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Hatston Pier, KW15 1RQ
£28,238 - £30,319 per year pro rata
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Position Type:
Full Time
37 hours per week


Marine Services and Transportation

Seasonal Pier Master

37 hours per week, Shift pattern one week on one week off
Temporary up to 30 September 2023
£28,239 - £30,319 pro rata (including shift allowance and Distant Islands Allowance)

Orkney Islands Council Marine Services is the Statutory Harbour Authority and you may be expected to work at any Harbour Authority Area but primarily you will be based at Hatston/Kirkwall Piers.

Kirkwall Harbour provides lifeline ferry services to the outer Orkney islands and Scottish mainland ports which operate to and from on a daily basis. Both Kirkwall and Stromness ports are popular cruise ship destinations and are at the centre of the marine renewables activities underway in Orkney waters. Local fishing fleet, commercial vessels, recreational vessels and coastal traffic all make for busy operational areas. Scapa Pier is the base for vessels servicing the oil port of Scapa Flow and also the import of fuel oil to storage tanks. Tingwall is a busy inshore fishing and internal ferry port. As part of the duties of Seasonal Pier Master you will be tasked to these locations.

You will work under the supervision of the Pier Operations Co-ordinator. You will assist in ensuring compliance by all stakeholders in the Port’s Safety Management System and associated emergency and operational plans and byelaws. You will be involved in providing stevedoring, security and inspection duties for the outer north isles vessels operated by Orkney Ferries whilst based at Kirkwall, and monitor and control berthing within the Stromness harbour facilities whilst based at Stromness. Other duties will include but not limited to operational duties and routine maintenance.

In order to meet the challenges of this post you should have experience in the marine industry and working knowledge of port operations. You should have a forklift operator’s licence and restricted VHF Radio operators certificate (minimum). Training in Health & Safety such as IOSH working safely is desirable.

You should have experience in working with the standard Microsoft Office applications such as Word and Excel. You will be required to show and work under your own initiative and as part of the team to work within the operational procedures in place. A strong presence will be required within the port area at times to deal with the many demands placed in a busy port environment.

A full, current driving licence is essential.

This post is subject to Basic Disclosure Scotland clearance.

To discuss the post please contact Mr Alistair Cameron, Assistant Harbour Master (Operations), Tel: 01856 873636, email: 

Closing Date: Sunday 2 April 2023

Please note that interview expenses are not payable for this post.

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