We are currently looking for a Mission Area Officer. See below for more details

We’re a close-knit charity which has stayed true to our Christian calling since we were established in 1881.

The Fishermen’s Mission is an equal opportunities employer so when you work with us, you’re valued, supported and encouraged.


If you think your skills, experience, passion, and drive can benefit the UK’s fishing communities and the families within them, please take a look at our vacancies when they are listed.

Volunteer at Head Office (Part-Time)

The Fishermen’s Mission is delighted to announce its urgent need for a new, part-time volunteer who is at least 18 years old to help support its busy fundraising team at its Head Office near Fareham.

The role will involve undertaking vital desk and online based research in order to provide the Trust & Legacy Manager and the Partnerships Manager with fundraising leads and other information to help maintain and develop its fundraising initiatives.

For more information about the role and/or an application form, please call Sophie Davies on 01489 566922 or email her at

Mission Area Officer – Orkney (Part-Time)

The Fishermen’s Mission aims to maintain a strong ecumenical Christian presence throughout Orkney to provide emergency, practical welfare and pastoral support to active and retired fishermen and their families of all faiths and none.

A part-time, 3 days a week MAO (Orkney) is an expansion of our commitment to the area, which has been served for some years by a part-time volunteer. As the MAO (Orkney) role develops, it is anticipated that additional operational and administrative staff may be required, while volunteer recruitment and management will also be encouraged.
The core work is peripatetic outreach activities that involve significant amounts of travel around the area to build relationships, unearth suffering and deprivation and to deliver event or life-changing outcomes for our beneficiaries, no matter how remote or isolated.

Commercial fishing in and around the islands of Orkney faces many, often daunting challenges, from strict legislation on fisheries, catch size and days at sea, to bad weather and shoe string margins. By some measure, fishing is the most dangerous occupation in the UK.

The Fishermen’s Mission prides itself on offering a 24 hour a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year emergency response service. A willingness to respond swiftly to fishing emergencies and accidents remains at the heart of our purpose. In addition to our emergency work, the Fishermen’s Mission seeks to provide a comprehensive welfare service – dealing with the full range of issues. All our staff undertake training as caseworkers and need to develop skills in assessing need and making relevant applications for grant support. Most of our port staff work particularly closely with the Shipwrecked Mariners Society and will usually act as their agents.

The MAO is an exciting and very challenging role. The successful candidate will be part of a dynamic nationwide team at a time of significant development within the Fishermen’s Mission.

Job Description – Mission Area Officer Orkney

Application Form – Mission Area Officer Orkeny

Equality and Diversity Policy

Safeguarding Policy (Scotland)

Please download and send all completed application forms to Hanna Taylor at

Deadline for applications is 5th October.

Interviews will be held at The Fishermen’s Mission Head Office, Whiteley, Hampshire on 18th October. Travel costs will be covered/reimbursed.