Second Mate (Female) Vacancy

The Seasonal Second Mate is a key member of the Sail Training team and plays an important role in the delivery of the Sail Training programme at Gordonstoun. Work is usually on board Ocean Spirit of Moray Gordonstoun’s 80 foot Sail Training ketch and employment is on a fixed term contract for the whole of Ocean Spirit’s sailing season. The Sail Training Department has a busy programme that requires staff to work on board Ocean Spirit (normally based at Plockton on the West Coast of Scotland) for up to three weeks at a time. In compensation for this, paid time off the boat (which is in addition to annual leave) is granted at a rate of one week for every three weeks worked on board.

Sail Training Voyages for students in years 8, 10 and 12 are a key part of the unique curriculum at Gordonstoun and these trips make up the majority of the vessel’s work. In addition there may also be voyages for groups from the wider community for both sail training and recreational trips. Ocean Spirit’s programme normally includes a longer summer voyage, which may include participation in international Tall Ships Races or extended expedition voyages to more remote locations.

Second Mate’s role and responsibilities

  • Assisting the Skipper and First Mate with running the vessel, normally taking charge of and leading a watch of five or six trainees under the supervision of a senior staff member.
  • Ensuring that safety procedures set out in the vessel’s Safety Management System are adhered to.
  • Instructing and supervising Trainees in all aspects of the voyage including deck work, watch keeping, seamanship and domestic duties.
  • Acting on their own initiative to build a positive working relationship with Trainees in order to help achieve the objectives of the voyage. Keeping a watch at sea with support from the Skipper or First Mate.
  • Leading deck work tasks including hoisting, lowering and reefing sails.
  • Assisting with the day to day maintenance of the vessel.
  • Supervising shore leave when required.
  • Supervising the crew on transport when travelling between Gordonstoun and the boat.
  • To contribute to the appraisal of Trainees including a formal end of voyage debrief.
  • To assist with victualing and storing of the vessel.
  • Assisting with preparation of the vessel pre-season, and de-storing and laying up at the end
  • Assisting with the delivery of the vessel at the start and end of the sailing season.
  • To act as the Skippers Executive Officer and to deputise for the Skipper in his or her absence
  • To comply with and implement the safety management policies and procedures set out in the Safety Management System

Please also refer to the job description.

The role on the Ocean Spirit of Moray Gordonstoun’s 80 foot Sail Training ketch and employment is on a fixed term contract for the whole of Ocean Spirit’s sailing season (c. April to October). The Sail Training Department has a busy programme which means that the staff are on board Ocean Spirit (normally based at Plockton on the West Coast of Scotland) for up to three weeks at a time. In compensation for this, paid time off the boat (which is in addition to annual leave) is granted at a rate of one week for every three weeks worked on board.

The salary for this post is £15,000.00 p/a paid pro rata for the contract period. An enhanced rate will be paid for any periods that a suitably qualified post holder is asked to sail in the role of Acting First Mate. Additionally as part of the remuneration package, accommodation and meals are provided on campus at no cost during periods of time off between voyages. Please note that there are some conditions to the provision of accommodation which will be explained at interview.

In line with the occupational requirements of the Equality Act 2010, only female applicants aged 21 or over can apply for this role.

Recruitment process

Applicants are invited to complete an operational application form online from the employment section of the Gordonstoun website www.gordonstoun.org.uk . (also available to download below).

The person specification is available here and the job description here.

Application Forms for Operational positions can be downloaded here

Reports to

Sail Training Coordinator

Child Protection

All employees of Gordonstoun are responsible for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young persons and must adhere to and ensure compliance with the School’s Child protection Policies.

PVG

The post-holder will be required to have an up to date satisfactory PVG check

Occupational Health requirement

In line with the occupational requirements of the Equality Act 2010, only female applicants over the age of 21 can apply for this role.