First Mate

Sail Training and Seamanship are a part of the Gordonstoun curriculum and play an important role in the School’s aim to “prepare students for a full and active role as international citizens in a changing world”.

For immediate start


Sail Training Voyages take place on “Ocean Spirit of Moray” the School’s 80 foot Oyster Ketch normally based at Plockton on the west coast of Scotland. The vessel is principally used to deliver the School’s sail training programme to students in years 8, 10 and 12 on voyages of two, five or seven nights’ duration. In addition the vessel may sail with groups from the wider community for both sail training and recreational voyages. The programme normally includes an extended summer voyage including regular expedition voyages to Spitzbergen in the High Arctic, and international Tall Ships races. The vessel is refitted by the Sail Training Department staff during the non-sailing season.

Seamanship courses for year 9, 10 and 12 pupils are run at Hopeman on the Moray Firth in two 28’ dipping lug cutters during the autumn and spring terms.

Gordonstoun Sail Training Department are recruiting a Full Time First Mate for an immediate start. This is a great opportunity to become a full time member of the Gordonstoun staff with a salary scale from £18,500 p/a rising to £23,500 p/a depending on qualifications and experience. There is also a benefit package that includes subsidised accommodation, free meals, reduced school fees and a generous holiday allowance.


The First Mate is a full time member of the Sail Training Department and will be a highly motivated and professional individual. The Post holder will already have a proven track record in positions of responsibility on sail training vessels and have at least two seasons sailing in vessels over 20m. LOA as First Mate. Experience of instructing in smaller vessels, safety boat work and refit management and practical skills are also important for this post.


The post holder must have RYA Yachtmaster Offshore with Commercial Endorsement, MCA ENG1 Seafarers Medical Certificate, RYA Powerboat 2 and a valid First Aid certificate. RYA Cruising Instructor, Yachtmaster Ocean and safety boat qualifications are also desirable. Experience sailing Keelboats will be an advantage.


The post currently attracts a salary of £18,500 - £23,500 depending on experience. This is reviewed annually on 1st September.


The post holder is entitled to 6 weeks paid holiday per annum, usually taken during departmental holiday periods.

Compensatory Leave

The post holder is entitled to Compensatory Leave for time at sea on Ocean Spirit of Moray at a ratio of 3 days worked to 1 day Compensatory Leave.


The First Mate’s responsibilities are outlined in the Job Description

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These notes are for general information only and the appointment will be subject to signature of formal conditions of employment.  Candidates wishing to be considered for this post should complete the school’s Operational Staff application form (available in either Word or PDF format) and submit a letter of application outlining why they feel they are suitable candidates for this post and email to

We reserve the right to close this advert as soon as a suitable candidate is found.

Interviews dates to be confirmed.

If you have any further queries, please email or call 01343 837831.

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