Chief Officer / 1st Lt Sea Cadet Training Ship
Location: Operating from Fort Blockhouse, Gosport, PO12 2AB
Contract: Full employment
Closing Date: 29 October 2023
Are you an experienced Chief Officer / 1st Lt looking for a new opportunity?
The Marine Society & Sea Cadets (MSSC) is a vibrant and growing charity delivering life changing nautical adventure for young people through the Sea Cadets to give them the best possible head start in life. We also provide personal and professional development opportunities for seafarers with the Marine Society. Working with our staff, cadets, and volunteers, we have built a vision and five-year strategy to take us forward and further improve the astounding contribution already made through our work to the lives of thousands of young people and seafarers, while fully supporting our volunteers who are vital to our success.
We are currently looking for a Chief Officers or 1st Lieutenant to join our team.
About the role
The primary purpose of the Chief Officer / 1st Lieutenant on board the Marine Society’s Power Vessels is to act as the Second in Command of the TS Jack Petchey. You will be supporting the Commanding Officer to deliver high quality sail training experiences to cadets aged between 12-18. The vessels travel throughout the UK and near continent between March and November each year. You will be responsible for ensuring the safety, discipline, morale, welfare and day-to-day employment of permanent crew members, embarked personnel and cadets is appropriately managed. You will also act as the vessel’s Training Officer and Safety Officer.
To stand deck watches in a 1-in-2 with the Commanding Officer when at sea (usually only sailing during daylight hours).
Ensure compliance with the MSSC Offshore Safety Management System.
To initiate and deliver the adult and cadet training programmes.
To organise and run the ship’s routine giving due regard to hours of work, rest and mealtimes.
To act as part of the vessel’s emergency response team, managing the delivery of first aid or firefighting.
To be responsible for the routine maintenance and serviceability of the ship’s tender; lifejackets, harnesses and other life-saving appliances in accordance with the MSSC electronic maintenance system.
To liaise with Offshore Operations and the Personnel Officer regarding crew lists, next of kin, medical and dietary details maintaining an accurate soul’s onboard list.
To carry out general ship husbandry tasks and support winter maintenance tasks.
Yachtmaster Offshore (Power) for up to 24m with commercial endorsement qualification
Internationally recognised Certificate of Competency (CoC).
Confidence to take Command of the vessel in the absence of the permanent Commanding Officer.
Ability to gain and maintain an ENG1 Medical Certificate or ML5 Medical Certificate.
RYA Level 2 Powerboat.
MCA OOW Unlimited
Radio Operators Certificate.
MCA approved First Aid Cert.
For further information, please download the Recruitment Pack.
104 days annual leave per annum (split between 84 days during the sailing season and 20 weekdays during the winter maintenance season).
Life assurance (4x salary) for those that join the pension.
Private medical insurance.
Pension (employer contribution up to 10%).
Wellbeing portal and EAP with 121 counselling.
Employee development: We are investing in our employees’ development and have an annual calendar of learning and development opportunities, designed to support employees to develop into their roles and stretch them to achieve their full potential.
National staff conference: All employees come together once a year to reflect on the past year and celebrate success at our offsite staff conference. This is a great opportunity to listen to employees’ views, and for employees to network, share information and socialise.
If you are interested in this Chief Officer / 1st Lieutenant vacancy, please apply now!
MSSC positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates from all backgrounds. Equity, diversity, and inclusion really matters to us, so we can best serve our beneficiaries from every community. We work to ensure a fair and consistent recruitment process and aim to be a charity where diversity of experience, identity and skills are valued and welcomed. MSSC is an equal opportunities employer.
We recognise our responsibilities to safeguard and protect the young people and vulnerable adults with whom we work. We do all we can to promote their health, safety, and wellbeing, and we expect our staff to share this commitment and work in line with safeguarding policy, the MSSC’s values and ethos of inclusivity. We adhere to safer recruitment practices and therefore employment is subject to detailed pre-employment checks for successful candidates, including references and criminal disclosure checks and the completion of a disclosure questionnaire.
All successful applicants are required to attend safeguarding training and undergo a criminal record check.