Careers

We are a small company based in Derbyshire but always on the look out for talented carpenters, gifted engineers, motivated sales staff, creative marketing staff, organised administrators and knowledgeable handover staff. If you have these skills, love working in a small team, like the idea of being near the canals for a living and willing to help our business grow then get in touch.

Benefits of working for Aqua Narrowboats:

  • Each person will have a full induction process with annual training & appraisal to ensure you are continually developing.
  • You will get 28 days annual leave (inclusive of Bank Holidays, pro-rota for reduced hour staff)
  • You will get Aqua Team clothing: shirts/ T-shirts/ sweater or jumpers and fleece
  • You will get an allowance for any heath and safety kit required.
  • You will get free parking onsite
  • We have a flexible working policy to allow late starts and early leaves for appointments.
  • Statutory sick pay is given where qualified.
  • We also operate a ‘time off in lieu system’ so you can work extra hours, and take it back later.
  • We have many ways of communicating with our team including meetings, staff intranet page with regular updates & posts, and welcome contributions by all employees.
  • We have a complimentary staff xmas ‘do’ and invite employees to any other events that may come our way!!

We have recently moved into a new purpose built factory in Foston, just off the A50 giving great access and facilities for our staff.

Current Vacancies

If you have always loved fixing things, looking at engines, finding out how things work; then this would be a great job for you.

Main Purpose of Job:         

You will be assisting in marine engineering for a company that specialises in Bespoke, high quality narrowboat manufacturing as well as luxury narrowboat hire.

Working alongside the marine engineer supervisor, and using your eye for detail, you will assist with the boat build process: engine installation & commissioning, plumbing & pipework, electrical wiring & systems, to the required high specifications. In addition, you will assist the team to complete less skilled areas of work such as hull painting, varnishing and cleaning to ensure the boat build timeline is met.

You will also help lead our hire boat team on our hire boat turnaround days during the season from March to October.

You will use your problem-solving skills & methodical thinking to assist with the repairs & maintenance of our fleet of hire boats that we attend to. Therefore a background of narrowboats will be an advantage.

This is a hands on role and often working in narrowboat engine bays. You must be self-motivated to learn many aspects of the job, although training will be provided as necessary.

You will have direct contact with our customers and therefore you must have good communication skills and be friendly and polite.

Finally, you will be using your team & organizational skills for all jobs, listening carefully to instructions, interpreting job sheets and applying your constantly increasing engineering knowledge, whilst vigilantly following all health and safety procedures.

For this position you will be expected have completed an NVQ 2 or 3 or equivalent in performing hands on engineering operations. You will already have gained a grade C or above in English and Maths GCSE. The ideal candidate will have experience in narrowboat engineering, although we will consider candidates with appropriate transferable skills.

This is a full time position, although we would also consider reduced hours or temporary/ flexible hours for an experienced candidate. Working schedule is Monday to Friday, November to February and Tuesday to Saturday during the hire season March to October.

Where you will work

You will be working with a small team of engineers, joiners & handover staff based at The Boat House, Tomlinson Business Park, Woodyard Lane, Foston, DE65 5BU and Barton Turns Marina, Barton-under-Needwood, DE13 8DZ on handover days.

Salary: Salary will be dependent on candidates skill and experience.

Working hours: Full-time, Permanent. We are looking for a Marine Engineer that can work 40 hours per week.

If you think you can contribute your skills and friendly approach as part of our professional team please upload your CV below or get in touch. For a chat about this opportunity please Tel 01283 585718.

Main Purpose of Job:         

To use a high level of skill together with modern workshop machinery to design, develop and build all woodwork associated with the fitout and refurbishment of both new and used boats. To communicate courteously with customers to establish the individuals needs and requirements to ascertain work required.

Main duties and tasks:

  1. To produce all woodwork to a high standard and to use workshop machinery to design, develop and build all woodwork for new and used narrowboat builds.
  2. To communicate effectively with customers what carpentry work is needed and what has been carried out and to provide guidance of expected timescales.
  3. To identify work involved in the refurbishment of boats and assist with quotations.
  4. To work independently and to meet timescales set for both woodworking tasks and other workshop tasks as required.
  5. To work as part of a team for the fitout of boats which may include assisting with other tasks such as basic plumbing, electrics and engineering.
  6. To be responsible for health and safety and risk assessments when working independently and as part of a team ensuring that all company procedures are adhered to.
  7. To monitor allocation of time and complete relevant paperwork in accordance with finance to enable accurate invoices to be issued.
  8. To manage and support our boat building apprentice scheme.
  9. To keep up to date with technology/training and when necessary disseminate this information onto colleagues.
  10. Any other duties as seen necessary for the post.

Responsible for:     Personal health and safety

Responsible to:      Boat building supervisors

Salary: Salary will be dependent on candidates skill and experience.

Working hours: 40 hours per week, hours and days to be negotiated

Base Location: The Boat House, Tomlinson Business Park, Woodyard Lane, Foston Derbyshire, DE65 5BU

If you think you can contribute your skills and friendly approach as part of our professional team please upload your CV below or get in touch. For a chat about this opportunity please Tel 01283 585718.

Do you love working with narrowboats? Like to feel proud of your work you’ve achieved, like to keep improving what you’re doing? If the answer is yes, then working at Aqua Narrowboats might be the job for you. 

Main Purpose of Job:         

To provide practical and verbal instruction on the safe operation of both hire boats and canal locks to ensure both novices and experienced customers alike have a safe and relaxing holiday. To communicate both courteously and patiently with customers to establish the individual’s training needs and requirements. To answer any questions or concerns that a customer may have.

Main duties and tasks:

  1. To thoroughly clean the outside of the craft and refill water.
  2. To offer a friendly welcome to customers boarding the craft.
  3. To carry out a thorough walkthrough of the craft ensuring that the customer is familiar with the workings of the boat and any daily checks that they are required to carry out.
  4. To work independently and as part of a team to meet timescales for the handover.
  5. To provide tuition and guidance to customers on the handling and safe navigation of the boat, including a demonstration of locks to novices.
  6. To provide guidance on the safe mooring of the craft.
  7. To adhere to health and safety procedures and risk assessments when working independently and as part of a team to ensure that all company procedures are adhered to.
  8. To ensure that a customer is confident in handling the boat and the operation of locks before the end of handover. This may involve spending extra time on board.
  9. Once underway to spend at least 20 minutes with experienced customers to ensure that they are completely happy with the craft.
  10. To deal with any complaints or queries from colleagues, customers or members of the public in a calm and considered approach.
  11. Any other duties as seen necessary for the post.

Where you will work

You will be working with a small team of handover staff and engineers, based at Barton Turns Marina, Barton-under-Needwood, DE13 8DZ.

Salary:  Minimum wage

Working hours: Saturdays 8.30am – 4.30pm approx. with occasional Tuesday work available.

If you think you can contribute your skills and friendly approach as part of our professional team please upload your CV below or get in touch. For a chat about this opportunity please Tel 01283 585718.

We are currently looking for help to join our friendly team turning around our fleet of hire boats at Barton Marina.

Main Purpose of Job:         

To help clean the outside of boats ready for our new guests arrival. You may also be asked to carry out checks inside the boats to ensure everything is working correctly and move boats within the marina. No experience necessary as full training will be provided but you must be able to work at speed to a high standard, as our guests expect no less.

Where you will work

You will be working with a small team of handover staff and engineers, based at Barton Turns Marina, Barton-under-Needwood, DE13 8DZ.

Salary:  Minimum wage

Working hours: Saturdays 8am – 12.30pm April to October inclusive. Must be over 17 years of age.

If you think you can contribute your skills and friendly approach as part of our professional team please get in touch below or contact admin@aquanarrowboats.co.uk for an application form. For a chat about this opportunity please Tel 01283 585718.

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