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Mate and Fleet Bosun

Jon Leeding

We’re looking for a full-time Mate and Fleet Bosun who is passionate about youth development and outdoor learning in a marine environment.

This role will rotate between being a Mate one of our Vessels and playing a key part in the maintenance of our Vessels. The split in time between these responsibilities will be approximately 50/50 but might vary throughout the year.

Our Portsmouth Hub will be the primary location for this work, together with voyaging from our regional hubs as they develop. Working from other locations (especially when on voyage) is part of the nature of this job.

Download the job specification above to find out more and check you meet the criteria.

A bit about us

We’re the UK’s oldest and largest youth development sail training charity. We envision a world where all young people strive to create better outcomes for themselves and for their communities. To do this, we offer life-changing voyages to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds onboard our ocean-going yachts. Our voyages enable young people to develop the life skills, social skills, confidence and self-esteem needed to raise their aspirations and make positive life choices.


If the role sounds like a good fit, please apply by sending your CV to with a suitable covering letter and copies of relevant certification.

Applications received by Wednesday 30 November 2022, will be reviewed early in December and successful applicants will be interviewed as soon as possible thereafter.

An assessment at sea over several days may be required as part of this process.

Preferred start date is Wednesday 1 February 2023, but each case will be considered individually.

Applications received after Wednesday 30 November 2022 may be considered if the vacancy has not been filled when the application is received.

We operate with several freelance Skippers and Mates – suitable applicants that are not offered the role may be offered this as an option.

We are also currently recruiting for a permanent Skipper, and we are looking to increase the number of permanent Skippers and Mates in the future.

Volunteer for us

Volunteering on one of our vessels is a truly rewarding experience and allows you to pass on your knowledge and skills to others.​