Waterway (Craft) Operative - Bricklayer
Canal & River Trust
Northwich, UK
1d ago

Job Purpose

The Canal & River Trust is one of the UK’s largest charities, we maintain 2,000 miles of historic canals, rivers, docks and reservoirs, along with museums, archives and the country’s third largest collection of protected historic buildings preserving them for future generations.

Our waterways are exciting, vibrant places to work.

As a Craft Operative - Bricklayer for our waterway you will provide the business with expertise to deliver maintenance and repair works on our waterways in support of the Trusts aims.

As the face of the Canal and River Trust, (the Trust), you are comfortable dealing with the public where your positive approach to customers will see our combined reputation enhanced.

In this job you will be core to our continued success.

This role is to be based in Northwich.

Knowledge, Skills / Qualifications & Experience

About the role

As a Craft Operative 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.

Most of your working time is spent in our unique and wonderful outdoor environment so loving working in the outdoors, all weather, all year round is essential.

Our team has a very busy schedule all year around, whether peak visitor season during the summer months, or supporting our winter works and activities from October to early Spring.

Your daily tasks will vary and will contribute to the maintenance, conservation and improvement of the business unit’s waterway network for local communities and visitors to enjoy.

As Craft Operatives - Bricklayer you are 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 important in order to be certain that we can respond to critical needs when they occur.

Key Accountabilities :

  • 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.
  • Safety Responsibilities :

  • Comply with Canal & River Trust Health & Safety policy and defined standards, report incidents, accidents and near misses.
  • Assess the risks and make adjustments to work methods where appropriate.
  • Ensure all equipment (PPE, plant, materials etc.) is appropriate for the task.
  • Consider your own and others behaviour.
  • To be aware of your own responsibilities regarding safeguarding and to support our commitment to providing safe environments and working practises that promote and protect the safety and welfare of children, young people and adults at risk at all times
  • About you

    Knowledge, Experience & Skills :

  • Recognised qualification (or equivalent experience) e.g. NVQ Level 2 / 3 or City & Guilds or Completed Apprenticeship - in Bricklaying.
  • JIB certified Electrician, C&G Wiring Regulations, C&G Inspection and Test. (M&E only)
  • Proven experience of working in a Construction or Mechanical and Electrical engineering environment
  • Experience of working on heritage schemes is desireable
  • Relevant valid certificates of assessed competency for use of plant / tools and equipment.
  • Full valid UK driving licence is required - you will need to be able to move about our waterway to reach locations across the patch you will cover
  • Experience of working with or as a volunteer is desireable
  • What We Offer

    At the Trust we care passionately for our waterways, and as importantly, for those who look after and use them. We strongly believe that a diverse workforce brings with it a diversity of ideas, thinking and ways of working which enhances what we do as a Trust.

    In addition to your annual salary we offer a generous pension scheme and other benefits. Further details can be found .

    We are striving to represent the diverse communities that we are a part of. 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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