Coxswain/Mechanic (Seahouses) (7282)
There is an opportunity at Seahouses Lifeboat Station for someone whose resilience and leadership skills are just as strong as an ability to handle a boat in adverse sea conditions.
The majority of your time will be divided between ensuring the Mersey Class lifeboat and her equipment work to the highest order and training and assessing volunteer crewmembers to the RNLI’s competence standards. Inspiring their motivation and progress, you’ll take them on seagoing exercises, identifying ways they can improve and imparting your valuable knowledge - so that when an emergency shout does occur, you, your crew and your lifeboat will be absolutely prepared. And because there’s always a high degree of interest from the public, you’ll have frequent opportunities to meet them and talk about your station’s work.
You’ll need to demonstrate leadership qualities and the ability to motivate and maximise people’s potential. You must also be familiar with the correct operation, maintenance and repair of associated machinery and equipment. You’ll already ideally be adept at handling a Mersey all weather lifeboats and have a detailed knowledge of navigation principles, ‘IRPCS’ and a detailed local knowledge of the area.
Relevant maritime qualifications would be an added bonus to complement your verifiable marine experience and ideally, you will either have experience in routine maintenance, mechanical repair, identifying defects, logging and reporting them on a database, or you will be willing to learn.
You will be required to live in close proximity to the lifeboat station. You will be on call, when not on leave, to enable a rapid response when a shout occurs.
You will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills to build effective relationships with volunteers at the lifeboat station, the local community, regional technical support and national fundraising office.
Previous applicants need not apply.
As this is a sea-going appointment, you will need to satisfy the institution's medical and eyesight standards.
Our staff and volunteers have been saving lives at sea without prejudice for nearly 200 years. We respect and value diversity of background, skills and perspectives within our teams, and consider it essential to help us deliver a world-class lifesaving service. We are an inclusive organisation and welcome applications from everyone. In addition to having the skills needed for the role, we also look for applicants who share our commitment to living our RNLI values (trustworthy, courageous, selfless, and dependable), and helping us work towards our goals of halving drowning in the UK and Ireland by 2024. This involves a growing commitment to preventative action, using our expertise to work in partnership with communities locally, nationally and internationally to prevent drowning.