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  • Post Date:20th May 2020
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  • Rank Safety & Security
    Salary From £30,978 (dependent on experience)
Job Description

Mechanic/Coxswain – Isle of Islay

From £30,978 (dependent on experience)

Islay Lifeboat Station, Scotland

Ref: 11074


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. We’re looking for a Mechanic/Coxswain to join our lifeboat crew in Islay, to work as the lead mechanic and deputy coxswain for the station. Islay lifeboat station 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

  • Flexible working
  • 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 Islay lifeboat station, you’ll work alongside a Coxswain/Mechanic and Lifeboat Operations Manager to ensure the crew, station and our Severn class lifeboat, the RNLI’s Helmut Schroder of Dunlossit 2, are maintained and always ready to provide an effective lifesaving service. Within this remit, you’ll focus on the following areas:

  • Compliance with international, national and local maritime standards and RNLI policies and procedures relevant to the role of Coxswain and Mechanic
  • Acting as an ambassador for Quality, Safety, Health and Environment policies and procedures, embedding all aspects within area of responsibilities
  • Maintaining your own competency (RNLI COBT for ALB Coxswain and Command of the lifeboat operational pass out / RNLI COBT for ALB mechanic and Command of machinery operational pass out)
  • Meeting the RNLI’s fitness and medical standards for this role
  • Supporting the Lifeboat Operations Manager with operational readiness and with the responsibility for the management and welfare of the lifeboat station volunteers as agreed locally
  • Supporting, mentoring, coaching and motivating in order to create and maintain a safe and inclusive environment
  • Ensuring the lifesaving assets are maintained, in line with relevant policies and procedures to ensure sustainable availability, and that their status is known at all times
  • Ensuring that planned maintenance is conducted within RNLI requirements and is updated through the organisations operational systems
  • Oversight and maintenance of an effective lifesaving service in line with the requirements of RNLI assurance and input as a subject matter expert into the Community Lifesaving Plan, liaising with other RNLI volunteers and the wider to 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; able to provide availability to keep the lifesaving service operational, happy being based in a small rural community, passionate about lifesaving and working within the community, with the desire to implement and maintain the high standards expected of RNLI teams.

To be considered as the Coxswain/Mechanic, you will need to have:

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

As a Coxswain/Mechanic, you must be prepared to drop everything to respond to emergency situations but keep a cool head and make tough decisions whilst doing so. You should also be willing to learn new skills and undertake training in order to provide mechanical cover as required. Other organisations may call this role Boat Commander.

If you want to contribute as a Mechanic Coxswain to support our organisation’s aim of reducing drowning, this could be the role for you.

For more information and to apply online, please click apply to be taken to the RNLI recruitment page.

Closing date: 31 May 2020.

Interview date w/c 8th June 2020 (initial interview by video link. 2nd interview at Islay Lifeboat Station).