At Orkney Islands Council Marine Services, we recognise that the people we employ are our greatest asset.

We therefore seek to attract the best people, provide them with the opportunities to develop their skills and encourage them to make their career with us. Working for marine Services could take you further than you ever thought possible.

Career development is fundamental to our success. It promotes a culture of continuous self-development; provides a stimulus for personal and business growth; complements our appraisal process; and, importantly, supports an individual's ongoing development plans.

Marine Services is an equal opportunities employer and no terminology in these adverts is intended to discriminate on any grounds. We confirm that we will gladly accept applications from any persons matching the skills requirements for these roles.

It is unlawful for us to employ a person who does not have permission to live and work in the UK. Unless the adverts state otherwise, please ensure you have this permission before applying as documentary evidence will be required.

Current Vacancies

Deputy Harbour Master (Operations) (PERMANENT): ORK03225

Closing Date: 28/04/2019

37 Hours per week
£49,769 - £54,226 (Including Distant Islands Allowance) plus Duty Roster standby payments

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill the position of Deputy Harbour Master (Operations) in Orkney Islands Council, Marine Services.

As the Statutory Harbour Authority for 29 piers and harbours located throughout the Orkney archipelago, including the strategically important Scapa flow, Orkney Islands Council and its Marine Services section exercises jurisdiction over a diverse and challenging range of harbours and marine operations. This diversity of marine business in Orkney is unique, ranging from oil and gas support to marine renewables, from the UK’s most popular cruise ship destination to the provision of lifeline ferry services to the outlying regions of Orkney and mainline ferry services to the Scottish mainland and from complex oil and gas Ship to Ship operations to the ownership of a number of increasingly busy marinas. In recent years, the Local Authority has along with its funding partners, invested over £30 million in piers and harbour infrastructure, VTS in support of business growth and sustainability and is currently investing in new tugs, a pilot launch and low carbon facilities. The post of Deputy Harbour Master (Operations) is absolutely crucial to the safe and efficient operation of the harbour area and to the on-going operational and logistical support to this investment.

The candidate must possess a Certificate of Competency (Deck Officer) STCW Master II/2I > 3000GT and have previous experience in the ports and shipping industry. A qualification in port operations management is desirable and a strong knowledge of the International Safety Management Code, the Port Marine Safety Code and a working knowledge of safety management systems is required. An excellent knowledge of ferry and towage operations, oil and gas ship operations, pilotage and pollution response is important. VTS, port management and port security experience is desirable but not essential and qualification training will be given where necessary. Strong leadership and management skills are essential in order to manage a large team of pier staff, tug and launch crews, Class 1 Marine Pilots and VTS staff.

The Deputy Harbour Master (Operations) will deputise for the Harbour Master as and when required and will be responsible to him/her for all operational matters relating to all harbours, piers and tugs and launches, including visiting vessels coming under the jurisdiction or control of the Harbour Authority. You will be required to board vessels at sea and must be medically fit to do so. You will also act as Depute Oil Pollution Officer and Depute Port Facility Security Officer and be required to live within a reasonable distance of the Harbour Authority Building, Scapa in order to respond to Duty Harbour Master calls 24/7 when on duty.

For an informal discussion regarding the post please contact Brian Archibald, Head of Marine Services and Harbour Master tel: 01856 873636.

Further information is available from, and online applications can be made through

Alternatively please contact Customer Services for an application pack at Orkney Islands Council, School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1NY

Tel: (01856) 873535