Shiplake & Hurley locks
The West Thames Waterway Department is responsible for the management of the river and our aim is to maintain the healthy growth of the Thames for leisure, business, local communities and wildlife. We also have a statutory duty to 'maintain the public right of navigation' - in other words, keep the river 'open' and free from obstruction for all who wish to use it.
In addition to making the river accessible all year round by maintaining water levels, assisting boats to pass through our locks and enforcing legislation, our staff work hard to promote the Thames as a great leisure destination. So it's recreation as well as regulation, and we want the river to be enjoyed by as many people as possible - safely and without spoiling the enjoyment of others. The Environment Agency is the navigation authority for the non-tidal River Thames from Lechlade to the tidal boundary at Teddington in Greater London
Our client is looking for a site warden working at Shiplake and Hurley camp sites. Will also be asked to assist the lockkeeper at busy times of the day The working days are Saturday. Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. This means that every weekend must be covered.
MAIN PURPOSE OF THE ROLE:
To provide day to day management and maintenance of the camp sites at Shiplake and Hurley. To provide the resident and relief lock and weir keeper with support and assistance in the management of navigation and recreation activities if required. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:
In all cases working under the direction of the lock and weir keeper on duty to assist in -
1) The day to day management and maintenance of the camp sites at Shiplake and Hurley 2) Assist duty lock keeper if required to help with the passage of boats and boaters through locks 3) Provide information, guidance and advice to all customers visiting the site in a courteous manner 5) Take responsibility for the Health and Safety of self and visitors to the site on or off river KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
High level of interpersonal skills is essential in working with colleagues, customers and commercial operators on the river
Take responsibility for the Health and Safety of self and visitors to the site on or off river
Provide information, guidance and advice to all customers visiting the site in a courteous manner
The post holder will need to be able to reach the lock site(s) at which they will work and, as some sites are remote from public transport, have the ability to drive and use of a vehicle insured for business use will be essential for assistants at all sites.
As the work will take place beside the river and locks it is essential that the post holder can swim. The work can also at times be physically demanding and hence the post holder will need to be physically fit. The post holder will be required to work every weekend and Bank Holidays.