Water Environment Worker Apprenticeships

Relevant National Minimum Wage for Apprentices

23 days leave plus Bank Holidays and 3 additional Statutory Days

We have an exciting opportunity for three individuals to join a local Internal Drainage Board (IDB), providing water level management services for the local communities in the Lindsey Marsh, Isle of Axholme and Doncaster East areas. WMC Consortium Map.pdf

We are offering three apprenticeships as part of our development and succession planning. Two of these positions will be primarily site-based, the first in the Isle of Axholme area will focus on watercourse maintenance assisting the workforce with the summer and winter works programmes IOA Land Drainage Operative Job Description.pdf, the second in the Doncaster East area will be more focussed on the maintenance of pumping stations DE Pump Operative Job Description.pdf. These positions would suit someone who likes to work outdoors.

The third position will be with our Engineering Team at the Manby office LM Apprentice Job Description.pdf. Duties will include: assisting with land level and topographical surveys; preparing drawings and plans; undertaking utility and land searches; analysing data and plotting trends; water sampling; seeking quotations for minor works, assisting with 3D scanning of pumping stations. This would suit someone with an interest in technology and an analytical mind.

The Apprenticeship Scheme is run by Bridgewater and Taunton College and enrolment will be in October. Apprentices will be required to attend a two-week block placement with on the job and online training thereafter. Candidates need to be self-motivated and keen to learn, with a positive attitude, and an interest in land drainage and water level management.

The term of the apprenticeship is 18 months.

The apprenticeship includes a comprehensive training programme and in addition to the duties in the individual job descriptions, all apprentices will cover the elements below which will be tailored to suit each role.

  • Health and safety – Manual handling, working at height, confined space awareness, emergency first aid, working near water, working safely, dealing with hostile situations, overhead/underground services awareness, basic winching, off-road driving, etc.
  • Maintenance/repairs of watercourses – Flailing with tractor/flail and/or weedcutting with excavator/weedboat, culvert installation, tree works, assisting with slip repairs and pumping station refurbishment works.
  • Pumping stations – 3D scanning of buildings and plant, recording of meter readings and pump run hours, and general maintenance, eg strimming and grass cutting.
  • Incidence response – Awareness of emergency procedures and how we respond to a flood event.
  • Environmental – Understanding the importance of biodiversity, the environmental constraints around our work and how we mitigate for any loss of habitat, recording and trending of environmental data.
  • Project delivery – Undertaking work within timescales and understanding the importance of keeping to budget.
  • Confined spaces – Understanding the requirements of working within a confined space, eg culverts and substructures.
  • Managing water levels and flows – Understanding the work required to keep our systems functioning to their design standard, the impact of rainfall and soil moisture, water quality, monitoring and altering water levels, and use of the telemetry system. Learning about the impact of third-party development on the Boards.
  • General maintenance of plant and machinery.
  • Liaison and public relations – Learning about partnership schemes and the role of contractors. Behaving in a professional manner at all times often being the first point of contact with members of the public when working out on site.
  • Personal objectives and performance – Setting and managing your own targets and understanding how these fit with the overall aims of the organisation.
  • The organisation – gaining an understanding of the Consortium, the Boards and the different departments, their roles and responsibilities, and how they work together and support each other. Learning about the aims and objectives of the Boards and the governance procedures and policies.

Candidates will need a Level 2 in English and Maths and must have a driving licence as they will be required to travel to their local depot/site/work location each day.

Knowledge of the Board’s area and the work of IDBs would be an advantage. Candidates will need to be self-motivated and enthusiastic with a positive attitude to health and safety.

If you are interested in applying for one of the three positions, please send a CV and covering letter stating which area you are interested in to: Mrs C. Davies, Corporate Services Manager, Water Management Consortium, Wellington House, Manby Park, Manby, LOUTH, Lincolnshire, LN11 8UU or email enquiries@lmdb.co.uk If you require more information, please call 01507 328095 for an informal chat.