Ocean Youth Trust Scotland is a leading voluntary organisation and youth work charity. For more than 20 years, we have been providing life-changing youth work experiences to young people aged 12-25 through youth work on the waves.

Whether you’re part of our office team or at sea with young people, your input could make a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged young people from across Scotland.

Currently, we have vacancies on our Fundraising team and Board of Trustees.


Vacancy: Fundraising Officer/Assistant

Location: Greenock (but some possible home-working) 

Hours: Full Time – 35 hours per week 

Starting Salary: £21,840-£27,082 Depending on role 

CLOSING DATE: 1700 Friday 14 June 2024 (Interviews: Monday 24th – Friday 27th June 2024) 


Are you passionate about making a difference to young people’s lives? Ocean Youth Trust Scotland is an award-winning voluntary organisation and youth work charity, delivering life-changing youth work voyages to young people aged 12-25 aboard our fleet of sail training vessels.

With the enduring impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and Cost of Living Crisis, our work is more important than ever. We are looking for a dynamic, motivated and enthusiastic Fundraising Assistant/Officer to join our Fundraising team and support the delivery of our youth work on the waves.



For the role of Fundraising Officer, we are looking for an individual with experience securing funds through trusts and foundations such as The Robertson Trust, the Big Lottery Fund and other organisations. If you don’t have this experience but are keen to learn, then the Fundraising Assistant role is optional.

The ideal candidate will be a positive and creative individual with the ability to confidently embrace a diverse workload.

The successful candidate will be responsible for progressing a wide range of small, medium, and large grant requests to various funders. We are looking for an organised, detail-oriented storyteller with demonstrable experience in developing high quality applications, reports, budgets and supporting documents for a wide range of audiences including existing and new grant funders.

This role would be ideal for someone who is highly organised, calm under pressure and a great communicator who has the confidence to reach out to familiar and new audiences.

A can do, positive attitude is what we look for – we thrive on a happy, successful workplace. You will need to be flexible and a team player, as due to the size of our organisation there are times when it’s all hands on deck!

This role would best suit an aspiring or experienced fundraiser looking for an exciting and varied role including managing a portfolio of funders, assisting with social media and general fundraising administration, as required.

Person Specification

Please email your CV and cover letter to no later than Friday 14th June 2024.


Vacancy: Trustees

Salary: N/A*

*This is a voluntary role and therefore there is no salary, however, volunteer expenses can be claimed.

Closing Date: 29th March 2024

OYT Scotland is an award-winning voluntary organisation and youth work charity. Our sailing voyages provide a uniquely powerful and effective environment for the personal development of young people from all backgrounds. Since 1999, we have supported more than 15,000 disadvantaged young people aged 12-25 through the unique experience of youth work on the waves.

As we approach our 25th anniversary, we are looking to recruit up to four new Trustees who will bring fresh ideas, enthusiasm and a willingness to help change the lives of young people from across Scotland.

To keep us sailing in the right direction, we are looking for applicants with experience in the following fields:

  • Law
  • Fundraising
  • Corporate PR/Marketing
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

However, we recognise the value of different backgrounds and experiences, and applicants with other skill sets are welcome to apply.

We are continually working to improve the diversity of our Board. We welcome all applications but are particularly interested in applicants from communities with protected characteristics, e.g. age, disability, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and personal status.

Applicants do not need to show previous experience in a Trustee position. Instead, we are interested to see the unique skills and experience that you can bring to the Board, and how you can support youth work on the waves.

There is more information about the vacancies, and how to make an application, in our Board Member Information Pack.

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