Mechanic Coxswain - Eastbourne

Mechanic Coxswain - Eastbourne

Grade E / 33,582 - 39,508 (dependent on experience)
Contract type
Full Time
Eastbourne, East Sussex, England
Location description
Eastbourne Lifeboat Station
Interview location
Eastbourne Lifeboat Station
Interview date
W/c 6th 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 faced the extraordinary to save those who are in danger of drowning.

The RNLI is looking for a full-time Mechanic Coxswain to join our lifeboat crew in Eastbourne, to work as the lead mechanic and deputy coxswain for the station.

The Lifeboat Station at Eastbourne supports the RNLI by saving lives at sea, providing support to the community and working with our colleagues in other emergency services and community organisations.

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 cashplan

Your Role

As a Mechanic Coxswain at Eastbourne lifeboat station, you’ll work alongside the Lifeboat Operations Manager to ensure the crew, station, and its Trent class lifeboat (ALB) and D Class Lifeboat (ILB) are always ready and maintained to provide an effective lifesaving service. The focus of your role will be to:

  • Ensure planned and reactive maintenance is completed and recorded appropriately.
  • Uphold RNLI policies and procedures; operating within international, national and local maritime standards.
  • Act as an ambassador for Safety, Health and Environment policies and procedures within your area.
  • Maintain your competency and meet the RNLI’s fitness and medical standards for the all-weather lifeboat mechanic role
  • Coach and motivate station volunteers; to ensure their operational readiness and welfare and maintain a safe and inclusive environment.
  • Provide input into the Community Lifesaving Plan, to help ensure an effective lifesaving service; liaising with RNLI volunteers and the wider community to achieve this.

 About You

You’ll be someone who understands that this is more than a job and is able to commit to the demands of the role; available to keep the lifesaving service operational, passionate about lifesaving, happy being based and working in a coastal community and maintaining our high standards.

To be considered as the Mechanic Coxswain you will need, or have the ability to attain, the following:

  • Experience of maintaining and operating high speed marine diesel engines and their ancillary systems.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and operational leadership skills.
  • A Marine/Mechanical Engineering apprenticeship, or equivalent, to NVQ Level 3
  • Maritime experience with knowledge of SAR operations, the ability to command a team and safely operate/handle vessels up to 20 metres in length and/or RYA Yachtmaster Offshore (Power) qualification or equivalent (Commercially endorsed).

If you are an experienced and qualified Mechanic looking for an exciting and rewarding challenge, or are someone with the experience of handling boats in a variety of conditions who can develop their mechanical skills, we will support you to learn in this role so long as you meet the minimum requirements.


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.