We’re recruiting! Skipper/First Mate or First Mate

Ocean Youth Trust Scotland are looking for a permanent Skipper/ First Mate to help to deliver adventurous youth work voyages for the young people who sail onboard. Although ideally, we would wish to hire someone who can cover both roles, we will consider taking on a First Mate only.

Position: Skipper/First Mate or First Mate for immediate start.

Salary: £25,792pa – £27,352pa, depending on experience. Will be paid £29,915pa equivalent during weeks as Skipper.

Rota: Typically, 3 weeks on and one week’s relief in rotation.

Main place of work: Greenock, Fairlie Quay, place may vary due to programme requirements.  

Minimum qualifications: Yachtmaster Offshore (commercial endorsed) and Clear PVG Check. A successful candidate will be required to complete the relevant OYT Scotland assessment if not already held, (depending on experience).

Accommodation: Provided during the winter refit period (usually November – March)

Skipper/First Mate:

As well as fulfilling the role of a First Mate (below) a First Mate / Skipper would be required to take command and safely operate the Trust’s vessels to the highest standards of sailing expertise for 1 – 2 weeks during their rotation. For those weeks they will be paid in line with the skippers’ salary.

Candidates should have experience working on large sail training yachts with young people from diverse backgrounds and all necessary skills and qualifications for the role. 

The successful candidate must be passionate about the training and development of both young people and volunteers who are the core of the Trust’s activities. You will be expected to maintain the appropriate and professional behaviours, culture and expertise, while ensuring to deliver challenges and fun within youth work activities both ashore and at sea.

As well as proactively completing regular maintenance to the vessels you will also be required to take part in the annual maintenance of the vessels in their refit period. 

First mate:

The ideal candidate will have a background in sailing larger vessels and experience working with young people would be advantageous.  

The successful candidate will form part of a key team that ensures our voyages continue to deliver a challenging yet safe, fun and supportive environment tailored to young people’s needs. At OYT Scotland, we believe young people should be empowered to make decisions and to take responsibility, while being encouraged to participate fully by the staff team on board.

As part of the first mate’s role you will be expected to help maintain OYT Scotland vessels to a safe and seaworthy condition at all times and, under the Skippers’ guidance, ensure routine maintenance and checks are carried out as per the on-board maintenance schedules and they would also be required to support the skipper with completing the annual refit onboard one or both vessels.

Ocean Youth Trust Scotland is an award-winning charity, delivering life-changing youth work voyages at sea for young people from all backgrounds aged 12-25 aboard its sail training vessels – Alba Explorer, a 72ft challenge yacht and Alba Venturer, a 70ft Oyster built specifically for sail training. As part of this role you will be expected to sail on both vessels.

As a floating outdoor education centre, OYT Scotland prides itself on its record of high quality and life changing youth work delivered through the medium of sailing.

A can do, positive attitude is what we look for. A positive attitude lifts all the people around you and we thrive on a happy, successful workplace. The successful candidate will be a team player, as due to OYT Scotland being a small organisation, there are times when it’s all hands-on deck, and everyone is expected to do whatever is necessary to ‘get the job done’.

For more information, please see the Job description, person specification and assessment forms here Current Vacancies | About Ocean Youth Trust Scotland ( or email

Closing date: 30th March 2022. Interviews TBC.

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Ocean Youth Trust Scotland
Victoria House, 5 East Blackhall Street, Greenock, PA15 1HD
Tel: +44 (0) 1475 722 722

Registered Charity, No. SC029531