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Logo: Essex Waterways LtdNavigation Manager - Essex Waterways Ltd


Salary: up to £40k plus 8% pension 


The Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation runs from Springfield Basin (Chelmsford) to Heybridge Basin, through some of the most picturesque countryside of central Essex and it is Essex Waterways Ltd’s responsibility to maintain and enhance this for public benefit.




The Navigation Manager is responsible for the overall management of the Navigation and all land and property under the management of Essex Waterways Ltd (24 hours a day, every day).


  • To ensure the day to day management of the navigation is carried out in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Responsible to the board of directors for all Health & Safety compliance and welfare of all employees, volunteers and visitors.
  • To keep the Navigation open for use by boaters, canoeists and anglers, and act as a point of contact.
  • To make sure the waterway, towpath and rights of way are safe for public use, and to ensure compliance on the Navigation with all relevant legislation and Health & Safety Executive guidance.
  • Provide support, instruction and supervision for all other employees on the Navigation where necessary.
  • Engage contractors to undertake work beyond the scope or safe working ability of employed staff.
  • Responsible for the management of the willow plantation along the navigation.  Ensure the safe and proper management of all trees, habitat and wildlife on land under the Company’s control.
  • Encouragement and liaison with volunteers (both individuals and organised work parties, both local and visiting) - this will require some weekend and evening working
  • Responsible for the Company’s own vessels, motor vehicles, plant, machinery, tools and other equipment, including servicing records and certification as required.
  • Preparation of project plans, financial budgets, CDM Regulations paperwork, method statements and risk assessments for all work and activities on the waterway.
  • Preparation and submission of funding applications and supporting information to potential fund providers.
  • Preparation and submission of planning applications, listed building, Environment Agency consents and other approvals, documentation and agreements required in the running of the Navigation.
  • Responsible for the management of the Company’s trip boats, including catering operation and crew and ensuring compliance with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s licensing system.      
  • Attendance at board, advisory group, users’ and other meetings concerning the waterway or representing the Company.  Meeting and greeting formal visitors to the Navigation.
  • Overall responsibility for the management of all moorings and customer service across the Navigation, including applications and enquiries from prospective new boaters to the Navigation.
  • Management of fisheries (angling leased to local club), canoeing (arrangements with various local clubs) and other recreational activities along and adjacent to the Navigation.
  • Safeguard boundaries, buildings and land under the Company’s stewardship.  Ensure timely maintenance and proper records, including the Company’s Assets Register, and ensure that boundary infringements are challenged. Prepare leases, licences and other agreements for third party use of company land and assets.


Visit www.waterways.org.uk/jobs to view full details and download an application form.


Application deadline 14th January 2019.



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