Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)

Charity registered in Scotland SC037736

We are the RNLI: the charity that saves lives at sea. Since 1824, our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved more than 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of our organisation - ordinary people doing extraordinary things - supported by expert staff, all working together to help communities at home and abroad save lives.


Current opportunities

The RNLI has a wide network of local fundraising teams/groups organising a broad range of events and activities each year raising vital life-saving funds. The teams/groups are supported by a Community Manager. The range and frequency of the events is determined by the team members themselves and the amount of time volunteered is up to the individual. We are keen to welcome new people with new ideas and new skills into our local team so that we can develop our programme of fundraising activities and events in new, creative and innovative ways and contribute to saving more lives at sea. The impact you will make You will enable volunteer RNLI lifeboat crews to save lives at sea by carrying out and supporting vital fundraising activity in your local community. What you will be doing • Participating in the planning and delivery of a range of fundraising activities in the local community • Encouraging and welcoming a diverse group of new supporters to assist with fundraising activities and helping to drive our One Crew ethos • Championing the RNLI and building its reputation in the area Find out more about becoming a fundraising and events volunteer What you need for this role • Enthusiasm • Good interpersonal and communication skills • Open to change and willing to contribute and try out new ideas • A flexible approach to taking on different tasks What’s in it for you • Join an inclusive and diverse organisation • Have fun, meet new people and join a motivated and enthusiastic team who are making a difference • Learn skills and gain experience to enhance your CV • Gain the satisfaction of giving back • Training to fulfil your volunteer role will be provided and reasonable out of pocket expenses reimbursed

The RNLI’s Lifeboat Station in Loch Ness is looking for a volunteer to join the existing team in the role of Deputy Launching Authority. Home to Sheila & Dennis Tongue, An Atlantic 85 lifeboat which is one of the fastest in the RNLI fleet. This class of lifeboat is ideally suited to the conditions found on Loch Ness due to its versatility and manoeuvrability. The impact you will make This role will help us save lives at sea by carrying out the day to day management of the lifeboat station to ensure a permanent state of readiness for service. What you will be doing Authorise launch of the lifeboats Provide leadership in the absence of the Lifeboat Operations Manager or as delegated Ensure that all operational activities are carried out to maintain the lifeboats and all associated equipment in a constant state of readiness for launching on service. What you need for this role Team player Good communicator Leadership skills IT literate (desirable) Live or work within 10 minute drive of the station and be between 17 and 70 years of age Personal circumstances or a compassionate employer that would allow you to respond to service calls What’s in it for you Join an inclusive and diverse organisation Have fun, meet new people and join a motivated and enthusiastic team who are making a difference Learn skills and gain experience to enhance your CV Gain the satisfaction of giving back Training to fulfil your volunteer role will be provided and reasonable out of pocket expenses reimbursed Applicants will undergo a selection process with successful applicants being subject to a one year probation period in order to assess an individuals ability become a competent member of the management team and display the necessary behaviours and commitment associated with working as part of a team. Please apply online or for further information contact the RNLI’s Volunteering Team on 01202 663346 or by email on volunteering@rnli.org.uk

Kessock Lifeboat Station provides essential lifesaving work to prevent the loss of life in the Beauly and Moray Firth Areas. The station has an excellent opportunity for members of the local community to become part of the team, apply your skills and knowledge in a charity setting and gain the satisfaction of playing your part in the community in which we serve. The impact you will make This role as Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM) will help us save lives at sea by carrying out the day to day management of the lifeboat station to ensure a permanent state of readiness for service. What you will be doing Authorise launch of the lifeboats Provide leadership of the operations team Ensure that all operational activities are carried out to maintain the lifeboats and all associated equipment in a constant state of readiness for launching on service What you need for this role Team player Good communicator Leadership skills Local maritime knowledge Have capacity and availability commit to training Personal circumstances or a compassionate employer that would allow you to respond to service calls Live or work within 10 minutes drive of the station and be between 17 and 70 years of age Previous management experience is essential IT literate (desirable) Knowledge of the RNLI (desirable) What’s in it for you Join an inclusive and diverse organisation Have fun, meet new people and join a motivated and enthusiastic team who are making a difference Learn skills and gain experience to enhance your CV Gain the satisfaction of giving back Training to fulfil your volunteer role will be provided and reasonable out of pocket expenses reimbursed Applicants will be subject to a selection process with successful applicants being subject to a one year probation period in order to assess an individuals ability become a competent member of the management team and display the necessary behaviors and commitment associated with working as part of a team. Please apply online or for further information contact the RNLI’s Volunteering Team on 01202 663346 or by email on volunteering@rnli.org.uk.

The RNLI shops started life as simple cake stalls, run by volunteers and their supporters to raise money for the local Lifeboats and stations. These stalls started selling commemorative RNLI products in around 1920 and quickly moved on to selling souvenirs and Christmas cards. The first shop to be run as part of an actual station opened in 1990. Today we operate 160 RNLI shops and this number is growing, based inland and on the coast across the UK and Ireland, attracting almost 1 million visitors every year selling an excellent range of unique and competitively priced products ranging from jam to clothing, and key rings to model boats, all to raise vital funds for our volunteer crew members and lifeguards. For many people, buying something from an RNLI shop will be the first time that they come into contact with our Charity, and as a shop volunteer you could be the person that engages them to support us now, and in the future. The impact you will make You will help save lives at sea by generating vital funds as well as promoting the work of the RNLI to customers and raising awareness of key safety messages. What you will be doing Interacting with customers, providing a high level of customer service and ensuring that the shop is a friendly and welcoming place Operating the till (including end of day cashing up) and credit card machine Alerting the Volunteer Shop Manager/Co-ordinator to any issues Championing the RNLI, it's One Crew ethos and building its reputation in the local area What you need for this role Enthusiasm Good communication skills and personable manner Ability to contribute as part of a team Confident handling money Comfortable working in a customer service environment What’s in it for you Join an inclusive and diverse organisation Have fun, meet new people and join a motivated and enthusiastic team who are making a difference Learn skills and gain experience to enhance your CV Gain the satisfaction of giving back Training to fulfil your volunteer role will be provided and reasonable out of pocket expenses reimbursed