Marine Lead Deck Hand / Boatswain
Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Vessel traffic services
2 months ago
12 April 2023Apply now
Marine Lead Deck Hand / Boatswain
Salary: Level 5, starting salary in the region of £25,000 dependent on experience
Contract Type: Full Time - Open Ended Appointment
Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) is an internationally renowned marine research organisation delivering scientific research in climate change, marine pollution and sustainability.
We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, experienced deck hand / boatswain with a passion for the environment to join our small, friendly team supporting marine research scientists in their work, including data collection. In addition to hands-on marine deck work you will be involved in mechanical and electrical maintenance activities, you will get involved in supporting the development of innovative new marine technologies including autonomous vehicles, computer based marine systems and green energies.
You will need to be physically fit spending up to 3 – 4 days a week at sea on our research vessel, the Plymouth Quest (22m) and will be required to undertake the MCA Approved Engine Certificate 1 (AEC1).
Key Deliverables for the post include:
- Working PML’s vessels as a crew member. Involved in all deck work and maintenance, taking the lead where necessary.
- Helping to maintain the mechanical and electrical capabilities of PML’s research vessels.
- Undertaking sea-going deck work in support of PML’s science activities as required.
- Supporting the Health and Safety policy of the Ships Services group but specifically in aspects related to working on the deck of a vessel at sea.
- Providing marine experience support to PML science staff with particular focus on maintaining science infrastructure capabilities within PML group.
- Provide clear communication about the ships mechanical and electrical capabilities to the Head of the Ships Services group and the Director of Science as appropriate.
Knowledge, skills and experience:
- Relevant, current deck experience either in the workboat or fishing industries would be desirable as working on deck in hazardous conditions is a necessary requirement of the tasks we perform.
- Relevant MCA Approved mea survival, first aid and firefighting are desirable; training will be provided.
- A demonstrable strong interest and aptitude for maintaining and mending marine equipment and infrastructure.
- Sea-going experience working on the deck of a vessel will be an advantage.
- Physically fit, able to spend prolonged periods at sea and there is a requirement for the successful candidate to pass an ENG1 medical.
- A good work ethic with a methodical and proactive approach to problem solving.
- Good communication skills are essential, both verbal and written.
- A good team player.
- A passion for the marine environment and environmental sustainability would be an advantage.
In return, we offer:
- 30 days holiday per year (excluding bank holidays), plus 2.5 privilege days
- Free car parking (although our location is excellent for public transport links)
- Flexible working hours scheme
- Company Pension Scheme with up to 10% employer contributions
- Life assurance
- Confidential financial advice
- Sports & Social club
- Cycle to work scheme
- Merit Promotion / Individual Merit Award schemes
- Incremental pay awards (for scientific staff)
- Bonus scheme
- Welfare services
- 24/7 employee assistance helpline
- Staff development – identified through the Performance and Development Review (PDR) process
- Employee benefits platform – Access to thousands of discounts at a variety of high street/online retailers
Please Submit your CV and covering letter by clicking the Apply button! Please include the job title and reference: HE0001 in your email
Closing date: 17:00 on 8th February 2023.
PML is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, and our policy can be found on our website. We are proud to have achieved the Athena SWAN Award as recognition of our achievements in gender equality. As part of this, whilst the selection process will be based on merit, we particularly welcome applications from currently underrepresented groups.
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Plymouth Marine Laboratory has an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, experienced deck hand / boat