Salary (Grade 5): £27,554 - £32,507 per annum (dependent upon experience)

Hours: 37.5 hours per week: Standard hours Monday to Thursday 8.00am to 4.30pm and 8.00am to 1.30pm on Friday, however flexibility to suit work requirements and locations, will be considered.

Location: Based at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, with periods of work in Hartlepool and Belfast

The NMRN’s vision is to be the world’s most inspiring Naval Museum, Linking Navy to Nation and its mission is to inspire enjoyment and engagement with the continuing history and modern role of the Royal Navy and the Royal Navy’s impact on shaping both our nation and the modern world.

We are looking to recruit a full-time rigger to join our expanding in-house Rigging team, maintaining the masts, yards and rigging on HMS Warrior, HMS Trincomalee, HMS Caroline, and HMS M33, undertaking both routine and project work under the direction of the NMRN Lead Rigger. Assisting the HMS Victory Rigging team with work on HMS Victory as required. This is a great opportunity for someone with experience of working on and maintaining traditional vessels. This might suit someone with experience working as a deck hand, bosun or mate on a traditional small craft, or working on a tall ship as bosun’s mate or deck hand.

Key Opportunities

This is an exciting opportunity to be involved with the continued care and maintenance of the wide range of historically significant rigs within NMRN’s collection, to ensure they are maintained to a high standard and retain historical accuracy. Working as part of the rigging team you will undertake rigging work both aloft and in the workshop. This work will involve completing a range of rigging tasks from routine maintenance and surveys to restoration projects replacing large sections of rigging, learning necessary skills and details about historical accuracy. • Unique opportunity to learn rigging. • IRATA qualification course costs.


Experience completing maintenance on traditional vessels. • Some experience climbing/working aloft. • Competent in tying basic knots (RYA competent crew knots). • Some experience in traditional rigging skills such as 3 strand rope splicing, whipping, serving, seizing. • Good team player who is self-motivated and comfortable working independently. • Understanding of health and safety associated with working on traditional vessels and aloft. • Experience engaging with the public. • Basic IT skills.  

We provide:

The opportunity to be part of a friendly and diverse workplace within a unique heritage environment. • Group pension plan with Royal London (6% employer contributions, 2% employee contributions and death in service benefit). • 25 days annual leave, increasing to 30 days after 5 years’ service. • Flexible working. • Free onsite parking. • Employee Assistance Program. • Free admission to other museums and attractions within the reciprocal agreement. • Discounts at our shops and cafes. • Discounted tickets for family and friends.

This post requires A DBS check as a requirement of working on a working naval base, as well as the right to work in the UK. As this is not a UK sponsored role, candidates must have the right to work in the UK to apply for this role.

For further details or an informal discussion regarding the role please contact Andy Hodder Smith, Master Rigger at Andy.HodderSmith@NMRN.org.uk or call 02392 891370, extension: 2024

Applications should be submitted at https://jobs@nmrn.org.uk and are required by 08:00 on Monday 27th November 2023. We will be arranging interviews for suitable applicants from Monday 11th December 2023, but can be flexible around dates. We plan to have in person interviews with a practical element. If you require reasonable adjustments to be made to the application process because of a disability, please contact the HR team on recruitment@nmrn.org.uk for support.

Closing date PDF Role Profile - Rigger '23.pdf Job type Permanent Remuneration Salary Salary £27,554 - £32,507 Job zone South East Respond

Please apply at https://www.nmrn.org.uk/jobs-and-volunteering

Contact Andy Hodder Smith Contact email Andy.HodderSmith@NMRN.org.uk