We are recruiting!


MST are looking to appoint a Staff Skipper to sail onboard and manage our expanding fleet of yachts. This is an exciting time to join the charity, which has just relocated its base of operations as well as purchasing and refitting a new yacht ready for the 2021 season. 


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We are extremely grateful to the Slavanka Trust and the River Trust for their support with the establishment of this role. 
About Us

The Morning Star Trust is an award-winning charity, using offshore sailing as a tool for innovative Christian youth work. We do this onboard our two purpose-built and recently refitted eleven-metre expedition yachts, Bright Star and Eastern Star. 

In term time we work with partner organisations including schools, local authorities, charities, and the justice system to deliver residential voyages for disadvantaged young people and vulnerable adults. In the school holidays we offer opportunities to individual young people for adventure sailing, to gain qualifications or to complete their Duke of Edinburgh award. Summer voyages often go further afield, taking part in events such as the Tall Ships’ Races. MST is an RYA Training Centre, running RYA practical courses for adults in spare capacity to train our volunteers and to subsidise our youth voyages. 

About the Role

The Staff Skipper is a key part of the base team, and of the success of the Trust’s mission. As well as sailing our vessels and leading the delivery of our voyage programmes to beneficiaries, you will be responsible for training our volunteer sea staff. Ashore, the Staff Skipper is responsible for managing our vessels, ensuring that they remain safe and well maintained at all times. 

This is a demanding but rewarding position with the opportunity to make a lasting difference in the lives of hundreds of young people each year. As part of a small team there will be the opportunity to take on additional responsibilities and get involved with projects outside of the traditional scope of a skipper’s role if desired. 

About You

We are looking for an ambitious Yachtmaster Offshore or Cruising Instructor with a mature and vibrant Christian faith, and the drive to take on the challenge of bringing a new vessel into commission. 

You should have experience in working with young people, especially in an outdoor education or adventurous activity context. Demonstrable leadership, communication and problem-solving skills are essential. Experience of the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, working with volunteers and working with vulnerable adults are all desirable. 

Successful applicants will be required to complete the Trust’s Safer Recruiting process and obtain an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check for work with young people.


Salary and Benefits

We are offering a competitive annual salary of £20,000 - £25,000 depending on your experience and qualifications, as well as a generous pension. 

In addition to this you would receive support with funding and time-off for further training, an equipment allowance, and eleven weeks of annual leave plus weekends when not at sea. 

The role is a full-time permanent contract with a six month probation period. 


Applications should consist of a CV and covering letter and be submitted by email to training@mst.org.uk. Please include contact details for three references, which should include a church leader, previous employer, and a seagoing professional with whom you have recently sailed (such as former skipper). 

The deadline for completed applications is 0900 on the 9th December 2020 and interviews will be held during the week of the 14th December 2020, most likely online. 

We envisage that the successful applicant would start at a mutually convenient time in January 2021.

For further information or an informal discussion about this role, please contact Operations Director Toby Humphreys on 07575385814 or toby.humphreys@mst.org.uk 

Please note, in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 there is a genuine occupational requirement for the post-holder to be a member in good standing of a mainstream Christian denomination and to be fully supportive of the Trust’s Christian objectives. 


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