Ocean Youth Trust North seeks a Skipper for the 20m ketch, James Cook.

Based at North Shields, James Cook operates in the North Sea and occasionally further afield in the Irish Sea and the Baltic.

The key responsibilities of the post will be to deliver Sail Training/ Youth Development voyages safely and to a consistent standard, and to manage and develop staff and volunteers while they are onboard.

Ocean Youth Trust North has operated for 23 years, providing young people from diverse backgrounds with the opportunity for personal development through ‘Adventure under Sail’.  We are seeking someone who easily identifies with young people and can interact with them positively to inspire, encourage, and motivate.


Yachtmaster Offshore with Commercial Endorsement

RYA Level 2 Powerboat

ENG1 medical certificate

Must have the right to live and work in the UK.

Minimum of 5 years of sailing experience, including at least 2 years in a leadership role such as a Mate or similar position on a sailing vessel.

Desired qualifications/ attributes

Empathy with young people

Able to work as part of a team with good administrative and reporting skills.

Previous experience of Sail Training

Experience of refit and vessel maintenance

RYA Cruising instructor (or working towards)

MCA Approved Engine Course

GMDSS Long Range

Proficiency for Persons in Charge of Medical Care on Board Ship

Salary/ Terms and Conditions

Competitive remuneration, to be agreed according to experience.

We initially offer a fixed term contract from March to November 2024, renewable by mutual agreement at the end of the season.

Opportunity for winter refit.

Offers of employment will be made subject to completion of an enhanced DBS check and on-board skipper assessment.

Application process

For an application form or to make an enquiry please email

Closing date 9.00a.m. 26th January 2024.

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