Canal & River Trust

  • Student Engineer

    Job Locations UK-Leeds
    Job ID
    Closing Date
    Position Type
    Temporary FT
    Asset Improvement
    Advertised Salary
  • Job Purpose

    12-Month Student Placement, Leeds


    The Canal & River Trust is one of the UK’s largest charities, entrusted with the care of 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales. Join us for a 12-month work placement in our Asset Management team and help to design engineering solutions to problems on a wide variety of canal structures, from earthworks and retaining walls to reservoirs and aqueducts. You will work on assets across the North and East of England and your time will be a mix of office and site based work.


    In the Student Engineer role, you will be part of a small Engineering team, working alongside highly experienced engineers from a variety of backgrounds, all dedicated to preserving this important part of our industrial heritage. You will gain not only engineering experience but knowledge of business planning, project management, health, safety and welfare standards, and an understanding of complex heritage and environmental issues. You will have the opportunity to explore other aspects of the business; we have a number of specialist support teams that you will have the opportunity to work alongside, widening your professional and technical knowledge.

    Knowledge, Skills/Qualifications & Experience

    The right candidate will be working towards a degree in Civil Engineering, and be able to:

    • Apply their engineering knowledge to develop practical and cost-effective solutions
    • Be self-motivated and able to work independently
    • Efficiently manage their own workload and prioritise effectively
    • Communicate well with people at all levels of our organisation
    • Positively represent the Trust to members of the public
    • Be flexible with their working hours and locations


    Hear from our current placement student:


    "Carrying out my placement with the Canal and River Trust has given me the opportunity to apply my engineering knowledge from university, as well as given me an insight into how a company is run. There have been a multitude of projects and structures that I have worked on, which allowed me to further develop my understanding on waterway structures.

    Working for the Canal and River Trust has allowed me to carry out regular site visits, more than you might be offered elsewhere. This was beneficial in having a solid understanding in the construction process, how to manage a project, and the different things to take into consideration when producing a design, which will be of great pertinence when starting a job as a graduate"

    What We Offer

    In addition to your salary you will work with a host of unique people with specialist skills, in very unique environments on a daily basis. 

    A 12 month work placement with the Canal & River Trust will be exciting as you get to be part of a small, enthusiastic team who care greatly and passionately about the precious assets we manage and maintain.   Have a look at our website for more information about everything we do, you may be surprised.


    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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