Ship building is no longer one of Jersey’s economic staples but the Island does have plenty of historic boats that tell stories of times gone by – and Jersey Heritage is looking for someone with the skills to look after this special fleet.
The full-time job of Historic Fleet Technician is currently being advertised and the successful candidate will lead a small team of volunteers, who are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of Jersey Heritage’s historic boats.
All the boats are of timber construction and range from two small sailing boats to the Howard D, a 1937 Liverpool Class Lifeboat. The Historic Fleet Technician will need strong carpentry skills, ideally with a knowledge of boat construction methods, as well as a keen interest in boats, experience of boat handling and a knowledge of local waters.
Work carried out on the historic fleet takes place in the workshop at the Maritime Museum and is part of the visitor experience, with many people stopping to ask about the history of the vessels. Chris O’Connor, Jersey Heritage’s Head of Property – including the fleet – said: “When the boats were acquired by Jersey Heritage, we decided it was important to keep them afloat and, most importantly, to use them. They come onto dry land to be carefully repaired and restored but otherwise the fleet is in one of the harbours, ready for its next adventure. We are looking for someone who is not only has the practical skills for the job but also an interest in the historical side of the fleet and can play their part in telling the Island’s maritime stories.”
As part of their role, the new technician will also look after the operation of the Fort Regent Signal Station, which Jersey Heritage took on responsibility for in 2006 when it was decided that this 300-year-old tradition should continue, despite the advent of modern technology.
For more information about the role of Historic Fleet Technician, please visit our Jobs page. The closing date is 4 September 2020.