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RNLI Careers and Employment

About us
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is the charity that saves lives at sea. Volunteers make up 95% of our workforce – ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Our people are selfless, dependable, trustworthy and courageous. These are our values and they underpin everything we do.

Since our inception in 1824, demand for our lifesaving
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In addition, we operate a seasonal lifeguard service on more than 180 UK and Channel Island beaches and a specialist Flood Rescue Team ready to respond to severe flooding situations throughout the UK, RoI and around the world.

Our sea and beach safety work is paramount and we are sharing our maritime expertise with like-minded international organisations to help save even more lives from drowning.

With 98% of our total income coming from generous donations and legacies, we depend on our dedicated volunteers, supporters and staff to continue saving lives at sea.
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What is it like to work at RNLI?

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What are people saying about the leadership at RNLI?

of employees approve of Mark Dowie’s performance as CEO
CEO Approval is based on 36 ratings
Brilliant employer
Written by Supporter Care Advisor (Former Employee) from Poole, Dorset on 2 May 2020
Can honestly say it was an absolute pleasure to work for the RNLI. Supporters (customers) were all lovely, colleagues really include you from the get-go, management are clear in what they want and understanding if you have any problems, I had no problems whatsoever from them - I only wish I had worked there full time instead of on secondment!
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What did candidates say about the interview at RNLI?

Interview experience
Based on 41 interviews
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Interview process length
Based on 39 interviews
About a day or two
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