Working for us

Working for us

Our Lifeboat crews and Lifeguards need a dedicated, professional and talented team behind them so whatever the weather they can operate to the highest standards and save lives at sea.

We have lifeboat stations and lifeguard units based throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland. Our Head office is in Poole, Dorset, overlooking the picturesque Holes Bay. Many of our staff are based in Poole, however we also have regional offices in Dublin, London, Perth, Saltash and Ipswich, as well as the Inshore Lifeboat Centre on the Isle of Wight.

As well as office buildings, our Poole site includes the RNLI College, where lifeboat crews and lifeguards come for training 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, hotel, library, waterfront restaurant, flexible working area and meeting rooms with Wi-Fi.


What roles are available?

RNLI staff work across the following business areas:

Business Services and Support: Provides essential expertise, services and support to meet the business needs of the whole of the RNLI

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

Engineering and Asset Management: Designs, builds and maintains our lifeboats, equipment and buildings so we are available to save lives 24/7.

Evidence, Insights and Technology: Sets evidence-led priorities for the RNLI and delivers technology solutions to drive and enable drowning prevention, lifesaving and support services.

Finance: Provides financial expertise, services and support across the organisation

International: Drowning claims an estimated 360,000 lives around the world each year, over one-third of which are children. This is a conservative estimate – the actual number is likely to be much higher. More than 90% of these drownings happen in low- and middle-income countries.

The RNLI is working with global leaders, public health organisations and at-risk communities to help turn the tide. We want to make drowning prevention a priority worldwide and reduce this staggering loss of life.

Operational Policy: Shapes the RNLI’s lifesaving and maritime policy, and also monitors operational performance.

People: We put people at the heart of what we do, using their strength, capability and ideas to support our lifesaving activities. Our job is to make sure the RNLI has the right people, with the right skills, in the right place, at the right time.

Strategy and Performance: Managing strategy and performance throughout the organisation.

Supply Chain: Supply Chain deliver and support all the goods and services the RNLI needs to keep running – from uniforms and kit and equipment to build our boats, to services such as marketing and financial services and everything in between.


What staff benefits do we offer?

  • 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.


What are our values?

When working or volunteering for the RNLI, there’s a set of values that we can all strive to follow. These values drive what we do day to day, helping us in our mission to save lives at sea.

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

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

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

We’re responsible for our own safety and dedicated to the safety of others.

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

See more about our philosophy here


What is our approach to 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 and experience 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.

More information can be found on our Diversity and inclusion page


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