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Assistant Harbour Master - Kings Lynn

The National Trust
Kings Lynn, Norfolk
10.78 per hour
Closing date
12 Apr 2023

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Assistant Harbour Master - Kings Lynn


Here at Brancaster Staithe we're fortunate to manage the beautiful harbour and the surrounding marshes, which leads to Scolt Head Island and the Wash. It's a beautiful area that has something to offer boaters, walkers, wildlife enthusiasts or just those in search of peace and tranquillity.

In addition to those who arrive by car, bike or on foot, we also welcome visitors who visit by boat to enjoy these beautiful surroundings.

We're now looking to increase our team with an Assistant Harbour Master. You'll help us to manage the visitor experience in the harbour as well as making a valuable contribution to our conservation work.

What it's like to work here

You’ll become part of a friendly and dedicated team and get to meet new people on a regular basis. You'll also enjoy new experiences and learn new skills, whilst gaining personal satisfaction through supporting our cause.

The harbour is very popular and used by many different users, including commercial fishing boats, powerboats, sailing boats, paddleboarders, sightseers and wild swimmers. This makes the area extremely busy during high tides especially spring tides, when it can be under water.

Shifts will include weekend and bank holiday working, will be determined by tides and weather and will be set by the Area Ranger/Harbour Master (ideally with one month notice in advance). We will establish a team who can cover all times and this may require a certain amount of flexibility.

What you'll be doing

You will support the Harbour Master to manage the harbour so that it can be enjoyed safely by all users. This will involve greeting people as they arrive at the harbour, provide information about activities going on in the harbour that day and highlighting other possible hazards (e.g. poor weather). You will encourage harbour users launching their boats for the day to make donations towards the running and upkeep of the harbour and you will promote other near-by National Trust properties. You will help with the upkeep of the Harbour Master’s boat and tender.

Who we're looking for

To deliver this role successfully, you'll need:
  • Qualified in RYA Power Boat Level 2, Comfortable on the water and be willing to learn about boat craft
  • Great at engaging people from all walks of life, with a calm and friendly approach
  • Knowledge of the relevant health and safety procedures and compliance requirements
  • Willingness to learn the layout of the harbour and how it’s use is affected by weather and tides
  • Great team player, able to work alongside more senior colleagues and volunteers
  • A level of fitness that will allow you to embark and disembark our boat if necessary and be afloat for duration of the tide, if needed

The package

The National Trust has the motto ‘For everyone, for ever’ at its heart. We’re working hard to create an inclusive culture, where everyone feels they belong. It’s important that our people reflect and represent the diversity of the communities and audiences we serve. We welcome and value difference, so when we say we’re for everyone, we want everyone to be welcome in our teams too.

  • Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary
  • Free entry to National Trust places for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • Tax free childcare scheme
  • Rental deposit loan scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Perks at work discounts i.e. gym memberships, shopping discount codes, cinema discounts
  • Holiday allowance up to 32 days relating to length of service, plus holiday purchase scheme, subject to meeting minimum criteria.
  • Flexible working whenever possible
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Free parking at most locations
  • Independent financial advice

Click here to find out more about the benefits we offer to support you.


The National Trust is committed to promoting and preserving those places of natural beauty and historic interest for which it has the privilege to be responsible for the benefit of the nation, for everyone for ever.

The Trust is proud of what has been achieved over the last 126 years and is determined to maintain those high standards of conservation, stewardship and curatorial care for which it has been recognised throughout the world.

Its achievements have enabled the general public and the Trust’s members and visitors to enjoy and appreciate the countryside, coastline, gardens, historic buildings and collections, all of which encapsulate so much of the history of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. There is a duty to tell that history in a complete, balanced and accurate way, and without judgement.

The National Trust continues as a guardian of the past, and for the future, to uphold its duty to maintain and enhance what has been entrusted to its care.

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