Salary (Grade 5): £27,554 - £31,493 per annum (dependent upon experience)

Hours: 37.5 hours per week (Monday to Friday) - permanent

Location: Work across the National Museum of the Royal Navy based in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard with occasional travel to Gosport, Hartlepool and Belfast

The NMRN’s vision is to be the world’s most inspiring Naval Museum. 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 recruiting two experienced Shipwrights within the expanding Conservation & Collections team based in Portsmouth. The successful candidates will be part of a friendly, multidisciplinary team of museum professionals, conservators and maritime industry specialists committed to high quality professional work maintaining and conserving historic ships, with a focus on HMS Victory. This is an exciting time to join the NMRN, as we move into the next phase of a major Conservation Programme on HMS Victory, and this will occupy much of your time. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to be part of conserving the world’s oldest commissioned ship. You will also spend time based on our other Portsmouth ships – HMS Warrior and HMS M.33 - with occasional travel to the Museum’s other locations in the UK, including Gosport, Hartlepool, and Belfast. Occasional weekend work may be required.

Job Specification

Overseen by Lead Shipwrights, your work will ensure that the NMRN’s Historic Ships are conserved and able to operate effectively and safely. The ships are open all year round as public attractions, so you will also be able to engage with our visitors about the important conservation work that you are undertaking.

Key Opportunities

Opportunity to have a key role in the major Conservation Project on HMS Victory. • Interesting and challenging heritage work with historic ships. • Opportunity to be part of the team working on the conservation of our internationally important collection of historic ships.


Specialist knowledge of construction of maritime joinery/shipwright practices, conservation and maintenance of historic ships. • Qualified to Level 3 City & Guilds Boatbuilding (2463-03) or equivalent. • Practical working knowledge of Health and Safety. • As you will be removing planking from the hull of HMS Victory, this will be a physically demanding role which will require manual handling on a daily basis. • A positive attitude and ability to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team.

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 (plus bank holidays), increasing to 30 days’ annual leave (plus bank holidays) after 5 years’ service. • Occupational sick pay. • Enhanced maternity/adoption and paternity pay. • Flexible working. • Free onsite parking. • Employee Assistance Programme. • Free admission to other national museums and attractions within the reciprocal agreement. • Discounts at our shops and cafes. • Free and discounted tickets for family and friends.

This post requires a DBS check as a requirement of working on the naval base, as well as the right to work in the UK.

For further details, or to arrange an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Jimmy Green or Rich Atherton, Lead Shipwrights (HMS Victory), at or . Applicants are asked to apply via no later than midnight, Sunday 10 December 2023.

We will be conducting interviews at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth in January 2024. If you require reasonable adjustments to be made to the application process because of a disability, please contact the HR team on for support.

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