Canal & River Trust: Heritage & Environment Specialist – Heritage Advisor

£31,180 pa pr (inclusive of Car Cash Allowance)
Part time (22.5 hrs pw), permanent

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. See Our most recent report documenting how we care for our waterways heritage.

We have a part time vacancy for a heritage specialist, 22.5 hours per week.

The Heritage Specialist will provide the Trust with technical expertise to the East Midlands region, where our historic waterway network has over 200 listed structures, including Grade 2* Foxton Lock flight, and Inclined Plane Scheduled Ancient Monument.  The post holder will support and implement the Trust’s protection, improvement and promotion of the historic built environment of the waterways; and provide professional services within their specialism to help the Trust achieve its objectives as a waterways and wellbeing charity.

  • Deliver services related to the Trust’s heritage assets in a region with detailed knowledge of them.
  • Provide expert technical advice within their field to ensure high quality/ best practice standards are achieved and high confidence in the Trust‘s reputation as custodians is retained.
  • Work collaboratively with teams in addressing issues of high concern/ discontent with users/ visitors to improve standards on the network.
  • Represent the Trust’s interests regionally within their specialism with regulators or other parties in aspects of mutual interest/ benefit including the application for and negotiation of regulatory agreements/ consents.
  • Implement relevant inspection/monitoring/ recording and maintenance programmes for the assets within their region. Undertake the necessary field and research work required, assessment of impacts, recording and reporting; commission and work with consultants; and analysis of outputs as required.
  • Deliver awareness training, toolbox talks and facilitate practical training in their specialism for the Trust’s staff, contractors, volunteers and stakeholder or community groups.
  • Contribute to the implementation of a management system for environmental and heritage assets (EMS / Environmental asset strategy and Heritage Strategy; including associated processes & standards) especially with responsibility for monitoring application within their local area and contribution to maintenance of appropriate levels of training & competency (including certification) in their specialism locally.
  • Identify opportunities and lead volunteer tasks within their area of expertise. Ensure an engaging experience for participants.
  • Contribute to national and local programmes of engagement with customers, volunteers, stakeholders and the general public to raise awareness of the Trust and promote the value of waterways and the work of the Trust. Aim to enhance the Trust’s reputation and influence, and seek to secure additional resources for our work, focusing on our key environmental and heritage priorities/ work.
  • Contribute to the implementation of the Trust’s Asset Management Strategies in respect of environmental/ heritage assets.
  • Deploy specialist skills/ certifications/ competencies across the network for the benefit of the wider Trust, particularly where these are limited resource in the organisation.

Knowledge, Skills/Qualifications & Experience


  • Degree or Postgraduate qualification (MA, MSc, PhD) in heritage conservation or equivalent in heritage discipline
  • Full membership of professional institute (IHBC) is highly desirable or associate membership is required as a minimum.


  • Proven experience in application of specialist knowledge within a business environment. Able to research and identify impacts of proposals and develop appropriate mitigations and controls.
  • Proven evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Able to influence/ negotiate effectively with internal and external contacts to achieve desired outcomes for the Trust.
  • Able to support other areas of the Trust’s business in an appropriate manner, taking account of overall business priorities as appropriate.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation.
  • Good communicator to a range of audiences, ability to adapt style and content as appropriate to audience. Capable in a range of media types – digital and otherwise.
  • Knowledge of, and practical experience of operating within, UK & European policy and regulatory frameworks.

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 are offering a car cash allowance, competitive contributory DC Pension scheme arrangement, and numerous other employee benefits, including several salary sacrifice benefits.

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.

Closing date: 14/11/2019

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