We currently have no full time vacancies.
Our full time team is supplemented by various casual staff positions. We have a pool of suitably qualified and experienced individuals who enjoy casual hours or seasonal part-time work for the harbour. We recruit into this pool on an ongoing basis. The job descriptions for these three types of role are below. Any interest in these casual hours roles should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org with a CV setting out relevant experience. For an informal discussion about any of the roles, please telephone 01903 721 215
Seasonal Office Assistant
You will enjoy one of the best views in Littlehampton whilst staffing the Harbour Office on weekend and weekday shifts on a rota between April and September, reporting to the day’s Duty Harbour Master.
You will work in a safe and efficient manner, be flexible and customer focused and provide a friendly and welcoming environment when dealing with enquiries. The main focus of the role will be maintaining a presence in the Harbour Office, answering telephone and face to face enquiries, collecting harbour dues and mooring fees from visiting boats making use of our Harbour Assist portal. Full training will be provided but good IT skills are a must and, ideally, you will have experience in cash handling, customer service and a knowledge of boats and the sea.
Whilst some lone working in the harbour office is to be expected, there is a steady flow of the public and you would be in regular contact with the Duty Office and their weekend staff throughout the day as they split their time between the river, visitors pontoon, office and public slipway. If required, you may be called upon to assist the Duty Officer with liaising with the Coastguard or other agencies / emergency services during incidents.
In delivering your role, you will build positive relationships with office staff at Littlehampton Marina, the Arun’s two yacht clubs, other local mooring providers as well as other local organisations including the Maritime Volunteer Service. You will also be required to respond to radio calls to the Harbour Office from vessels over VHF radio when the Duty Harbour Master is unable to respond. This is relatively simple and full training will be provided but prior experience or even an RYA qualification would be beneficial.
Anyone over the age of 16 will be considered for this part-time, seasonal position but it may be best suited to somebody seeking part-time work, a university student / school leaver during their holidays or a retired person. Each season, 2 (or 3) Office Assistants are required in order to cover the required rota throughout the season. Any booked holidays will need to be discussed at time of interview. Each shift’s working hours will be variable based on the tide times, weather and events planned but are typically 10am to 4pm. Shifts are paid at £8.72 per hour plus accrued holiday pay with daily timesheet submission. A uniform is provided.
Casual Harbour Attendant
You will perform a range of duties in order to assist the Duty Harbour Master in the safe operation of Littlehampton Harbour on occasional/periodic Saturday or Sunday shifts throughout the summer season (April to September) and by exception during the week (days expected to be busy during school holidays).
You will work in a safe and efficient manner, be flexible and customer focused and provide a friendly and welcoming environment when dealing with enquiries and harbour users. The main focus of the role will be patrolling the river and public slipway to ensure safety and compliance to harbour regulations whilst ensuring all harbour users have a great experience in Littlehampton. In addition, you will assist with harbour dues inspections and berthing visiting vessels on the Town Quay visitors pontoon. You may be called upon to render assistance to harbour users in distress where required or act in support of HM Coastguard, the RNLI, the Fire Service, the Environment Agency or our Oil Spill Response contractor in response to emergencies. After passing a probationary period, casual staff may get the opportunity to receive training in our byelaw enforcement procedures, footbridge opening, commercial vessel line handling etc.
Experience of boats and mooring operations is required. Training is provided but it is essential that you hold an RYA Level 2 Power Boat qualification or equivalent. You will also need an ML5 or ENG1 seafarers medical but we can support in arranging this if you don’t have it already. A VHF license (as well as appropriate further qualifications and local training) will permit you to work more independently and coxswain the harbour’s patrol boat. Support may be available to returning and regular staff to complete further qualifications.
In delivering your role, you will build positive relationships with marine staff and volunteers at Littlehampton Marina, the Arun’s two yacht clubs, other local mooring providers as well as other local organisations including the RNLI and Maritime Volunteer Service.
Applicants will preferably be 18 years of age or older, but applicants over 16 years of age will be considered. Working hours will be variable based on the tide times, weather and events planned but are typically 10am to 4pm. Your working dates for the full season will be confirmed when the rota is finalised during March each year. A casual staff member on their first season with us could expect up to 8 shifts over the course of the season should their availability align with the harbour’s staffing needs, this may increase in subsequent seasons. Additional shifts may become available on weekends expected to be particularly busy or certain weekdays requiring extra cover. Shifts are paid at £8.72 per hour plus accrued holiday pay with daily timesheet submission. A uniform will be provided.
Casual Pilotage, Conservation and Marine Services Crew
Due to the varying demands on our small team of full time professional mariners, we have fairly regular opportunities for individuals with the appropriate marine qualifications and experience to assist with conservation, pilotage and marine services charters on weekdays. These occur across the harbour as well as at sea and making use of the harbour’s 10 metre multi-purpose vessel ERICA or 7 metre open workboat WINDSONG.
RYA and/or MCA qualifications will be required depending on the task and their role. An ENG1/ML5 medical is required for all of these duties but support is available for this and other qualifications for the right candidates. Shifts are paid for crew at £8.72 per hour plus accrued holiday pay with daily timesheet submission. A uniform is provided. However, rates are negotiable for out of hours working or where more qualified crew or coxswains are required. Involvement in acts of pilotage (i.e. pilot boat, line handling or footbridge opening for large shipping arrivals/departures or shifts within the harbour) are always paid at £25.10 per act which last anywhere from 15mins (cancellation after muster) to 2.5 hours depending the type of vessel/operation to be undertaken. Due to operational requirements and weather, these shifts are often only finalised at short notice so a high degree of flexibility is required.