Based Tring, Hertfordshire
About the role
At the Canal & River Trust, we believe life is better by water. This is an opportunity to put that belief into practice, as you help transform our canals and rivers into spaces that local communities truly enjoy. Your job will be to maintain, conserve and improve a section of the Grand Union canal – doing everything from removing litter and repairing towpaths to operating locks and bridges and providing emergency response. It’s an opportunity to work in a wonderfully unique outdoor environment. You’ll also be working as part of an annualised hour rota, which ensures we are able to provide excellent customer service 7 days a week.
A customer service background would be ideal, as a key part of your job will be to ensure visitors and users of our waterway have a great experience every time. However, we’re happy to hear from people with any kind of previous experience that’s relevant to the role. Basic literacy and numeracy skills are a must. It’s also essential that you have held a valid driving licence for at least three years and have been driving a personal vehicle for two years.
As you will be included on the on-call rota, you will need to live within the team’s operational area which encompasses the Grand Union Canal between Wolverton in the north to Rickmansworth in the south as well as the Aylesbury Arm, Wendover Arm and the Tring reservoirs.
We’re the charity who look after and bring to life 2,000 miles of canals and rivers. Our waterways contribute to the health and wellbeing of local communities and economies, creating attractive and connected places to live, work, volunteer and spend leisure time. These historic, natural and cultural assets form part of the strategic and local green-blue infrastructure network, linking urban and rural communities as well as habitats. Our waterways are on the doorstep of 8 million people and reach some of the most deprived communities within the UK. By caring for our waterways and promoting their use we believe we can improve the wellbeing of our nation. Come and be part of it.
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.
To find out more and apply, visit our website.
Please quote reference number 2019-5918 when applying.
Closing date: 16th September 2019.