Ocean Youth Trust Scotland
Ocean Youth Trust Scotland

Charity registered in Scotland SC029531

Ocean Youth Trust Scotland is the UK's leading sail training charity. Our mission is to inspire positive change in young people through the challenge of adventure under sail. Our residential voyages provide a powerful and effective environment for personal development.

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Youth Development Worker

  • Full time
  • £21,000 – £27,000
  • Greenock
  • Closing 31st January 2020

Ocean Youth Trust Scotland is a leading youth work charity. Through their adventurous residential sailing voyages and the help of hundreds of volunteers, they support young people aged 12-25 to realise their true potential through youth work on the waves.

Since 2008, the Scottish Government has committed £110 million to community initiatives to improve the quality of life of young people right across Scotland.

OYT Scotland currently work with groups in areas of high social and economic deprivation, and demand is high from these groups to provide them with additional voyages that can reach new intakes of young people. They aim to target groups such as these where we feel the largest difference can be made through Early and Effective Intervention (EEI).

OYT Scotland has an exciting new role as Youth Development Worker that will be key to delivering a national funded project in line with the Scottish Government’s initiatives to support young people.

Building on the success of their highly lauded previous programmes, this will be a longer-term personal development journey aimed specifically at young people most at risk of offending or entering the judicial system.

A Job Description and a Person Specification are available for download below.

This vacancy has now closed

Fundraising & Admin Assistant

  • Full time
  • £17,000 – £18,000
  • Greenock, Inverclyde
  • Closing 20th March 2020

Are you passionate about pursuing a career in the third sector that makes a real difference to young people’s lives? Ocean Youth Trust Scotland is an award-winning youth work charity, delivering life-changing voyages at sea for disadvantaged young people aged 12-25 aboard its sail training vessels.

The charity has a rare and exciting opportunity for a budding fundraiser to join its growing fundraising team and contribute to its success. The Trust is seeking a motivated and enthusiastic Fundraising & Admin Assistant to support the wider team with all aspects of fundraising, administration and event organisation. The post holder will be expected to be a confident communicator with flexibility and a willingness to learn and develop their own skills with the support of the team, with a view to growing a career in fundraising.

The successful candidate will be able to show a commitment to working in the charity sector via work experience or voluntary work. Excellent writing skills, creativity and the ability to use initiative are essential. Awareness and understanding of major grant making trusts and foundations such as The Big Lottery, People’s Postcode, Children in Need and The Robertson Trust and is desirable, but not essential.

This rare opportunity would best suit a talented individual seeking to begin a career in the third sector, eager to learn and with a ‘have a go’ attitude in an established and successful youth work charity.


  • To support the Head of Fundraising and wider fundraising team in all aspects of fundraising and administration.
  • To build and maintain relationships with existing supporters.
  • To be a point of contact for new and existing donors, including accepting donations and supporting donors with their own fundraising ventures.
  • To maintain the donor database.
  • To regularly update the charity’s social media channels.
  • To assist with the planning, organisation and delivery of OYT Scotland events, including advanced preparations, on-the-day support, and pre/post event administration.
  • Any other relevant duties as required by the Head of Fundraising.


  • Articulate with excellent writing skills and use of English.
  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation and negotiation skills to convey information in a variety of formats to a variety of audiences.
  • Sound working knowledge of the Microsoft Office packages (specifically Word, Outlook and Excel).
  • Competent grasp of social media channels including facebook, twitter and Instagram.
  • Ability to manage own workload, excellent personal organisation and the ability to prioritise with a creative and approach to challenges and opportunities.
  • Friendly, outgoing manner, with the ability and confidence to develop and sustain long-term working relationships with people at all levels.
  • A willingness to learn and develop own skills for a career in fundraising.