Lifeboat Mechanic - Dunbar (Temp up to 18 months)

Lifeboat Mechanic - Dunbar (Temp up to 18 months)

33,582 - 39,508(dependent on experience)
Contract type
Temporary: Fixed Term Contract or Secondment
Full Time
Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
Location description
This role is based at Dunbar Lifeboat Station
Interview date
w/c 6 November 2023
Closing Date
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About us

Our purpose is simple, to save lives at sea. Since the 19th century, our crews have been risking their lives to save those who are in danger of drowning. There is an opportunity at our Dunbar Lifeboat Station for a Station Mechanic to join the team, whose resilience, leadership, and management skills are just as strong as their ability to keep Dunbar’s Lifeboat in perfect operational order. 

Some of the benefits

  • £33,582 - £39,508(dependent on experience)  
  • 26 days’ annual leave plus Bank Holidays
  • Outstanding pension scheme (contributions of up to 16% of basic salary)
  • Life assurance
  • Health and dental cash plan

Your Role

As a Station Mechanic, most of your time will be utilised ensuring that both the current lifeboats; our Trent & D Classes and their equipment work to the highest order, ensuring that the Lifeboat Station is well managed, and assist training volunteer crew members - so that when an emergency shout does occur, you, your crew and your lifeboat will be absolutely prepared.

Your role will include:

  • Inspiring and motivating your team; managing their progress by leading them on seagoing exercises, conducting shore-based training, identifying ways they can improve and imparting your valuable knowledge
  • Meeting and talking to the general public about your station’s work
  • Taking a lead on Quality, Safety, Health, and Environment issues, helping to develop a positive culture within the station
  • Spending time in the day to day running of the Lifeboat Station; this may be in the form of answering e-mails, ensuring maintenance records are maintained or updating the station’s monthly assurance report.

About You

You’ll have the ability to build effective relationships with volunteers at the lifeboat station, the supporters locally and RNLI staff beyond, while acting as an ambassador for the station and the RNLI within the community.

To be considered for the role of Mechanic at Dubar Lifeboat Station you will need:

  • To be a passed-out RNLI ALB Mechanic or relevant experience to achieve competence in a timely manner.
  • To demonstrate leadership and management qualities, and the ability to motivate and maximise people’s potential.
  • Experience of fulfilling a Lifeboat Mechanic role or equivalent, with the capacity and willingness to develop skills in other areas of seagoing duties.
  • Knowledge and experience of the operation, maintenance and repair of marine diesels would be desirable, an engineering background and mindset is essential.
  • This is an emergency response role so the successful candidates would need to live within a reasonable distance from the station and be prepared to respond to a pager 24/7 whilst on duty. 

So, if you are ready for your next exciting challenge as our new Station Mechanic at Dunbar, and if you consider yourself to be, someone who is a natural leader, who can inspire and motivate a team of dedicated people then please apply via the button shown.

As this is a sea-going appointment, you will need to satisfy the institution's medical and eyesight standards.


The RNLI is committed to safeguarding; ensuring the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk.  We expect all employees and volunteers to share this commitment and have a zero tolerance approach to proven incidents of bullying, abuse, harassment  or exploitation.  The suitability of all prospective employees and volunteers will be assessed during the recruitment process in line with this commitment. This will include relevant criminal record checks being carried out dependent on the eligibility of the role. (England & Wales; DBS check, Scotland; Disclosure Scotland PVG, Northern Ireland; Access NI, Republic of Ireland; Garda Vetting; International, International Child Protection Certificate process).

Diversity at the RNLI

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 Vision: To save Every One.