Senior Watch Officer
Sea Terminal

Job Reference: DOI-012074

Closing Date: 20/04/2021

Salary: £30,604 - £35,755 per annum

Department: Department of Infrastructure

Hours Per week: 37

About the role and our team

Join our team within the Harbours and Coastguard Division as a Senior Watch Officer!

Within this role you will deal with all Harbour and Coastguard operational matters, overseeing vessel movements within the Douglas Harbour Limits, providing safe navigation in and out of the port.

You will be responsible for the safe operation of important Harbour infrastructures such as the Millennium Road Bridge, linkspans, flapgates and more. As well as this, you will provide berthing advice to ships masters, organise routine/emergency maintenance requirements and in the absence of a senior manager, decide whether to close part of the port in the case of an emergency.

You will have the chance to assist the IOM Coastguard in co-ordinating Search and Rescue operations on the coast and in Manx Territorial Waters.

During out of hour’s periods, you’ll have opportunities to undertake added responsibilities to increase your operational and incident management experience.

You will also get the chance to be the lead officer on a two person shift, where you will be responsible for all Marine Operation Centre (MOC) operations, during the shift. The three shifts are:

  • Day - 6:50am to 15pm
  • Evening - 14:50pm to 11pm
  • Night - 22:50pm to 7am

No two shifts are the same in this role, as changing operational requirements and weather conditions always influence our tasks each day.

What can this role offer me?

Although Senior Watch Officers in the MOC may be busy reacting and dealing with any number of Harbour and Coastguard issues, shifts may be operationally quiet, leaving opportunities for you to develop your skills through internal and external accredited training and courses.

We are constantly developing training packages and personal development systems to enhance performance and succession planning, this included opportunities for advancements to reach Senior Management Level, should this be something you’re interested in.

Any maritime, leadership and management qualifications that would be beneficial to both you and the Division would be considered, and if approved may be fully funded by the Department.

The role also attracts a shift allowance and premium rates for weekend and bank holiday work. Free car parking will be available to you.

If working flexibly is important to you, you’ll be happy to know we operate a flexi-time system making it easier to reclaim any additional hours worked and to fit your other commitments around your work life.

To find out more about what life is like working for the Department of Infrastructure, watch our video starring our wonderful employees talking about their careers within the Department.

To find out more about the benefits you can enjoy by working with us, download our benefits guide from the bottom of the advert.

How to find out more and apply

For more information please see the attached job description and person specification, or alternatively contact Michael MacDonald on 01624 694384.

A provisional interview date of 5 May 2021 has been set for shortlisted applicants, however this is subject to change.​​​​​​​

Applications for this post will be accepted up to midnight of the closing date specified. You’ll need to upload your latest CV to your application, and we recommend that you also include a cover letter that explains your motivations for applying, and that demonstrates your suitability for this post. If you have difficulties applying online please contact the Recruitment Team on 01624 686300 or by email at

Additional information

Please note a basic police check is required for, which the Department will cover the cost of for you.

A full, valid driving license and access to your own vehicle are required for this role. A uniform will also be provided.

A relocation package and interview expenses are not available for this role.

Flexible Working

The Isle of Man Public Service is an equal opportunities employer which supports and promotes flexible working. We understand its benefits in improving work-life balance and supporting health and wellbeing and, in its different forms; it is widespread throughout the Public Service. We are happy to discuss part-time or flexible working arrangements, including job share partnerships, for our roles (where possible) and if interested you should discuss this with the Hiring Manager.

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This position is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for this position.