Job vacancy - Freelance Skippers

Each year the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust contracts Freelance Skippers to work on our sailing trips from Cowes and Largs between June and October.

2022 season: Applications are now open. Closing date 31 December 2021.

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Freelance Skippers

Could you do something incredible and use your passion for sailing to inspire young people to believe in a brighter future living though and beyond cancer?

Each year the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust contracts Freelance Skippers to work on our sailing trips from Cowes and Largs between June and October. As a Skipper, you have overall responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of the crew, the safety and security of the vessel and its equipment at all times.

Supported by a Mate and a Crew Leader you will help the young people we work with feel safe on the yachts, learn some sailing skills, socialise with their peers, and most importantly have an unforgettable time. Socialising and playing games throughout the trip are as important as the sailing, and there are usually a few water fights along the way too! Each trip has a flotilla of between three and six boats so you need to be happy working as part of a larger team

“When they are on the water you see the young people start relaxing. Often they don’t have a lot of confidence to start with, but then they start seeing nature do its thing and something changes in them." - Simon, Trust Skipper.

What you need...

To fulfil the role of Skipper on board an Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust trip, you must hold a commercially-endorsed Yachtmaster with a minimum of a Cruising Instructor endorsement, and experience working with young people is highly desirable. The trips are a huge amount of fun with an underpinning focus on safety. An enhanced DBS / PVG check will be required as part of the process.

We value equality, diversity and inclusion and oppose prejudice. We strive to be more representative of all of the young people we support from across the UK and are committed to being an anti-racist organisation.

How to apply

To apply for a Freelance Skipper position with the Trust, please send us your CV and an explanation as to why you would like the Skipper for the Trust with the subject line ‘Skipper Application’ no later than 31 December 2021.

Selection process - we will acknowledge your application when we receive it, but please do not worry if you don't hear from us again until after Christmas. The selection process will start in the spring.

Skippers Conference - all successful applicants will be expected to attend our Skippers Conference (location TBC) next May (date TBC).

If you have any questions about the role, or would like to know more before you apply, please email [email protected]

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