Rigger (Fixed Term Contract)

Work period:  November 2021 to End of March 2022

(NMRN are looking for people who can either work the full period or 2 to 3 months during the period)

Salary:  £11.06 – £13.64* per hour (dependent upon experience – monthly pay)

* Self catering accommodation in Portsmouth or Hartlepool provided during employment period

Hours: 37.5 hours per weekStandard hours Monday to Thursday 8.00am to 4.30pm and 8.00am to 1.30pm on Friday, however these are adjustable to suit work requirements and locations, with consultation.

Location: Based at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, with periods of work in Hartlepool


The National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) is looking to employ 2 Riggers on a fixed term basis, for the period of November 2021 to March 2022, to assist the full-time rigging team in completing a variety of work.  We are looking for suitable applicants who can either work the entire period or for a block of 2 to 3 months.

During this period, we will be fabricating new hammock nets for HMS Victory, working aloft on HMS Warrior to complete a variety of remedial work including replacing some rigging and installing chafe protection and undertaking a project on HMS Trincomalee to replace one of the fighting tops platforms which includes removing spars and fabricating new rigging. This is a great opportunity for someone with minimal traditional rigging experience to work with the NMRN rigging team and develop their rigging skills.  This might suit someone with experience working as a deck hand, bosun or mate on a traditional small craft, or working on a tall ship as bosun’s mate or deck hand.

Key Opportunities

This is an exciting opportunity to be involved with the continued care and maintenance of the historically significant vessels within NMRN’s collection, to be involved with dismantling one of HMS Trincomalee’s masts and fabrication of new rigging and to learn and develop new skills

Working as part of the rigging team you will undertake rigging work both aloft and in the workshop.  This work will involve completing a range of rigging skills including rigging repair and fabrication, painting, and work aloft.


  • Experience working on traditional vessels
  • Experience completing maintenance on traditional vessels
  • Some experience climbing/working aloft
  • Competent in tying basic knots (RYA competent crew knots)
  • Good team member who is self-motivated
  • Understanding of health and safety associated with working on traditional vessels and aloft.
  • Experience engaging with the public

This post requires a standard DBS check as a requirement of working on the naval base.

NMRN provide:

  • The opportunity to be part of a friendly and diverse workplace within a unique heritage environment
  • In house aloft training
  • In house training of rigging skills required to be completed
  • Group pension plan with Royal London (6% employer contributions, 2% employee contributions and death in service benefit)
  • 25 days annual leave per annum (plus bank holidays) pro rata.
  • Flexible working.
  • Free onsite parking.
  • Accommodation during period of this employment, as shorter duration contract.
  • Employee Assistance Programme.
  • Free admission to other museums and attractions within the reciprocal agreement.
  • Discounts at our shops and cafes.
  • Discounted tickets for family and friends.

For further details or an informal discussion regarding the role please contact Andy Hodder Smith, Master Rigger at [email protected] or call 02392 891370, extension: 2024

Applicants are asked to submit a CV and a statement indicating how their knowledge and experience match those specified. Applications should be forwarded to the HR Team at [email protected] and are required by 08:00 on Monday 1 November 2021. 

Online interview of applicants to be held 8 and 9 November, dependent on availability.  We are working towards provisional start date of 22 November for successful candidates, dependent on their availability.