to £22,000.00
  • 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. 


    As a Craft Operative - Bricklayer for our waterway you will play an important role applying to help us improve, maintain and preserve our wonderful waterway network for our customers to enjoy today and into the future by efficiently supplying the business with complete lock gate and lock gate parts for the entire network in line with safety requirements and heritage standards. Meeting orders in a timely manner to contribute to the successful delivery of the general works programme. Responding to business needs, enhancing the reputation of the network as a valued national asset and supporting Canal & River Trust’s aims to improve safety and increase the number of people using the waterways whilst protecting the heritage and integrity of the inland waterway network.


    Undertake the manufacture, refurbishment or repair of lock gates and associated equipment, working efficiently to defined standards. Meet orders in a timely manner contributing to the successful delivery of the general works programme.

    Knowledge, Skills/Qualifications & Experience


    • Comply with Canal & River Trust’s Health & Safety policy and defined standards; report incidents, accidents and near misses. Complete point of work risk assessments for non routine tasks and make adjustments to work methods where appropriate.
    • Use specific craft expertise to undertake the manufacture & refurbishment within a timely manner, in accordance with defined standards and agreed programmes. Work outside when required.
    • Operate a variety of machinery, plant, tools and other equipment in accordance with Canal & River Trust’s safety standards and where appropriate support in-house maintenance.
    • Undertake general housekeeping of personal equipment, workshop equipment and workspace ensuring all are maintained to defined standards.
    • Timely response to customers’ queries and requirements, including responding to emergencies.
    • Ensure all equipment (PPE, plant, materials etc) is appropriate for the task.
    • Assist with the measurement of locks and lock gates in order to identify correct lock gate measurements for manufacture.
    • Understand and interpret technical drawings to translate into production


    • Apprenticeship or equivalent qualification eg City & Guilds Level II, NVQ Level II in Brickwork.
    • Relevant licence for use of plant/equipment in group A eg chainsaw, hand power tools, fork lift truck.
    • Experience of working within relevant discipline eg Joinery, Carpentry, Metalworking, Welding & Fabrication.
    • Experience of reading technical drawings.
    • Relevant valid CAATs competency for use of appropriate plant/tools and equipment.
    • Full Valid UK Driving License.

    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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