Working For Us

Working for us

When you come to work at the RNLI, you'll be part of the dedicated team behind our lifesavers.

Where are we?

The RNLI Headquarters is in Poole, Dorset, and looks over picturesque Holes Bay. The majority of our staff are based here over a number of locations, however we also have offices in Dublin, London, Perth, Saltash and Ipswich, as well as our lifeboat stations and lifeguard units throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland.

The Poole site includes the RNLI College, where lifeboat crews and lifeguards come for training, as well as office buildings and the All-weather Lifeboat Centre, our newest facility where our lifeboats are built in-house.

On site facilities include a staff canteen, gym, bar, library, waterfront restaurant, a flexible working area and meeting rooms with Wi-Fi.

What roles are available?

RNLI staff work across the following business areas.

Community Lifesaving: The RNLI’s presence in the UK and Ireland communities – from rescue and prevention, to education and fundraising.

Engineering & Asset Management: Providing and managing all of the lifeboats, equipment and operational real estate we need for our lifesaving service.

Corporate Strategy: Managing strategy, business and financial plans across the RNLI.

Operational Policy: Shaping, monitoring and developing the RNLI’s lifesaving and maritime policy and standards.

International: Raising the issue of global drowning and working with international partners to tackle the problem.

Business Services: Providing support services to the whole organisation

Transformational Support: Ensuring the RNLI is fit for the future.


Staff benefits

An industry-leading pension plan and life cover

  • Flexible working hours
  • 26 days holiday per year
  • Health/Dental cashplan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Training and development opportunities, including online learning and in-house training courses

Parking is available at our Headquarters and staff are able to apply for individual and car-share parking permits. On-site parking is not guaranteed and where available is charged at £1.50 per day. Anyone can gain a car-share parking permit for onsite parking.

Individual parking permits are prioritised using criteria of distance from site and caring responsibilities. A lottery system is then applied to allocate parking permits as they become available.

Our Values

Our work is based on and driven by our values. Our volunteers and staff strive for excellence and are ...

Selfless: willing to put the requirements of others before our own and the needs of the team before the individual, able to see the bigger picture and act in the best interests of the RNLI, and to be inclusive and respectful of others. Prepared to share our expertise with organisations that share our aims.

Dependable: always available, committed to doing our part in saving lives with professionalism and expertise, continuously developing and improving. Working in and for the community and delivering on our promises.

Trustworthy: responsible, accountable and efficient in the use of the donations entrusted to us by our supporters, managing our affairs with transparency, integrity and impartiality.

Courageous: prepared to achieve our aims in changing and challenging environments. We are innovative, adaptable and determined in our mission to save more lives at sea.

Inclusion and Diversity

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. Beyond the skills needed for the role, all we look for in an applicant is a shared commitment to living our values and helping us work towards our goal of halving drowning in the UK and Ireland by 2024.


Contact us

If you have any questions regarding one of our vacancies or making an application, please call the Recruitment Team on 01202 336067 or email