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?

We are based throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland.

We have our Support Centre in Poole, Dorset and Regional Bases in: Saltash, Ipswich, St. Asaph, Perth and Dublin, as well as our lifeboat stations and lifeguard units throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland.

On our Poole site we have the RNLI College, where our lifeboat crews and lifeguards come for training, our All-weather Lifeboat Centre, where all of our lifeboats are built in-house and offices for our staff.

We also have facilities on site including staff canteen, gym, bar, waterfront restaurant, library, flexible working area and meeting rooms with Wi-Fi. 

What roles are available?

RNLI staff work across the following business areas.

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

Fundraising, Marketing & Media: ​​​​​​Brings together and aligns the RNLI’s fundraising, marketing and media capabilities. Together, their ambition is to increase income through fundraising and secure a sustainable future for the RNLI

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

Finance, Legal & Planning: Managing strategy, business and financial plans across the RNLI.

Insights, Technology & Strategy: Works across the RNLI to set evidence-led priorities and deliver technology solutions that enable drowning prevention, lifesaving and support services.

People: ​​​​​​​​​​​​Ensures that the RNLI’s people have the skills, confidence and opportunities to increase the difference they make to saving lives.

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

Staff benefits

  • Flexible working hours, helping to offer a healthy work life balance
  • An industry-leading pension plan and life cover
  • 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 Poole Site 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.

Our Values

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

Trustworthy: To hold the trust of the public, our volunteers, supporters, partners and staff

Courageous: To have the courage to take on the most demanding challenges

Selfless: To put the needs of others first

Dependable: To be reliable, consistent and authentic

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion 

Focusing on equality, diversity and inclusion is not just the right thing to do, it is essential to the sustainability of the RNLI and our ability to deliver our organisational goal.

We know that it takes a wide range of diverse minds, cultures and experiences to effectively connect with different audiences and communities, and that is why we want to attract talent from diverse backgrounds, to make sure we have the right people to keep the RNLI relevant, both now and in the future.

Creating an environment where people feel comfortable and valued, makes them want to volunteer or come to work and give their best because people perform better when they can be themselves. So, we want people to feel proud of their uniqueness and comfortable to celebrate their differences and express themselves.

Crucially, we do not tolerate disrespectful behaviour towards each other, supporters or members of the public.

We’re one crew, ready to save lives, powered by passion, talent and kindness.

More information is available about our approach to equality, inclusion and diversity.