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    The RYA employs over 170 staff in a wide range of roles, from boating specialists to professional staff to co-ordinators and administrators. Most work from our headquarters in Hamble, near Southampton, but some are based in other parts of the UK. We offer modern, accessible office facilities with free parking, up to date IT systems and a competitive range of benefits.

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    The RYA is committed to equality of opportunity.


    Sustainability Officer

    Salary: £28,000 - £30,000 per annum (dependent on experience)

    Permanent, full-time (35 hours per week)

    Location: Hamble, Southampton

    The RYA offers a range of benefits which include; a personal pension scheme, free life insurance and a total annual leave package of 28 days (plus public holidays).

    The RYA aims to maintain and promote safe, responsible recreational boating, and to become a leader in sustainability within the boating community.  To help us with our ambitions we have created a new position for a Sustainability Officer, to join our Environment & Sustainability team.

    We are seeking a self-motivated, proactive and engaging individual who has experience of delivering sustainability initiatives with demonstrable outcomes.  As a successful candidate you will have broad knowledge of sustainability issues, knowledge of the application of international (ISO) standards and be educated to degree level or equivalent in an environmental / sustainability field.  You should also have strong skills in developing strategies and report writing.

    The ability to; be diplomatic whilst maintaining integrity; be effective at advocating and negotiating; and build & maintain strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders, is essential for this role.

    As the Sustainability Officer, your key duties will include, but are not limited to:

    • Supporting the introduction of an Environmental Management System that meets the requirements of the ISO14001:2015 standard;
    • Reporting on performance against sustainability targets, for both internal and external use;
    • Working with RYA departments to manage the environmental impact of events, products and services; and
    • Working with the Environmental and Sustainability team to embed a culture of sustainability throughout the RYA.

    To Apply

    Please review the full job description and download & complete an application form. Application forms should be returned along with an equality monitoring form to  Please note that we do not accept CVs in lieu of a fully completed application form.

    Closing date for applications: Mid-day on Wednesday 27th February 2019

    Interviews to be held on: Thursday 14th and/or Friday 15th March 2019


    Membership Engagement Officer

    Fixed Term Contract, Maternity Leave Cover (9-12 months)

    Salary: £24,000 – £26,000 per annum (dependent upon experience)

    Full-time, 35 hours per week

    Location: Hamble, Southampton

    The RYA offers a range of benefits which include; a personal pension scheme, free life insurance and a total annual leave package of 28 days (plus bank holidays)

    The RYA is the national governing body for all forms of boating including; dinghy and yacht racing; motor and sail cruising; RIBs and sports boats; and windsurfing and personal watercraft, including inland cruising and narrowboats. We are a membership organisation who work tirelessly to retain and protect our members’ freedom and interests, as well as working towards increasing numbers of leisure boaters and providing a number of professional boating qualifications, training courses and publications.

    The RYA introduced a new membership model in 2016 and has seen a positive rise in its membership numbers, however it is vital that we continue to grow our membership and represent the interests of our members. To support us with this we are seeking a Membership Engagement Officer, on a fixed term contract basis to cover a period of maternity leave.

    As the Membership Engagement Officer you will take the lead in creating an efficient and effective member experience ensuring all processes are member friendly, focussed and compliant. As well as work on the development and implementation of workshops, programmes and initiatives designed to enhance the overall membership experience.

    For this position, we are seeking a confident and highly organised individual with exceptional administrative skills. It is imperative for this role that candidates have excellent communication skills with an ability to foster and build strong relationships with colleagues, partner organisations and stakeholders. Demonstrable experience of this is essential. Our ideal candidate will also have proven project management experience, ideally with experience of marketing projects.

    To Apply

    Please review the full job description and download & complete an application form. Completed application forms should be returned, along with an equality monitoring form, to  Please note that we do not accept CVs in lieu of a fully completed application form.


    Chair, RYA Safeguarding Steering Group

    Voluntary Position, Expenses Paid

    The Royal Yachting Association, based in Hamble, is the national governing body for all forms of boating, including dinghy and yacht racing, motor and sail cruising, RIBS and sports boats, windsurfing, personal watercraft, inland cruising and narrowboats.

    The RYA and its affiliated or recognised clubs and training centres have a duty of care to safeguard children, young people and adults at risk taking part in their activities. The RYA has achieved the Standards for Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sport and is required to maintain these Standards as a condition of Sport England funding.

    We wish to recruit a Chair of the RYA’s Safeguarding Steering Group (made up of staff from relevant departments) to bring an independent viewpoint and professional safeguarding experience to our policy development and case management processes. The Chair will also advise and support the Safeguarding Manager in a non-executive capacity. This is a new role, and it is would be in a voluntary capacity but travel expenses will be reimbursed.

    The successful candidate will have a professional background in safeguarding at a senior level, knowledge of statutory safeguarding guidance and processes including multi-agency working, and experience of meeting external compliance requirements. They will have an understanding of voluntary organisations, preferably but not necessarily in sport, an interest in sailing or another water sport, and ideally experience of high performance youth sport in some capacity. Please see the full role description for further details.

    The RYA actively promotes diversity in its workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

    If you feel you have the relevant skills and experience for this role, please email a covering letter, CV, applicant equality monitoring form and details of two professional references to Howard Pridding, Director of External Affairs, at 

    Closing Date for Applications: 12 noon on Friday 22 February 2019.

    Interviews will be held in Hamble on Monday 11 March 2019.


    Physiotherapist – English Institute of Sport

    Working with the British Sailing Team

    Location: Weymouth

    The English Institute of Sport are seeking a Physiotherapist to join their team. Please note, this position is not directly employed by the RYA but does involve working closing with the British Sailing Team.

    Full details on this position can be found here.

    Closing Date for Applications: 9.00am on Friday 1 March 2019


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