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Logo: National TrustWater Environment Worker Apprenticeship

Salary: £16,811 pa

Duration: 18 months (37.5 hours pw)

Apprenticeship level: Advanced

Locations: Norwich, Wilmslow, Keswick and Minehead




This role is for a Water Environment Work Apprenticeship. You will be working on Riverlands, the National Trust's largest programme of work delivering our ambitions for the Natural Environment. The water environment includes rivers, coasts (the sea), lakes, wetlands, canals and reservoirs. The employee’s primary role will involve habitat creation and restoration in water environments. This will involve the use of green engineering techniques and working with natural processes.


Employees will be involved in preparation, response and recovery following flooding from all sources and have a responsibility to protect water quality and to monitor its impact on habitats for wildlife. The broad purpose of the occupation is to create a safe environment where the public can enjoy our water environments and surrounding land and buildings, whilst protecting the environment, and creating habitats for species to thrive. This includes using natural flood management techniques, monitoring and maintenance of hydro power assets and using techniques to mitigate the impact of pollution


As part of their role, employees will;


  • Work with contractors, volunteers, and other teams from their organisations;
  • May visit partner organisations to carry out some of their duties, especially those linked to asset maintenance;
  • Will be responsible for delivering their scheduled work activities to time and on budget;
  • Where required, be responsible for any plant and equipment supplied to carry out their duties;
  • Whilst part of a team, they may be working alone in the field, and will be required to carry out duties in a safe manner in accordance with the National Trust’s health, safety and wellbeing procedures;
  • Be expected to be aware of the safety of others;
  • As a frontline representative of the National Trust, they are expected to display our values and behaviours and respond to customer queries in a positive manner.


The role will be primarily based outside all year. Flexibility on working hours will be required, for example weekend working and events with the public.


About the Trust


The National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty, commonly known simply as the National Trust, is an independent charity and membership organisation for environmental and heritage conservation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is the largest conservation charity in the United Kingdom. We welcome some 22.5 million visitors, from all ages and backgrounds, every year. We care for historic houses, gardens, mills, forests, castles, miles of coastline, islands, holiday cottages, pubs and inns, whole villages and even a goldmine.


Rangers are at the heart of our strategy to restore a healthy, beautiful, natural environment. They’re working to protect and improve the health and wildlife richness of our countryside, preserving all the benefits we get from it and helping more than 200 million visitors a year to experience and get closer to conservation of our special outdoor places.


Desired skills


  • Good people skills enabling strong relationships externally and internally, to be built and maintained;
  • Able to work flexibly as part of a team;
  • Able to follow clear instructions given;
  • May have some knowledge of relevant Health and Safety procedures;
  • Able to use tools, equipment as required for the roll;
  • The ability to travel to and from work is essential;
  • Positive attitude;
  • Punctual;
  • Passion for conservation and commitment to our environment;
  • Personal qualities;
  • Commitment to completing the apprenticeship and incorporated qualifications;
  • Enthusiasm and willingness to learn;
  • Commitment to customer service standards;
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude when working alongside colleagues and volunteers;
  • Empathy for the National Trust.


Desired qualifications


5 GCSE's grade A*-E (9-2) including maths and English. Must be able to meet the specific entry requirements of the apprenticeship and undertake the studying and coursework required to complete the course and end point assessment. Previous related knowledge or understanding of water environment required.


Future prospects


We have lots of different opportunities in conservation and the environment across our special places, regional and central offices and outdoor spaces. These include Assistant Ranger, Ranger, Area Ranger, Lead Ranger and Countryside Manager – and that’s just to name a few.


To find out more and apply for this apprenticeship, please click here.


Closing date: 31st October 2019

Possible start date: 3rd February 2020 

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