Deckhand Launch Crew - Sella Ness

Shetland Islands Council

  • Location: Graven
  • £23,934.80 to £24,919.50 per annum, G
  • Hours: Full Time
  • Contact: Please see description
  • Reference: SIC03622

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The Deckhand performs the day-to-day seafaring duties. The Deckhand also plays a vital part in the safe transfer of personnel at sea and needs to be alert and able to react quickly should an accident occur.

The Deckhand is under the command of the Skipper.

More details is provided in the Job Profile, Person Specification and Conditions of Service Summary attached below.

For further details relating to this post, please contact Kevin Main, Team Leader Port & Marine Operations on 01595 744297 or e-mail

Please follow the link below for further information.

Additonal Information Temporary post for a period of approximately 6 months. Salary shown is inclusive of Distant Islands Allowance (£2,157 per annum). A relocation package does not apply to this post. We will pay interview expenses from within Shetland. The successful applicant will be subject to satisfactory Pre-Employment Medical screening. As this is a safety critical post, this will include drug and alcohol screening.



The main duties of the Deckhand include: 

Assist the Pilot in boarding and landing to/from vessels, piers and jetties Assist vessel’s crewmembers/passengers in embarking and disembarking vessels, piers and jetties Assist and direct non SIC personnel to ensure compliance with safety procedures whilst in SIC facilities by delivering a safety briefing indicating location and use of lifesaving equipment such as lifejackets and life-rafts. In addition, to advise of procedures to be followed in case of fire, collision or grounding as displayed on international safety instruction posters etc. Assist in the stowage, delivery, handling and receiving of materials in transit to/from the vessel, such as perishable stores, general stores and other equipment The Individual

The individual must

Be competent in written and Oral English language Hold a First Aid Certificate (Elementary First Aid at Sea/First Aid at Sea/RYA First Aid Certificate/Seafish Basic First Aid Certificate) Hold a valid ENG1 certificate Have small boat handling within the last 5 years A Fire Fighting Certificate would be desirable

Applications must be made online at

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