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RNLI Coxswain/Mechanic -St Helier Lifeboat station
RNLI Coxswain/Mechanic -St Helier Lifeboat station (Previously – Mechanic role)
The RNLI is committed to delivering a lifesaving service across Jersey and is now advertising this vacancy at St Helier lifeboat station. This is an important step in the establishment of the RNLI lifeboat structure and is an exciting opportunity for someone whose resilience and leadership skills are just as strong as their ability to handle a boat in adverse sea conditions.
The majority of your time will be divided between ensuring the Tamar and B Class lifeboats at St Helier and St Catherine’s stations and their equipment work to the highest order, and training and assessing volunteer crew members to the RNLI’s competence standards. You will take the crew on seagoing exercises, identifying ways they can improve and imparting your valuable knowledge, so that when an emergency shout does occur, you, your crew and your lifeboat will be fully prepared. And because there’s always a high degree of interest from the public, you’ll have frequent opportunities to meet them and talk about the work of both your stations work.
You’ll need to demonstrate leadership qualities and the ability to motivate and maximise people’s potential. You must also be familiar with the correct operation, maintenance and repair of associated machinery and equipment. Ideally you’ll already be adept at handling an all-weather and inshore lifeboats and have a detailed knowledge of navigation principles, ‘IRPCS’ and a detailed local knowledge of the local area.
Relevant maritime qualifications additional to those detailed in the job profile would be an added bonus. To complement your verifiable marine experience you will either have experience in routine maintenance, mechanical repair, identifying defects, logging and reporting on a database, or have the willingness to learn.
You will be required to live in close proximity to the St Helier RNLI lifeboat station. You will be on call, when not on leave, to enable an effective response when a shout occurs.
You will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills to build effective relationships with volunteers at the lifeboat station, as well as the area lifesaving manager, the local community, regional technical support and the national fundraising office.
This role has been advertised nationally on the RNLI intranet, however, 5 years' residency is required for this role and therefore priority will be given to candidates who are entitled or entitled for work in Jersey due to local recruitment requirements.
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 goals of halving drowning in the UK and Ireland by 2024. This involves a growing commitment to preventative action, using our expertise to work in partnership with communities locally, nationally and internationally to prevent drowning.