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.


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)


ESTF Electrical Technician

Based at our operating base in Oban, as ESTF Electrical Technician you will maintain, set-up, calibrate and modify ATON systems both fixed and floating and support the day-to-day running of the ESTF and the Oban base as necessary, so to provide an engineering facility and service to all departments.

Closing date: 4 June, 2021

Ships’ Cook / Caterer

As Caterer you will assist in the provision of the full range of catering services essential to the efficient running of an NLB vessel including preparation of healthy meals and efficient operation of the Galley areas.

Closing date: 27 May, 2021

Project Leader

As Project Leader you will support our Programme and Renewals Manager by managing a multi-disciplinary team to implement NLB’s 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 delivered successfully. The post is based at our headquarters in central .. Read more

Closing date: 18 May, 2021

Civil Project Engineer

We’re looking for a Civil Project Engineer to join our multi-disciplinary project team. Using approved structured project management methods, you will assist the Project Leader in surveying sites, preparing reports, producing contract documentation and AutoCAD drawings. You will also oversee site works which includes site set up, progress inspections and site clearances. The post is .. Read more

Closing date: 18 May, 2021