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Coastguards direct 24-hour search and rescue operations throughout the UK. They are also known as Maritime Operations Officers.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on where you work.

You would start as a maritime operations officer (MOO) on £27,747 a year (this is a base salary of £22,497 plus £5,250 shift allowances).

A senior coastal operations officer earns £31,349 including allowances.

Coastguard rescue officer (CRO) is a voluntary role, however you are entitled to claim expenses for training and responding to emergencies.

Conditions

Coastguards work for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), a UK government agency. The heart of the national coastguard rescue co-ordination is based in Hampshire at the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre and has 10 Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centres (MRCCs) around the coast of Britain from Shetland in the north to Falmouth in the south. Three are in Scotland: Aberdeen, Shetland (Lerwick) and Stornoway.

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Getting In

You can start in one of two ways.

You could also apply to be a voluntary coastguard rescue officer (CRO) to gain experience, which may be of benefit when paid jobs become available. Find out more about this on Gov.uk website.

Whichever level you start at you must note the following information.

MOOs are recruited locally and you should contact your nearest coastguard station if you are interested. Vacancies are advertised on the MCA website. SCOO posts are advertised in local Jobcentre Plus offices, on the Find a Job website and on the MCA website.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2024
5154
0.7 %
RISE
2029
5190
  United Kingdom
2024
64715
3.5 %
RISE
2029
67000

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

More Information

Visit the HM Coastguard website for further information.

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)
Tel: 0300 300 9990
Website: http://www.rnli.org.uk
Twitter: @RNLI
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rnli/

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