Boat Manager

The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust is looking for a Boat Manager to join our friendly team in Tobermory on the Isle of Mull.

About the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT): We work to ensure whales, dolphins and porpoises are protected and valued throughout the Hebrides. Each year our specialist research vessel Silurian travels thousands of nautical miles, training paying volunteers and monitoring Hebridean seas, to increase our understanding of Scotland’s cetaceans and the threats they face.

HWDT operates a busy programme of research and education trips around the Hebrides between April and October. The trips range from three day youth trips to 12-day scientific surveys. On each trip a team of six paying volunteers join HWDT onboard our research yacht, Silurian, to survey for whales and dolphins. Participants become part of the crew getting involved in all aspects of operating the vessel from cooking and cleaning to assisting with the sailing.

About the role: You will work closely with our Science and Community Engagement Teams to support our boat based programmes. You will manage the operations and maintenance for Silurian, the Trust’s 60ft research and education yacht and skipper the majority of survey trips.

Initially fixed term contract for 12 months, starting in early March 2017, with a possibility of extension. The post will require flexible working with out of hours and unsociable hours expected, for which time off in lieu will be granted. There will be no payment of overtime.

Salary: £20,000 per annum

Main responsibilities:

1. Organise and manage the operation of HWDT’s research vessel Silurian, ensuring the vessel is adequately crewed, provisioned and maintained to meet the specific requirements of every trip, and to comply with all relevant statutory, and health and safety requirements.

2. Skipper Silurian for the majority of survey trips (2 out of 3).

3. Ensure that all communication, reporting and financial accounting requirements are fulfilled.

A RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Sail Offshore or Ocean Commercially Endorsed ticket, medical certificate (i.e. ML5 or ENG1), a RYA or MCA approved First Aid certificate and a full PVG check will be required to take up this position.

Application procedure: To request a full job description, person specification and supporting boat information, contact Alison Lomax on 01688 302620 or email

Closing Date: Friday 28th October 2016, interviews to be held w/c 7 November 2016.

Candidate is required to start late February/early March 2017.

If you wish to have an informal discussion about this post, please contact Alison Lomax on 01688 302620. Further information about Silurian and the work of the Trust can be found at