Working for us

Working for the Northern Lighthouse Board can offer a rewarding career which could take you to some of the most remote and beautiful parts of Scotland and the Isle of Man.

Northern Lighthouse Board


We offer a competitive benefits package that includes an excellent pension scheme, generous holiday entitlement and HR policies that support our employees’ welfare and wellbeing.

Work/Life Balance

We believe that staff who are treated well and are able to deal with family and personal matters are happier, more productive employees. We have a number of policies that support our employees work/life balance including:

  • Flexible Working Hours operating at our Headquarters in Edinburgh and at our Oban base
  • Carers/Dependents/Emergency leave
  • Enhanced rates of pay for Maternity/Paternity/Adoption leave
  • Child Care Vouchers
  • Career Breaks/Unpaid Leave


  • 25 days holiday entitlement rising to 30 days after 5 years service
  • 11.5 days public holidays

Work Experience – Ship’s Catering

We offer catering work experience placements on board our vessels. The placements last for two weeks and include first-hand experience of every aspect of the ship’s catering department. This is a rolling programme and applications may be submitted at any time. To find out more and request an application pack, please contact our HR team on 0131 473 3100 or

You can also download a copy of our Ship’s Catering Work Experience Leaflet (PDF)

Health and Wellbeing

We’re proud to hold the Silver Healthy Working Lives Award. In order to support this, we offer:

  • 24 hour free access to an Employee Assistance Provider counselling and advice on a large range of issues such as work related, family and legal problems
  • Access to gym and fitness facilities
  • Occupational Sick Pay Scheme
  • Interest free loans for purchase of bikes and annual travel passes

Employee Handbook

The handbook is for all staff and offers information on a wide range of subjects related to NLB and your employment
Employee Handbook 2021 (PDF)


2nd Officer

As Second Officer you will assist in ensuring the safe and efficient operation of an NLB Vessel. You will hold a valid MCA STCW ’95 Reg. II/2 Chief Officer Unlimited Certificate and a valid unrestricted MCA Medical Certificate (ENG 1). You will have well developed Seamanship and Navigation Skills together with a working knowledge of .. Read more

Closing date: 13 October, 2021

Project Leader

The post is based at our Headquarters in central Edinburgh. As Project Leader you will support the Programme and Renewals Manager by managing a multi disciplinary team to implement the capital and revenue works programme. You will take the lead role on assigned project works, advising on technical and logistical matters to ensure projects are .. Read more

Closing date: 1 October, 2021