sail training yacht in sunshine

Ocean Youth Trust Scotland are looking for a Skipper:

12-month contract with potential for extension after this period.

Rota during sailing season 3 weeks on, 1 off, 1 in office.

35 hours per week during refit period.

Salary: £25k – 29k dependent on experience

Minimum qualifications:

Yachtmaster Offshore (commercially endorsed) and Cruising instructor.

Clear PVG check.

A successful candidate will be required to complete an OYT Scotland Skippers assessment if not already held.


An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the team of Greenock based youth work charity, Ocean Youth Trust Scotland. Ocean Youth Trust Scotland is an award-winning charity, delivering life-changing youth work voyages at sea for young people from all backgrounds aged 12-25 aboard its sail training vessels – Alba Explorer, a 72ft challenge yacht and Alba Venturer, a 70ft Oyster built specifically for sail training.
As a floating outdoor education centre, OYT Scotland prides itself on its record of high quality and life changing youth work delivered through the medium of sailing. Our skippers must maintain the appropriate behaviours, culture and expertise, challenge and fun within these activities ashore and at sea.
The Trust seeks to appoint a Skipper to safely operate and maintain one of the Trust’s vessels to the highest standards. The right candidate must be passionate about the development and progression of young people and the training of volunteers who are the core of delivering the Trust’s activities.
The ideal candidate should have experience working on large sail training yachts and working with young people from diverse backgrounds. Experience of winter refits is preferred. A can do, positive attitude is what we look for at OYT Scotland– we thrive on a happy, successful workplace. You will need to be flexible and a team player, as due to the size of our organisation there are times when it’s all hands-on deck – quite literally! Everyone is expected to do whatever is necessary to ‘get the job done’.
For more information, please see the Skippers Job description and assessment forms on our website Current Vacancies | About Ocean Youth Trust Scotland ( or email [email protected]

Location: Greenock, Inverclyde – Ideal start date: October 2021

Closing date: 15th August 2021 – Interviews: w/c 23rd of August but interview dates may be flexible for right candidate.

To apply, please send a CV and supporting letter to [email protected] No CV will be considered without a covering letter and references.