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Reference Number: ST0767

Details of standard

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Occupation summary

This occupation is found in organisations where there is a responsibility to manage the impact of water environments, natural or manmade, on the land and surrounding businesses and homes. The water environment includes rivers, coasts (the sea), lakes, wetlands, canals and reservoirs. Water can cause erosion to our coasts and riverbanks, damage assets and infrastructure, e.g. canal walls, and create the risk of flooding on both a small and major scale. Flooding can come from multiple sources, including from rivers, the coast, surface water and groundwater, and organisations who work in this area are often involved in preparation, response and recovery following flooding from all sources. There is also a responsibility to protect water quality and to monitor its impact on habitats for wildlife. The prevention of environmental pollution in our waters and wetlands and meeting the objectives outlined in the Water Framework Directive is essential for creating and maintaining natural habitats. The broad purpose of the occupation is to create a safe environment where the public can enjoy our water environments and the surrounding land and buildings, whilst protecting the environment, and creating habitats for species to thrive.  This includes minimising flood and environmental incidents by utilising assets to manage water levels and using techniques to mitigate the impact of pollution, particularly in natural habitats. In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with members of the public as they are carrying out their duties in the field.  Members of the public can include paying customers as well as the general public making use of towpaths, other public pathways and the water environment.  In addition, employees will work with contractors, paid to deliver projects (usually of a construction nature, but may include maintenance), volunteers, who offer time and services to invest in their local environment, and other teams from their organisations. An employee in this occupation will be responsible for delivering their scheduled work activities to time and on budget. Where required, they will 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 their organisation’s health, safety and wellbeing procedures.  When not working alone they will be expected to be aware of the safety of others working alongside them, for them, or visiting the area, e.g. contractors, as well as members of the public. As a frontline representative of their organisation they are expected to display their organisation’s values and behaviours and respond to customer queries in a positive manner. They may be responsible for maintaining water levels to mitigate against the effect of flooding.

Typical job titles

Typical job titles include Field team member / Assistant Rangers / Waterways worker.

Core occupation duties


Criteria for measuring performance


Duty 1 Maintain, repair and carry out minor works on a variety of water environment assets, such as pumping stations, locks, river/ canal banks and coastal flood and erosion defences, using appropriate mobile plant and machinery and minor works to maintain water level, flow and navigation. Identify the location and types of assets and structures within their normal operational area, and explain how local systems/ catchments work.

Delivers maintenance schedule to time; ensures access to assets at all times.

Carries out all work safely, following organisational procedures.

Utilises the correct equipment to carry out activities in an efficient manner.

Regularly reports on the status of assets accurately and with relevant data, to ensure that the asset is fit for purpose, in line with asset management and continuous improvement principles.

Delivers their work in line with the organisation’s customer service standards.

K1, K2, K3, K4, K5, K6, K7, K8, 9, K10, K11

S1, S2, S3, S4, S5, S6, S7, S8, S9, S10, S11, S12, S13

B1, B2, B3, B4, B5

Duty 2 Comply with Health, safety and wellbeing legislation to ensure work is delivered safely, including reporting and managing any site risks.

Actively seeks to prevent accidents at work through their work and behaviour.

Reports near misses in accordance with organisational guidelines.

Understands the importance of health, safety and wellbeing regulations and applies them to their work and that of others at all times.

Operates safely as a lone worker when required on a risk-based approach to meet business needs.

Uses correct working practices at all times to ensure the safety of themselves and others.

Plans work to minimise all risks to health, safety and wellbeing.

Continually strives to implement industry best practice.

Challenges the behaviour of others to support the safety of everyone.

Implements new ways of working from lessons learned from safety critical incident reviews.

K12, K13, K14, K15, K16, K17, K18, K19, K20, K4, K5, K6, K7, K9

S14, S15, S16, S17, S18, S19, S20, S21, S1, S3, S4, S6, S7, S8, S9

B6, B7, B8, B9, B10, B11, B12, B2, B4

Duty 3 Respond to events that impact upon the environment, homes, businesses, assets or natural habitats (major and minor), e.g. responding to flood events or environmental incidents, including removal of obstructions. Maintain and operate the assets to respond to local flooding or environmental incidents.

Provides a rapid response to a variety of events which can cause damage, some of which may be irreparable.

Make effective and efficient decisions to protect people and the environment.

Understands the organisation’s responsibilities and is able to articulate these clearly to those impacted upon by the event, thus managing the reputation of their organisation.

Takes all safety precautions in all areas of work, including in unpredictable conditions, to ensure the safety of themselves and others.

Follows local processes & protocol for water level management & pollution control.

Ability to recognise a major incident and act accordingly.

Provides support for mitigating actions prior to an anticipated flood event, such as clearing culverts & weirs, beach replenishment etc., so that the water flow is managed: unobstructed through established water courses or impeded appropriately.

K21, K22, K23, K24, K25, K26, K27, K28, K29, K30, K1, K2, K4, K6, K9, K10

S22, S23, S24, S25, S26, S27, S28, S29, S1, S2, S6, S7, S8, S10, S11, S12, S13

B13, B14, B1, B2, B3, B4, B5

Duty 4 Work alongside other parties and where necessary co-ordinate their activity, e.g. contractors, partners, volunteers and members of the public. For example, when working together on water environment habitat projects or dealing with incidents.

Ensures the safety of all parties working alongside them, providing appropriate challenge and risk management.

Uses a range of skills to work with partners, contractors and volunteers to deliver business outcomes in a timely and efficient manner.

Uses a range of team building skills to ensure work is carried out efficiently and effectively. 

Communicates clear instructions and briefings, supported by their technical know-how to ensure that everyone remains safe and well.

Takes account of unconscious bias (as described in a formal EDI training course) and treats others with respect and due regard. 

Understands safeguarding principles and follows them when minors are encountered during their work.

K31, K32, K33, K34, K17

S30, S31, S32, S33

B15, B1

Duty 5 Create, maintain and improve habitats to ensure a natural healthy environment.

Applies environmental knowledge and good working practices to a stated standard to develop and protect the environment.

Assesses environmental changes through observation, monitoring and sampling along all water-related water environments, and takes action when required.

Takes action to sustain the environment’s flora and fauna ecosystem.

Identifies invasive species, reports in a timely manner and takes immediate action to prevent cross-contamination of sites.

Applies a wide range of methods of restoration and conservation.

K35, K36, K37, K38, K39, K1, K2, K3, K4, K5, K6, K7, K26

S34, S35, S36, S37, S1, S2, S3, S4, S5, S8, S9, S24

B16, B17, B1, B2, B3

Duty 6 Deliver project work as specified by their organisation, within remit, on budget and to timescales. For example, creating spawning grounds in rivers and eel passes, and creating access for recreational public use to enjoy the water environment, such as fishing platforms and canoe trails.

Understands the principles of project management and follows organisational procedures for reporting on project updates.

Communicates risk to delivery early enough so that it can be mitigated and expectations managed.

Understands the organisation’s funding challenges and demonstrates this by delivering value for money at all times

Takes responsibility for delivering work on time for themselves and others.

K40, K41, K42, K43, K44, K45, K46, K47, K48, K49

S38, S39, S40, S41, S42, S43, S44, S45, S46, S47, S48, S49

B18, 19, B20, B21, B22, B23, B24, B25, B26, B27, B28, B29

Duty 7 Represent their organisation in a manner which builds public confidence and provides excellent customer service. For example, responding to public queries whilst carrying out their work, such as explaining to dog walkers why pathways have been diverted. Describe why work hasn’t been undertaken by explaining the limits of work for their organisation e.g. removing trees from small rivers, dredging principles.

Demonstrates exemplary behaviour, including the representation of organisational values at all times.

Understands organisational values and strategy so that they can communicate with stakeholders, including landowners, members of the public and customers, conveying consistent organisational messages.

Takes responsibility for ensuring stakeholders' needs are met.

Uses a network of contacts within the organisation to ensure stakeholders' needs are met.

K50, K51, K17, K31, K33

S50, S27, S31

B15, B17

Duty 8 Engage and operate using a variety of soft engineering options and sustainable work methods to maintain water flow and for habitat creation, e.g. using coir rolls and willow weaving to stabilise river banks and protect them from water erosion; creating habitats in and around the aquatic environment by the re-use of woody debris.

Adheres to sustainability and waste management practices, e.g. identifies ways to reduce CO2 emissions and implements biosecurity measures to mitigate the impact on the environment.


Operates in a way which reduces pollution of our waterways and land nearby.

Carries out their work in a way which complies with environment impact assessments in order to minimise the risk to the environment.

Takes every opportunity to recycle materials where possible.

Manages site waste in accordance with waste management good practice for each activity within the plan.

Selects and uses materials which are appropriate for the use intended, taking into account the impact on the environment in which they will be used

K52, K53, K54, K55, K56, K1, K2, K3, K6, K7, K26

S51, S52, S53, S54, S55, S1, S2, S3, S4, S5, S6, S7, S8, S9, S13

B30, B31, B1, B2

Duty 9 Plan, prepare and operate in confined spaces e.g. working in culverts and under bridges.

Follows organisational guidance on entering confined spaces at all times.

Understands the risks associated with confined spaces work, and plans to mitigate the risks at all times.

Carries out dynamic risk assessments on each occasion.

Provides support to others when working in confined spaces to ensure all parties are safe and well.

K57, K58, K59, K60, K61, K62, K63, K64, K65, K66, K67, K68, K69, K70, K71

S56, S57, S58, S59, S60, S61, S62, S63, S64, S65, S66, S67, S3, S4, S6, S9, S22

B32, B33, B34, B35, B36, B37, B38, B39, B1, B2, B9

Duty 10 Agree and develop their personal performance, objectives and development.

Actively seeks to develop themselves in line with organisational priorities and requirements.

Actively involved in the setting of performance targets and objectives, and strives to achieve them in line with the organisation’s performance management processes and procedures.

Works within the limits of their role as defined by the organisation.

Takes ownership of all activities and follows up on work to ensure outcomes are delivered.

K72, K73, K74, K75, K76, K77, K78, K79

S68, S69, S70, S71, S72, S73, S74, S27

B40, B41, B42, B43, B2, B3, B14,B15, B24, B25

Duty 11 Manage water levels and flow effectively to achieve the required conditions, dependant on land use and environmental sensitivities, by mechanically controlling vegetation or materials from the bank, e.g. weed removal, tree trimming, beach management and shingle replenishment. .

Selects and uses the correct plant to remove vegetation or materials which prevent the natural flow of water or manage beach materials appropriately.

Understands the risk associated with working near water and takes appropriate measures and risk assessments to ensure work is carried out safely with no risk to life.

Understands the impact of weather conditions on the environment and structures they are operating on and adjusts working practices accordingly

K80, K81, K82, K83, K84, K85

S75, S76, S1, S9


Duty 12 Plan, prepare and construct boundaries and public access routes, including disabled access to encourage safe use of water-related environments, e.g. steps and ramps, footpaths, towpaths and fencing.

Clearly set out the aims and objectives for the asset to be constructed.

Plans each activity to deliver the intended objectives and to minimise risk to health, safety and wellbeing and the environment.

Can read, understand and interpret plans and maps.

Awareness of related environmental factors that could affect design or construction.

Carries out public safety risk assessments to ensure correct control measures in place.

Carries out all work safely, following organisational procedures.

Able to construct a variety of boundaries and public access routes using different materials and techniques and selecting the correct equipment for each task.

Exit strategy – site left in appropriate condition, clear and safe for use.

Delivers their work in line with the organisation’s customer service standards.

K86, K87, K88, K89, K90, K91, K92, K93, K3, K5, K6, K7, K9, K10, K12, 21

S77, S78, S79, S1, S2, S3, S5, S7, S9, S11, S12, S24

B45, B46, B47, B48, B49, B50, B1, B2, B3

Duty 13 Construct and maintain drainage systems.

Plans for the activity, taking into account health, safety and wellbeing and environmental requirements for the site involved

Selects and uses the correct equipment for installing the drainage system.

Monitors the drainage system for any remedial action required and maintains as required.

K94, K1, K2, K3

S80, S1, S2, S3, S4

B51, B1, B2

Duty 14 Prepare and operate vehicles or waterborne plant, e.g. 4WD vehicles, trailers, winches, weed boats, other powered and non-powered craft and pontoons.  Has an understanding of both vehicles and vessels deployed.

Plans for the activity, taking into account Health, safety and wellbeing and environmental requirements for the site involved.

Ensures they have the correct qualifications, experience/ supervision & are working within the limits of their certification.

Selects the correct vehicle or vessel for the activity and completes pre-use checks of both land and plant prior to utilisation or launching.

Knows the limitations of using certain machines in that specific environment.

Loads and drives vehicles and trailers safely, with due regard for the safety of themselves and others; with proper towing accreditations where relevant.

Carries out any water-based activity safely, with due regard for the safety of themselves and others.

Recovers the vessel safely onto dry land using appropriate techniques.

Has an understanding of the equipment available, its purpose and deployment (theoretical).

K95, K96, K97, K98, K1, K2, K84, K94

S81, S1, S3, S4, S80

B52, B1, B2, B51

Major Incident and Asset Management option duties


Criteria for measuring performance


Option duty


Respond effectively to major incidents outside of the normal operational area, as part of a national response.

Demonstrates the steps to take to carry out duties safely and effectively in an unfamiliar working environment with changing priorities.

Communicates effectively with public and wider to manage the organisation’s reputation.

Work safely alongside contractors and other partners in high risk situation, such as deployment of temporary defences during a flood.

O1K1, O1K2, O1K3, O1K4, O1K5, O1K6

O1S1, O1S2, O1S3

O1B1, O1B2, O1B3

Option duty


Work on asset management, improvement and maintenance programmes with a variety of teams across the organisation, such as planning, strategy, environmental impact experts and biodiversity teams.


Demonstrates an understanding of how other teams’ work contributes to the whole life cycle of assets; how condition assessments and maintenance standards feed in to the maintenance programme; and the basic principles of policy, planning, strategy, funding and sustainability as they relate to managing the risks from the organisation’s assets.

O1K7, O1K8, O1K9, O1K10

O1S4, O1S5, O1S6, O1S7

O1B4, O1B5

Working with Volunteers option duties 


Criteria for measuring performance


Option duty


Be involved in the volunteer cycle, from attraction and recruitment, to induction and beyond, this includes induction, on-site supervision and training.


Demonstrates an understanding of their organisation's approach to volunteering and its importance to the delivery of their business aims.

Identifies ways of effectively motivating volunteers.

O2K1, O2K2, O2K3, O2K4

O2S1, O2S2, O2S3, O2S4

O2B1, O2B2, O2B3, O2B4

Option duty


Work effectively alongside volunteers for shared operational outcomes, for example running and motivating a small team of volunteers carrying out practical waterways work or activities.

Demonstrates an understanding of the motivations of volunteers and attends to these in their management.

Identifies the volunteers and resources required to carry out a specific work plan.

O2K5, O2K6, O2K7, O2K8

O2S5, O2S6, O2S7, O2S8

O2B5, O2B6, O2B7, O2B8

Option duty


Lead on corporate volunteering events and flexible volunteering events (drop-in volunteering, family volunteering, one-off or regular).

Plan and deliver volunteering events from inception to evaluation. (i.e. litter clearance of a site with a corporate group from a local employer)

O2K9, O2K10, O2K11

O2S9, O2S10, O2S11, O2S12, O2S13, O2S14

O2B9, O2B10, O2B11, O2B12, O2B13

Heritage option duties 


Criteria for measuring performance


Option duty


Carry out repairs with due regard for appropriate legislation, guidance & best practice for management of heritage structures.  Recognise historical setting & context.

Uses the minimum intervention required to maintain heritage assets, contributes to making like-for-like and sympathetic repairs, e.g. choosing matching materials.

O3K1, O3K2, O3K3

O3S1, O3S2, O3S3, O3S4

O3B1, O3B2, O3B3

Option duty


Use heritage materials appropriately for the repair and upkeep of heritage assets

Demonstrates an understanding of the reasons to use heritage materials such as lime mortar, and the reasons for their use.

Appropriately applies heritage materials to specified standards.

O3K4, O3K5, O3K6, O3K7, O3K8, O3K9, O3K10

O3S5, O3S6, O3S7, O3S8, O3S9

O3B4, O3B5, O3B6

Internal Drainage Boards option duties


Criteria for measuring performance


Option duty


Manage water levels effectively to achieve the required conditions, dependent on land use and environmental sensitivities.

Demonstrates an understanding of basic hydraulic principles in lowland drainage systems and the importance of managing channel conveyance, roughness and blockage.  Is able to operate assets and direct maintenance activities to achieve successful water level management.

O4K1, O4K2, O4K3, O4K4

O4S1, O4S2, O4S3, O4S4

O4B1, O4B2, O4B3, O4B4, O4B5

Option duty


Use Hydro-informatics (Gauge Board readings and online telemetry records, etc.) to monitor catchment conditions and water levels and determine when action is required to achieve acceptable conditions.


Can install, read and record readings from gauge boards to national and local datum.

Can access online hydrology/water level data using smart technology in the field.

Can interpret, report and use hydro-informatics to inform decision making.

O4K5, O4K6, O4K7

O4S5, O4S6, O4S7

O4B6, O4B7, O4B8

Option duty


Work effectively in rural settings without placing themself at risk from wildlife, livestock and other rural activities.


Demonstrates an understanding of how livestock and wildlife respond to human presence, and how to behave according to type of livestock or wildlife in a variety of settings.

Capable of 4x4 driving off the public highway on agricultural land.

O4K8, O4K9, O4K10, O4K11, O4K12

O4S8, O4S9, O4S10, O4S11

O4B9, O4B10, O4B11



K1 Maintenance practices, processes and procedures covering a wide range of operational assets, such as checking in-stream structures are functioning correctly.

K2 Understands relevant and current best practice in watercourse management and maintenance practices, including soft engineering for natural flood management.

K3 Internal processes and procedures such as health and safety, organisation’s waste management policy, on-site behaviour and etiquette and organisational assessment management systems (e.g. System Asset Management Plan).

K4 Health, safety & wellbeing best practice standards, such as how to apply safe lifting techniques, safe systems of work, risk management and procedures, including dynamic risk assessments, written records and reporting.

K5 Knowledge of Health and Safety legislation and current best practice,  such as described in formal basic HSW training, relevant to their role and duties (e.g. on-site risk assessments for low risk tasks), and that of others.

K6 Personal safety working practices which ensure safety of employees whilst undertaking their duties, e.g. use of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), First Aid, managing hostile situations, working near water or working at height.

K7 Knows how to select the right plant, tools and materials to carry out their work e.g. excavators, strimmers, mowers, hand tools, cement, building materials etc and the impact othat water has on them in order to carry out activities safely and without escalating any risk.

K8 Appropriate and relevant knowledge of the asset management whole life cycle and its application to the organisation's business activities.

K9 Understands who we work with and why; relevant responsibilities of all parties.

K10 Knows how to communicate with members of the public and other stakeholders, manage difficult conversations and enhance the business reputation through those conversations (uses plain language, listens to customer needs).

K11Understands how to build relationships with partners, contractors, etc. so that work is completed efficiently and effectively. For example seeking access to farmer’s land.

K12 Of the contribution that good standards of health and safety make to the management and efficiency of the organisation.

K13 Of the legal and organisational responsibility in relation to health, safety and wellbeing, such as described by formal HSW training.

K14 Of organisational processes and procedures, including the need to reduce wherever possible due the nature of water and its potential impact

K15 Understands the opportunities and constraints that influence HSW.

K16 The reason for providing information on whereabouts, especially when lone working.

K17 Of effective methods and the need to communicate and promote health and safety awareness, practice and precautions to others.

K18 Know how to communicate with and influence others.

K19 Organisational processes and procedures relating to reporting and escalation.

K20 Understands HSW evidence base and uses to support influencing.

K21 Safe and environmentally sound operational practices and procedures covering a wide range of tools, plant and equipment.

K22 Understand how local systems/catchments work, and know the location and types of assets and structures within the normal operational area. Awareness of plans that may affect your work and where to obtain them, e.g. local water management plans.

K23 Biosecurity - an understanding of the importance of Biosecurity and a rage of practices to minimise risk.

K24 Environmental standards, regulations and procedures.

K25 Understand responsibilities with regards to internal environment management e.g. waste disposal.

K26 Control methods for, and procedures to follow to minimise cross contamination of, INNS (Invasive Non Native Species) such as Giant Knot Weed, Signal Crayfish, Floating Pennywort, Quagga Mussel, to preserve our natural environment.

K27 Use of resources which support a sustainable approach to delivering outcomes.

K28 How their team’s work links to corporate objectives; understand escalation measures internally and with external organisations including contractors.

K29 Corporate values, behaviours and ways of working.

K30 Importance of reputation management with customers, partners and members of the public.

K31 Good working knowledge of the work plan and what needs to be achieved.

K32 Understands the purpose and format of toolbox talks.

K33 Equality, diversity and inclusion, as described in a formal EDI training course.

K34 Safeguarding principles and what the organisation’s procedure is.

K35 Understand basic habitat characteristics of relevant sites and their management for the benefit of nature.

K36 Methods of environmental assessment for different habitats and sites.

K37 Use of testing/ monitoring kit.

K38 Understands specific risks of certain activities and their control measures, e.g. reduced oxygen caused by dredging.

K39 Knows timing of work of a range of activities (mowing, strimming, weed clearance etc.) to benefit nature.

K40 Understand how project budgets and costs are managed.

K41 Understand how the project reports comply with governance in the organisation.

K42 Understand the full project life cycle from business case to construction.

K43 Knowledge of cost, budget and forecasting and the differences between them to identify project performance.

K44 Understands the impact of hazards and risks in respect of safety, environmental, schedule, cost and organisational reputation.

K45 Knowledge of the differences between threats and opportunities.

K46 Understands the role of risk registers and risk plans.

K47 Knowledge of how their team’s work links to overall delivery to budget.

K48 Understands the different ways a project could be funded e.g. funding partnerships.

K49 Understands the impact of their work on other disciplines/operations teams.

K50 Good customer service principles.

K51 Understands how to escalate questions appropriately and takes ownership of resolving the enquiry with the customer. This includes awareness of internal teams and departments and the process that needs to be followed.

K52 Natural Flood Management methods for control of water flow/retention, such as in-stream structures, creation of wetland or storage ponds, tree planting and agricultural practices.

K53 Knowledge of potential hazardous substances and legislation (COSHH), as  included in a formal HSW  training course.

K54 Understanding different sources of pollution (chemical / natural) and their importance relative to setting.

K55 Knowledge of working practices that reduce impact to the environment, such as for oil spills or sediment containment.

K56 Of different materials suitable/ available for a wide range of different tasks, for example for habitat creation and soft engineering of water courses,  and their environmental impact.

K57 Of Confined Spaces Regulations 1997 and other Health and Safety legislation relevant to confined space working, as covered by a formal entry level Confined Space Awareness course.

K58 Of why and how health and safety should inform planning and decision making for confined space working.

K59 Of safe practices, processes and procedures for working in confined spaces, including ACOP (approved code of practice for entry to confined spaces); of effective methods of supporting safe working practices when working in confined spaces.

K60 Of alternative practices to manned entry.

K61 Of the significant risk to life or significant injury associated with working in confined space and the measures to control them; of why working in confined spaces is a higher risk activity.

K62 Of the difference between hazard and risk and how to assess risk.

K63 Of the hierarchy of measures to control risk – ERIC (including elimination, substitution, engineering controls, safe systems of work, training/instruction, personal protective equipment)

K64 Of the importance of dynamically assessing risk when working in confined spaces.

K65 Of the effect your actions have on attitudes of other workers towards safe working in confined spaces.

K66 Of the records which it is necessary to keep under relevant legislation and your personal responsibility for maintaining these.

K67 Of the need to communicate risk assessment and control measures to others.

K68 Of your personal responsibilities for the safety of you and others in your team when working in confined space.

K69 Of requirement for robust rescue plan / dedicated competent rescue teams; of requirement for written emergency plan.

K70 Of requirement for tested, safe and adequate rescue equipment, including where required RPE/BA (Respiratory Protective Equipment/ Breathing Apparatus).

K71 Of requirement for full SSOW (Safe System of Work) and Permit to Work where appropriate.

K72 Understands personal development and how personal skills and knowledge can be improved.

K73 Understands the importance of performance targets and their purpose.

K74 Understands the organisation's approach to performance management.

K75 Understands what SMART objectives look like and how to write them.

K76 Understands their role and its position within the organisation.

K77 Understands organisational structure and hierarchy and can ensure that any follow-up activity is timely and appropriate.

K78 Understand when tasks require internal or external assistance.

K79 Understands how their position relates to the organisation/ structure to ensure relevant discussions of progress of activities.

K80 The purpose and types of plant to be used.

K81 How to dispose of material.

K82 Understanding of the impacts of non-native invasive weeds, and the impacts on those coming into contact with them, on the watercourses.

K83 Understands the risks associated with working with, in or near water, such as covered in a formal water safety training.

K84 Has knowledge of Water Environments, e.g. understanding tidal variations, locks, culverts & the potential physical hazards of water currents & debris, and how this affects working practises.

K85 Understanding the impact of weather conditions on the environment and structures.

K86 Awareness of legal requirements around rights of way and public access routes and knowledge of where to find the information/who to ask for further guidance.

K87 Understand best practice in design of public access routes, such as path width, surface usability, awareness of overhead and underground services, and ease of maintenance of final asset.

K88 both preparation and construction, know how to deal with unexpected events such as accidental damage, or difficulty in conforming to the specifications.

K89 Know how to close off and return tools and equipment to safe location.

K90 Understanding of how to do scale drawings and of how to understand a detailed plan drawn by an experienced designer.

K91 Ability to read and interpret map.

K92 Awareness of the broad framework of relevant legislation i.e. relating to bird nesting, protected species and permissions for flood risk and land drainage works.

K93 Knowledge of key habitats and species likely to be encountered.

K94 Has local knowledge & provenance - what works in that area, what does not work. Knows who the key stakeholders are.

K95 Understands internal processes & procedures in relation to HSQ&E (Health, Safety, Quality & Environment), e.g. environmental protection, nesting birds, water voles, oil spillages, etc.

K96 Knows legislation with regard to operating around and with invasive plant species, their legislated removal, disposal, clean-up & permissions to undertake the work.

K97 Understands and considers the impact of the procedure on wildlife, e.g. fish rescue may be necessitated.

K98 Demonstrates required knowledge of Waterborne Diseases, appropriate PPE, First Aid & Fire & how to rescue people in water.

O1K1 Understand the Health, Safety and Wellbeing risks in an unfamiliar and emergency working environment. For example, different types of river catchment behaviours, the river or tidal factors which cause increased flow and flooding and how manage risks to individuals who are operating assets, and dealing with flooding.

O1K2 Understands personal safety working practices which ensure safety and wellbeing of employees and partners whilst undertaking emergency duties in an unfamiliar location, such as fatigue management, accommodation issues, dealing with stressful situations.

O1K3 Know how to explain their role, the remit of their organisation, of various partners.

O1K4 Understand how to handle requests for information in line with the organisation’s policy.

O1K5 Understand how we work with other Category 1 responders and our various responsibilities under the CCA (Civil Contingencies Act).

O1K6 Understand risks to Health, Safety and Wellbeing and how others (partners, contractors, public) may be affected by our actions.

O1K7 Understand how the asset management programme   fits in with national and the organisation’s responsibilities to protect communities from flood risk.

O1K8 Understand how the maintenance schedule is developed, for example be able to explain why some assets are maintained and not others.

O1K9 Understand the range of assets in use and how they contribute to protecting communities, for example, from small flap valves to large barriers, sea and river defences and pumping stations.

O1K10 Understand impact of an organisation’s assets on natural environment, and know how the effects may be mitigated.

O2K1 Recruitment and Induction of volunteers, training including legislative considerations, fair recruitment processes, equality and diversity and inclusion training, how to induct a volunteer effectively,

O2K2 Knowledge of induction and training techniques, following the organisation’s volunteer training plan, to include: Welcome & Induction Safety Management Ongoing Training & Support Safety Management

O2K3 Knows the relevant Health and Safety legislation and considerations relevant to volunteer groups including working close to water

O2K4 Understands different methods for supervising volunteers

O2K5 Has a good understanding of operational outcomes needed.

O2K6 Understands the information volunteers require in order to complete the tasks identified

O2K7 Ensures volunteers are briefed effectively using the correct working methods.

O2K8 Understands the relative outputs of volunteer groups to aid in resource and time planning.

O2K9 Knowledge of how to engage with medium/large groups

O2K10 Knowledge of group motivations and dynamics to effectively manage the group

O2K11 Understands the relative outputs of volunteer groups to aid in resource and time planning.

O3K1 Understands the principles & legislation behind management of valued heritage / historic structures, e.g. listings, conservation sites, historic context. Know who to contact for advice.

O3K2 With reference to specialist skills, understand who we work with and why, and relevant responsibilities of all parties.

O3K3 Knows how to communicate with members of the public and other stakeholders, and in particular can explain conservation principles and details of the work and why it is being carried out. Through this also manages any difficult conversations and enhances the business reputation through those conversations (uses plain language, listens to customer needs).

O3K4 Maintenance practices, processes and procedures covering a wide range of heritage operational assets. This can include lock gates, bridges, lifts, tunnels, navigations, aquaducts, heritage buildings, dry docks. This includes safe working practices in construction, construction technology, project methodology, working on conservation and restoration projects and preparation and mixing of lime mortars

O3K5 Know how to select the right plant, tools and materials to carry out their work appropriate for the heritage asset, e.g. stone masonry tools & chisels, lime mortar, traditional building materials etc.  Seeks additional advice if unsure of the correct method.

O3K6 Understands the requirements to use practices, processes and procedures appropriate for heritage operational assets.

O3K7 Awareness of risks on heritage impact.

O3K8 Maintenance practices, processes and procedures specific to heritage structures covering a wide range of operational assets,

O3K9 Understand relevant and current best practice in watercourse management and maintenance practices in relation to the use of heritage materials such as lime mortar for building works, and including soft engineering for natural flood management.

O3K10 Internal processes and procedures such as health and safety, organisation’s waste management policy, on-site behaviour and etiquette and organisational assessment management systems specific to the use of heritage materials. Has good knowledge of relevant current statutory requirements and official guidance, responsibilities, to self and others, relating to workplace health, safety and welfare, personal behaviour and security in the workplace

O4K1 Understand capabilities and requirements of the asset.

O4K2 Understanding the requirements of the catchment (including land use and designation).

O4K3 Understanding impacts of (defined) seasons on management.

O4K4 Knowledge of Land Drainage Act 1991 and other relevant legislation and regulation and IDB (Internal Drainage Boards) byelaws.

O4K5 Understands relevant and current best practice and which sources of information should be used to identify issues.

O4K6 Knows internal processes and procedures such as how to report in an efficient and productive manner to influence decision making where necessary.

O4K7 Knows how to access relevant information to inform operational decisions e.g. On-line telemetry, Water levels, flow and rainfall gauges, national and local weather forecasts.

O4K8 Understanding of how livestock and wildlife respond to human presence in different circumstances and settings.

O4K9 Understands the impact of own behaviour according to type of livestock /wildlife in a variety of settings.

O4K10 How to communicate accurate and regular information to lone working resources.

O4K11 Competent to operate 4x4 vehicle and knows limits of vehicle and self.

O4K12 Identifies when ground conditions necessitate use of 4x4 vehicle, and how to arrange recovery of vehicle if required.


S1 Applies best practice in using a range of maintenance tools, plant and equipment, and able to use specified plant safely and appropriately.

S2 Selects and carries out minor repair work safely using the correct equipment and materials.

S3 Effectively plans and prioritises tasks, e.g. based on the urgency of the maintenance task.

S4 Makes effective decisions, correctly judging when to make decisions alone, or with the advice of peers and managers.

S5 Identifies public access routes and considers them in setting up sites in a safe working environment .

S6 Follows and applies safe systems of work.

S7 Works safely, identifies hazards, assesses risks and complies with control measures.

S8 Follows organisational policies & procedures.

S9 Uses organisation’s risk assessment system, including for impacts to the environment; able to undertake risk assessment to ensure that work is carried out safely.

S10 Collates or reports accurate data which ensures assets are well maintained in a timely manner.

S11 Improves the organisation's reputation by the way in which they work with contractors and other partners to deliver their work.

S12 Promotes the work of the organisation in a positive light, referring to others when necessary.

S13 Engages with stakeholders whilst carrying out their work and is able to explain their role and the role of their organisation.

S14 Manages their time and costs effectively

S15 Manage the behaviour of others (for example behavioural safety discussions with those on site including members of the public).

S16 Applies their knowledge of legislation and best practice requirements.

S17 Adopts & incorporates lessons learned.

S18 Promotes and manages Health, Safety & Wellbeing of colleagues, stakeholders and public by the way they deliver their work and engage with others

S19 Promotes HSW positively, referring to others when necessary.

S20 Identifies and intervenes when poor practices are observed in order to reduce the risk of incidents around water.

S21 Uses tools, plant and equipment effectively including in and around water itself, ensuring they continue to be used safely with due respect to how they may be affected by water.

S22 Dynamically assess risk and challenge unsafe activities when carrying out their duties, for their protection and that of others (e.g. contractors, members of the public), and take the necessary actions to minimise potential dangers.

S23 Work outside in all weather conditions, covering 24/7 incident response.

S24 Comply with environmental best practices and procedures e.g. prevent cross contamination of Invasive Non Native Species (INNS).

S25 Follow sustainability and waste management practices e.g. identifies ways to reduce CO2 emissions.

S26 Operate in a way which reduces pollution of our waterways and land nearby.

S27 Communicate clearly and effectively with stakeholders, including the public, land owners, contractors and colleagues.

S28 Take steps to manage their personal wellbeing, especially when lone working: work safely,  identify hazards, assess risk and comply with internal and external control measures.

S29 Demonstrate appropriate tool and material selection to carry out their duties safely taking into account the ground / working  conditions.

S30 Uses their communication skills effectively to coordinate activities.

S31 Selects and applies techniques to solve problems, such as dealing with hostile situations, including Conflict Resolution / Complaint Handling Skills.

S32 Is able to motivate and work alongside others.

S33 Provides effective and timely feedback to colleagues and stakeholders

S34 Assessment of habitat condition and planning of work to benefit nature.

S35 Recognise and apply a wide range of methods of restoration and conservation.

S36 Carries out monitoring of water habitats, such as water sampling, species counts, photography.

S37 Collates accurate data appropriate to the situation and reports this in a clear and timely way.

S38 Manage own project activities and delivers on time, and to both cost and quality.

S39 Identify, achieve and maintain quality standards appropriate to the context and specific requirements of project activities.

S40 Identify and analyse the context, opportunities and challenges presented by the project including those presented by working with a range of organisations and stakeholders.

S41 Work within the operating constraints that apply to the project including organizational standards and regulatory considerations.

S42 Select and use tools and work systems required to undertake their activities on the project.

S43 Uses qualitative and quantitative methods to identify project risk.

S44 Ensure that potential opportunities are also captured.

S45 Identify and apply appropriate mitigation strategies safely

S46 Ensures mitigations are delivered safely.

S47 Follow organisational policies and procedures for time reporting.

S48 Control expenditure and produce status updates to the Project Manager as required.

S49 Set and deliver high work standards, organising tasks and own time to achieve results.

S50 Uses "Positive Language”.

S51 Construct soft engineering structures, such as wood leaky dams.

S52 Prioritises and organises tasks and resources to ensure best practice in waste management.

S53 Select and apply appropriate working methods, plant and equipment to maximize recycling and minimise waste.

S54 Plan work to maximize recycling and minimise waste, such as purchasing of materials in suitable pack sizes etc.

S55 Selects appropriate materials to maximise recycling and minimise waste.

S56 Competent to work in and assess risk from confined spaces relevant to the type/nature of confined space.

S57 Utilises different methods of entry and egress; emergency recovery and egress.

S58 Competent in use of tools and equipment used during confined space work (including the increased confined space risks – ATEX, DSEAR).

S59 Able to select and apply the correct measures to control risk from confined space working activities.

S60 Use approved methods and systems when carrying out work in confined spaces.

S61 Able to use tools, equipment and PPE /RPE correctly according to relevant legislation and organisational requirements.

S62 Selects and prioritises use of non-invasive survey.

S63 Has an awareness of legal duties associated with confined space working; what is required to work in a confined space, as covered by a formal entry level Confined Space Awareness course

S64 Undertakes risk assessment processes; confined spaces assessment.

S65 Ensures organisation’s procedures for confined space working are clearly communicated & put into practice .

S66 Communicate HSW precautions and controls that are to be applied by you and others when working in confined spaces.

S67 Encourage and support others with whom you are working to maintain their own H&S during confined space working.

S68 Participates in development activities to develop their skills.

S69 Recognises their strengths and development areas.

S70 Able to prioritise work to assist in meeting targets and ensuring schedules are adhered to

S71 Creates SMART objectives in line with organisation's requirements.

S72 Collaborates with others when required to deliver business outcomes.

S73 Demonstrates problem solving ability.

S74 Demonstrates good scheduling and timekeeping skills.

S75 Ability to work safely with hazardous vegetation.

S76 Adapt working practice according to weather conditions.

S77 Ability to create both basic sketches and scaled drawings for design work.

S78 Ability to make appropriate decisions independently and also when to discuss with them with colleagues beforehand.

S79 Ability to list the key flood risk and biodiversity factors and species that may affect design or construction.

S80 Can follow a plan of works.

S81 Is able to identify the correct equipment.

O1S1 Communicate and engage with individuals outside of the usual team about personal wellbeing and local information.

O1S2 Handle media requests for information in accordance with policy and procedures.

O1S3 Work collaboratively, ensuring everyone involved follows safe working practices at all times, such as using safe winching techniques to remove obstructions, and driving four wheel drive vehicles off the public highway safely.

O1S4 Work effectively, safely and sustainably on the local priorities defined by the asset maintenance schedule.

O1S5 Work with other teams to help develop condition assessments and a work programme allied to maintenance standards.

O1S6 Review the impact of ‘recovery phase’ of incident response and identify when an asset reaches the correct status.

O1S7 Identify work which could improve habitats at the same time as improving assets.

O2S1 Plan for volunteer involvement on-site.

O2S2 Effectively contribute to a successful volunteer recruitment campaign.

O2S3 Managing day to day requirements for volunteers involved on site.

O2S4 Contribute to the delivery of sustainable volunteering offer, based on volunteer’s skills and interest areas.

O2S5 Is able to effectively communicate with volunteers.

O2S6 Is able to assess the task and identify the required Volunteering resource to deliver the task effectively.

O2S7 Can plan work activities for a wide range of volunteer groups and different tasks

O2S8 Carry out risk assessments for a wide range of tasks carried out by volunteers including working close to water

O2S9 Awareness of professional conduct and representing the organisation.

O2S10 Sensitive to the needs of the group including recognising the volunteers as customers. (Takes personal responsibility) and ensures that they have a great experience.

O2S11 Project management including risk assessment, planning, purchasing, resources and evaluation techniques.

O2S12 Is able to identify the best communication method for a wide range of situations including on an individual basis and also to a group, and deliver this effectively.

O2S13 Is able to plan tasks as volunteering “events” for corporate groups by applying knowledge of   resource requirements for each task

Can carry out risk assessments for volunteer group activities including work close to water

O3S1 Assesses heritage value. Plans & executes work appropriately to context. Takes advice from appropriate colleagues & stakeholders.

O3S2 Follow technical advice and guidance in Environmental / Heritage Assessments.

O3S3 Improve the organisation's reputation with particular reference to their conservation standards and credentials by the way in which they work with contractors and other partners to deliver their work

O3S4 Promote the conservation work of the organisation in a positive light, referring to others when necessary

O3S5 Safely uses a range of maintenance tools, plant and equipment specific to heritage conservation safely and appropriately (including Stone Masonry Tools & Chisels).

O3S6 Selects and carries out minor repair work using the correct equipment and materials appropriate to heritage conservation (for example materials used to protect completed work).

O3S7 Demonstrate decision making that includes heritage value.

O3S8 Applies best practice in using a range of maintenance tools, plant and equipment appropriate for heritage materials, and able to use specified plant safely and appropriately.

O3S9 Selects and carries out minor repair work safely using the correct equipment and heritage

O4S1 Implements safe systems of work to deploy interventions in a timely manner.

O4S2 Collates or reports accurate data which ensures assets are well maintained in a timely manner.

O4S3 Explains the purpose of managing water levels and watercourses in the context of organisational objectives, powers and responsibilities.

O4S4 Operates individually or as part of a team to manage welfare of self and others in all weather conditions and time of day.

Takes readings and interprets information from relevant technology such as gauge board, on-line telemetry, internet weather forecasts

Takes optical level survey to establish fixed datum for installation of water level monitoring equipment e.g. gauge board or telemetry site.

O4S7 Records and presents information to inform operational decisions e.g. water level diary or spreadsheet.

O4S8 Safe 4x4 driving off the public highway on agricultural land.

Dynamically assess risk when in locality of different types of livestock in rural setting.

O4S10 Work effectively and safely in variety of settings.

O4S11 Implement lone working device in accordance with own organisation’s procedure.


B1 Has a collaborative approach to work

B2 Sets and delivers high work standards and demonstrates the drive to meet targets, ensuring health & safety is managed so far as reasonably practicable.

B3 Is conscous of time constraints - prioritises and organises tasks and resources to ensure timely achievement of results.

B4 Is open to change. This includes being creative in supporting continuous improvement or changes to systems, processes and procedures that affect the way you and your colleagues do your job.

B5 Takes personal responsibility for identifying and addressing the needs of customers (stakeholders, including landowners), delivering the objectives and ensuring that they are satisfied with the outcomes in a polite professional manner.

B6 Takes personal responsibility for ensuring their compliance, and the compliance of others, with latest procedures.

B7 Safety conscious approach -  prioritises and organises tasks and resources to ensure safe working practices.Takes appropriate action to ensure safe working and wears appropriate PPE.

B8 Proactively promotes  and champions HSW within their organisation .

B9 Complies with and ensure others comply with legal requirements, industry regulations & standards, and organisational policies, processes, procedures and professional codes/ ethics.

B10 Treats individuals with respect and act in their best interests

B11 Recognises the importance of implementing lessons learnt

B12 Continually seeks to improve their performance

B13 Have sound judgement. Make decisions about the relevance, quality and accuracy of the information available to you and using and sharing it appropriately.

B14 Continually seek to develop their professional skills and embed new ways of working for themselves and others.

B15 Behaves in accordance with the organisation’s values and behaviours.

B16 Is open to identifying opportunities for habitat enhancement.

B17 An ambassador for the organisation and its policies on management of invasive species.

B18 Takes a ‘bigger picture’ approach and develops a solutions focus, not a problem focus in order to be positive and adaptable, responding well to feedback and the need for change.

B19 Promotes the vision, organisational/project purpose and values.

B20 Contributes to the environment for an inclusive and diverse organisational culture.

B21 Works with others to gain clear guidance on responsibilities and monitors own progress.

B22 Uses judgement to identify potential risks relating to own work (self) and that of others.

B23 Is aware of changing circumstances dentifies risks - effectively and helps to manage those risks by checking information, concentration on the task.

B24 Takes personal responsibility for delivering their work to time and budget.

B25 Displays a self-disciplined, self-motivated, proactive approach to work.

B26 Manages workload with integrity and takes an ethical approach to develop trust with stakeholders.

B27 Drives for results with the support of the project team members and manages stakeholder relationships.

B28 Works collaboratively to build rapport and trust, develop networks and maintain relationships.

B29 Role models professional conduct so as to enhance the reputation of the organisation.

B30 Acts as an ambassador for organisational policy on use of soft engineering solutions.  Able to discuss projects with interested external parties.

B31 Has respect and understanding for the environment that they are working in.

B32 willingness to learn lessons by reviewing existing risk assessments for confined space working activities

B33 Has a safety first attitude - select and apply the correct measures to control risk from confined space working activities prioritising non-entry methods.

B34 Avoids working or entering confined spaces where safer, reasonably practicable approaches can be used.

B35 Is familiar with the risks associated with confined spaces work & understands confined space working is NOT a lone working activity.

B36 Is conscious of ongoing risk during activities - always follows risk assessment and safe systems of work; considers and reviews risk assessment and safe systems of work before and during the course of activities.  Stops work and reassesses whether it is safe to continue as appropriate.

B37 Always seeks advice where not competent to assess risk associated with confined spaces work or prepare SSOW or carry out work.

B38 Has a risk priority mindset that allows them to assess the risk to themselves, workers and others in the vicinity.

B39 Has an open approach to working with others - eg. teams of accessors/ specialists as required.

B40 Takes personal responsibility for developing their knowledge and skills.

B41 Uses judgement to identify when tasks are outside of skill set.

B42 Seeks relevant advice and support when appropriate.

B43 Shows good team communication and positive attitude.

B44 Uses equipment safely.

B45 Keenness to understand why certain materials and processes are used.

B46 Willing to address new processes and improvements as suggested by senior colleagues.

B47 Not being afraid of landowners/ stakeholders asking them questions while they are undertaking their work; engaging with landowners/ stakeholders in a polite professional manner.

B48 Willingness to ask questions of more experienced colleagues to aid understanding.

B49 Shows understanding of why these issues/ related environmental factors are important.

B50 Willing to address constraints and opportunities to improve designs

B51 Is confident enough to communicate freely within the team.  Will stop & take advice.

B52 is conscious of the needs of members of public in the area.

O1B1: Perceives and mitigates risks to themselves and other at all times.

O1B2: Challenges and accepts challenge with regards to safe working practices

O1B3: Is aware they need to communicate effectively in a range of situations, and with a variety of methods.

O1B4: Continually seek to develop their professional skills and embed new ways of working for themselves and others.

O1B5: Promote awareness of the need to plan for asset information at all stages of the asset lifecycle.

O2B1: Demonstrates their commitment to the organisation’s values when working with volunteers.

O2B2: Working together with volunteers, respecting the contribution that they make.

O2B3: Demonstrates a professional approach to all volunteers.

O2B4: Adopt organisational and legislative responsibilities in safeguarding

O2B5: Demonstrate commitment to the organisation’s values when working with volunteers.

O2B6: Demonstrates an understanding of a diverse range of volunteers with different skills and knowledge.

O2B7: Actively shares the organisation’s values with volunteers through all aspects of working together and ensures through supervision that volunteers are also demonstrating the organisation’s values

O2B8: Has consistent behaviours, providing a warm welcome to every volunteer and creates an inclusive environment for volunteers to work in.

O2B9: Comply with organisational and legislative responsibilities in safeguarding.

O2B10: Demonstrate commitment to the organisation’s values when working with volunteers groups.

O2B11: Working together with volunteers, respecting the contribution that they make individually and as a Group.

O2B12: Is warm and welcoming to all volunteers individually and as a group

O2B13: Demonstrates an understanding of a diverse range of volunteers and volunteer groups with different skills and knowledge.

O3B1: Is aware that actively communicating with members of the public and other stakeholders on conservation work can enhance the business reputation through those conversations (uses plain language, listens to customer needs).

O3B2:Take personal responsibility for implementation of lessons learnt, and actively seeks opportunities to share learning particularly of conservation methods in different situations

O3B3: Deal confidently as required with property owners/stakeholders asking them questions while they are undertaking their work; engaging with property owners/clients/stakeholders in a polite professional manner.

O3B4: Behave in a responsible manner when working on heritage assets, to self and others, relating to workplace health, safety and welfare, personal behaviour and security in the workplace.

O3B5: Set and deliver high work standards and demonstrates the drive to meet targets, ensuring health & safety is managed so far as reasonably practicable, and any the specific requirements for the use of heritage materials are observed such as curing times or environmental

O3B6: Show dedication and commitment to the value of heritage and for retaining heritage for now and future generations

O4B1: Identify and collate catchment changes and report accurate data appropriate to the situation in a clear and timely manner.

O4B2: Engages with professional partners to achieve shared water level objectives.

O4B3: Is conscious of target driven objectives - consistently achieves agreed water level objectives sharing problems with line managers and  partners when unable to do so:

O4B4: Has a safety conscious mindset - uses safety management procedures to ensure safety of self and others

O4B5: Organise daily and weekly tasks to achieve agreed water level outcomes (ref. Water Level)

O4B6: Comply with information and data governance policies.

O4B7: Seeks continual improvement in availability and quality of hydro-informatics.

O4B8: Works collaboratively with partners to share information for most effective decision making.

O4B9: Ensures that potential risks are reported and or mitigated appropriately.

O4B10: Consistently uses lone worker procedure to report location and type of work.

O4B11: Ensures that potential risk to self and others from livestock and rural environment is minimized through use of own organisations risk management procedures.


English and Maths qualifications

Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment.  For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL. 

Other qualifications

  • Mandatory qualification 1: Manual handling / Safe Lifting Techniques: CORE

Level of qualification: 2

  • Mandatory qualification 2: Working at Height / Safe Working with Ladders: CORE

Level of qualification: 2

  • Mandatory qualification 3: Confined Space Awareness: CORE

Level of qualification: 2

  • Mandatory qualification 4: Training in the use of a piece of earthmoving or vegetation control plant such as 360 excavator, dump truck, tractor and flail or wood chipper: CORE

Level of qualification:

  • Mandatory qualification 5: Emergency First Aid: CORE

Level of qualification: 2

  • Mandatory qualification 6: Working in or near Water/ Working over or near to water: CORE

Level of qualification: 2

  • Mandatory qualification 7: IOSH Working Safely/ CITB Health and Safety Awareness/ Lantra Health, Safety and Environmental Awareness- Construction: CORE
  • Mandatory qualification 8: Hostile Environment Awareness Training/ Dealing with Hostile Situations/ Managing Conflict/Dealing with Difficult People and Situations: CORE

Level of qualification: 2

  • Mandatory qualification 9: Basic Winching / Capstan and Winch Operation/ Professional Winch Training / Safe Winching Techniques: OPTION 1/ 4

Level of qualification: 2

  • Mandatory qualification 10: Equality Diversity and Inclusion Awareness: CORE

Level of qualification: 2

  • Mandatory qualification 11: Underground and Overhead Services Awareness/ Utilitites Awareness / Cable Avoidance: CORE

Level of qualification: 2

  • Mandatory qualification 12: Off Road 4x4 Driving / Professional 4x4 Training for Work / Off Road Vehicle Operating: OPTION 1/4

Level of qualification: 2

sional recognition

CIWEM / Technician

Additional details

Occupational Level: 3
Duration (months): 18


This standard will be reviewed after three years.


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Status: In development
Proposal approved Standard approved Assessment plan approved
Level: 3
Reference: ST0767
Version: 1
Date updated: 08/01/2019
Route: Agriculture, environmental and animal care
Trailblazer contact(s): paul.cross@environment-agency.gov.uk
Employers involved in creating the standard: The Environment Agency, Cambridgeshire County Council, National Trust, Waterways Recovery Group and Inland, Waterways Association, Jeremy Benn Associates Limited (t/a JBA Consulting), Somerset Drainage Boards Consortium, Canal and River Trust, Land & Water Group Ltd, EN:Able Futures CIC, AECOM Infrastructure & Environment UK Limited

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