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Volunteer Asset Data Researcher - Bridges


Reference: OPP0005280

Activities: Administration, Recording and monitoring

Starts: 4th September 2017

Closing Date: 9 August 2017

Fearns Wharf, Leeds

This is a rare opportunity for volunteers with civil engineering experience to show off their skills and make a valuable contribution to the management of Trust infrastructure.

The Trust looks after a variety of structures (assets) including culverts, bridges, locks and many more. To predict the long-term condition of our infrastructure, we are calling for dedicated Volunteer Asset Data Researchers to collect information and complete our shiny, new Asset Condition Health Index. This initiative is generously funded by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

You will be working alongside engineering specialists in the Leeds office, interpreting and collating information from inspection reports using our asset archive, Microsoft Excel and GIS. This information will then be used to complete the new asset models. The first research will be conducted on our culverts and bridges, but there will be future opportunities to collect data on other assets.


This is a unique opportunity to make an important contribution to our understanding of nationally significant assets, while improving GIS software skills. You will develop an in-depth understanding of asset management within a team of experienced engineers and gain insights into asset strategy approaches across a range of structures. Come share your wisdom and experience and make an invaluable, lasting contribution to our UK waterways. PPE and out-of-pocket expenses will be covered by the Trust.

Skills required

You will have either experience or knowledge of civil engineering (bridge engineering desirable). You will be proficient in data entry, comfortable with Microsoft Excel and familiar with, or willing to learn how to use, GIS software. You will be diligent with an eye for detail and willing to make the most of this opportunity. Please get in touch if you are unsure if this volunteering role is right for you.

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