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)


Able Seafarer Deck

As Able Seafarer Deck, reporting to the Bosun, you will carry out operational and ship husbandry tasks essential to the running of an NLB Vessel.

Closing date: 2 July, 2021

Facilities Officer

We’re recruiting for a Facilities Officer to manage the provision of safe and comfortable accommodation at our headquarters in central Edinburgh.

Closing date: 2 July, 2021

Engineering Apprentices

The Northern Lighthouse Board, in partnership with Forth Valley College, are offering Engineering apprenticeships to passionate and aspiring engineers. We have one Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeship and one Electrical Engineering Apprenticeship available. Please click below and see the application pack for further information. Please state on your completed application form which apprenticeship you are applying for.

Closing date: 1 July, 2021