Heritage and Environment Manager

Job Description

The Canal & River Trust is one of the UK’s largest and newest charities, having been set up in 2012 to care for over 2,000 miles of historic inland waterways. Now, less than a decade later, we are embarking on the next stage of our journey, as we adopt a new regional structure that will enable us to serve customers and stakeholders more effectively and help make us the charity for wellbeing and waterways. We believe life is better by water. Join our Wales & South West operation, at this period of exciting change, and you can help make that vision a reality

About the role

Heading up one of our regional multi-disciplinary teams, you will oversee environmental and heritage services, and lead our work on the protection and improvement of waterways across the Wales & South West region. In part, this is about cultivating and inspiring a high-performing team made up of technical experts and other professionals as well as volunteers. In part, it is about developing successful strategies to manage heritage, vegetation, dredging and environmental assets. You will also act as a subject matter expert, providing guidance, training and advice to a wide range of people both inside and outside the Trust.


About you

We need you to have a strong background in the heritage or environmental field, including a relevant degree (or equivalent), full membership of a professional institution (e.g. RICS, IHBC, CIEEM, CIWEM, CIWM or IEMA) and post-qualification experience in legislative compliance. You also need to have first-hand knowledge of operating within UK and European policy and regulatory frameworks. On the leadership side, we’re looking for someone who has line managed multi-disciplinary teams and who knows how to delegate responsibility. Another key quality you need is the ability to influence and negotiate, whether you’re securing additional resources from external stakeholders or promoting best practice across the Trust.


About us
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.

To apply

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.  Many of our vacancies can be considered for people who wish to work flexibly, job share or part time.

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