Canal & River Trust

  • Earth Structures Inspector

    Job Locations UK-Leeds | UK-Birmingham | UK-Buckinghamshire-Milton Keynes | UK-Warwickshire-Warwick
    Job ID
    Closing Date
    Position Type
    Temporary FT
    Asset Improvement
    Advertised Salary
    Up to £40,680 Inclusive of Car Cash Allowance
  • Job Purpose

    We’re the charity helping millions of people feel happier and healthier by spending more time on and along our canals and rivers. Our rich and tranquil spaces provide places to pause, relax, get fit and escape. It takes an extraordinary team to bring our waterways to life and that’s where you come in.


    We have a fixed-term 12-month contract for an Earth Structures Inspector.


    The Earth Structures Inspector is a vital role in the Asset Management Team and contributes to the delivery of the Trusts Asset Management Strategies. They undertake Specialist inspections to the Trust’s Embankment & Cuttings (some of the highest risk assets at the Trust) and provide the specialist technical support to the wider business.


    Please specify your preferred base location on your application form.

    Knowledge, Skills/Qualifications & Experience

    Key Accountabilities

    • Responsible for undertaking scheduled Earth Structure inspections, ensuring that they are completed to plan, data is reviewed, approved and recorded in the prescribed format, to the prescribed quality.
    • Responsible for undertaking reactive inspections to defects or environmental issues, ensuring they are completed to prescribed format and quality in a timely manner as and when required.
    • Support others to assess the outputs from inspections, make informed recommendations and proposals on the prioritisation of required work, accounting for; risks, cost, time, resources, heritage, environment and safety.
    • Engage with the Trust‘s customers whilst inspecting on the network and promote a positive image of the Trust and the work it does. Feedback comments and complaints to the relevant internal teams.
    • Support the definition of the maintenance, repair and renewal works for delivery by the Trust‘s teams and contractors, taking account of, all statutory, technical, operational and customer requirements.
    • Provide specialist technical support to wider Engineering Teams, Third Party Works and Externally Funded Works, as and when required.
    • Support internal and external enquiries associated with the assets. Respond as appropriate by reference to relevant information sources and offer efficient and cost effective recommendations.
    • Build relationships with local representatives of partnerships, regulators and stakeholders to protect, maintain, and continually improve levels of service and improve data held by the Trust.
    • 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


    Knowledge, Experience & Skills:

    • Membership of relevant professional body (ICE) at an appropriate level (e.g. TMICE) is preferred.
    • GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Maths.
    • Professional qualification in a relevant technical discipline, such as NVQ Level 2 Construction Civil Engineering.
    • Demonstrate comprehensive relevant experience and knowledge of waterway infrastructure and Earth Structures.
    • Proven experience of inspecting / delivering engineering activities.
    • Proven experience in assessing infrastructure risk.
    • Proven experience in basic computing devices.
    • Knowledge and understanding of historic infrastructure.
    • Experience of engineering in the water environment.
    • Demonstrable experience in cross-functional working delivering performance across range of functions.
    • Experience in the delivery of excellent customer service standards.
    • Able to communicate with technical staff and external contacts.
    • Able to support other areas of the business in an appropriate manner, taking account of overall business priorities and negotiating resources as appropriate.
    • Able to provide a good standard of written communication and proven ability to present technical data to non-technical audiences.
    • Good understanding of Trust Health and Safety requirements.
    • Valid Driving licence appropriate for vehicle driven.

    What We Offer

    In addition to your annual salary in the range of £27,000 to £36,000, depending on experience we also offer a Car Cash allowance of £390 per Month. Further benefits can be

    found here


    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. All candidates will be treated on the basis of their merits, skills and abilities and solely by being assessed against the requirements for the job. Many of our vacancies can be considered for people who wish to work flexibly, job share or part time.


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