FAQs

Get down to the finer details of life as an RNLI face-to-face fundraiser. Read our most frequently asked questions and drop us a line if you have any others.

About the role

General information about the job

What is the aim of the job?

Our mission is to inspire support by engaging, educating and influencing communities. We share water safety advice, raise awareness of the RNLI’s services and share inspirational stories of our lifesaving work to provide people with a reason to support the RNLI on a regular basis.

Do I have targets to hit? 

This is not like a typical sales job, but we do need to ensure our teams are productive, cost-effective and raise as much money as possible for the RNLI. You will be required to reach targets, but they are achievable and based on fundraising from previous years. You’ll be given lots of training and support to help you get there.

We invest heavily in our teams by providing fantastic training, support and coaching. And your manager is there to bring out the best in you, ensuring you always feel like you’re achieving in your role.

Will I receive training about how to approach people?

Yes, full training and uniform is provided – so you'll be confident and ready by the time you start work. We have some of the best training in the sector and we're constantly improving it.

Why should I apply for the job?

Not only will this job provide a substantial boost to your CV, it will also develop your confidence to talk to and positively influence others. Many fundraisers cite their entry into the jobs market to their work at the RNLI. 

You will learn incredible communication skills, vital for any organisation, and finish the summer with a precise figure of how much money you have raised for the RNLI – this could be £25,000 to £75,000 if you work the full summer. You'll be helping to save lives at sea while having the best summer of your life – what could be more rewarding than that?

Job specific information

Information about pay, working hours and more

What are the working hours?

The standard working hours are 10am–5pm, although there may be earlier starts and later finishes at events. You’ll work for a minimum of four days a week, including Saturday and Sunday. This is during July and August, although some pre-season events take place beforehand. 

Our summer campaign needs to flexible to ensure we make the most of the busiest days with the best weather. We’ll try to give you as much warning as possible if your working week changes.

When will I get paid?

You will be paid monthly via BACS transfer, so you must have an eligible UK or Ireland bank account. This is something to consider when planning your expenses over the summer.

Will I get commission?

In addition to your hourly wage, you will be enrolled into our reward scheme. This is more than just an excellent motivation for working hard, it’s also a way for us to recognise and reward your achievements.

Do I have to wear a uniform?

Yes, it's vital that the public can immediately identify you as an RNLI fundraiser. This is important so you don't get mistaken for lifeguards and to ensure you represent our highly regarded charity in a smart and professional manner.

As the saying goes: 'there's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing', so we provide you with the correct gear to make sure you're comfortable in whatever the summer can throw at you!

Is there a minimum age?

You must be 18 or over at the start of the season. This is due to safeguarding legislation. We are committed to protecting employees and volunteers and the RNLI has a legal and moral duty to ensure that we safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young adults involved with RNLI activity. The UK's Children Act (1989) defines a child as a person under the age of 18.

Due to the nature of face-to-face fundraising roles, residential accommodation is often offered. As we are not able to provide wardens at these residential sites to ensure the welfare and safety of under-18s, we cannot guarantee a safe environment for children, as defined by the Children’s Act.

How much of the summer will I be working for?

Although season dates are flexible, there are certain dates and a minimum amount of time when you will need to be available.

This includes:

  • interview dates in February
  • a few days of pre-season activity in the May half-term weekend
  • a training weekend on 17-18 June
  • 9–10 weeks of full-time work in your area across July and August.

What happens when it rains?

Depending on the severity of the weather, you will either:

  • stay out on the beach
  • fundraise at an indoor venue, such as a family attraction or local lifeboat station
  • take the day off and catch up when the weather improves.

Whatever the weather, we still need to be out there inspiring support for the charity and delivering vital safety messages, so we will always try to find you work.

Can I have another job in the evenings?

We would strongly recommend that you don't. You will quickly find that a day of face-to-face fundraising is tiring.

Additionally, since you'll often work at events further afield, we can't guarantee you'll be back in time for an evening shift elsewhere. The nature of this job means you will find it difficult to fit in other commitments and you'll probably find you'll just want to chill out or socialise with your team after work.

Likewise, days off are not fixed and this would cause difficulties for another employer.

What If I’m not a student?

Not a problem at all. We welcome anyone who is passionate, enthusiastic and outgoing, whether you’re at uni or not. You just need to be over 18 and have the right to work in the UK and Ireland. 

If you like the look of what you've seen on this website, apply!

Team and locations

Information about team specifics and where you can work

Where will I live?

Accommodation will be provided in all areas of the country. You will live in reasonable holiday accommodation in a location suitable for your area of work. The accommodation is not yours and must be treated with respect. Any damage would have to be paid for.

If I end up working in my local area, can I live at home?

Absolutely, we recommend that fundraisers live at home where possible.

What if I am placed somewhere I don’t want to work?

Don’t worry! If you don't live in one of our areas, we'll try our hardest to get you into your preference. It helps to be flexible in this role –every area has its own charm. 

Can I bring my car?

This is usually fine, but do check with your manager beforehand. Please note:

  • local accommodation parking restrictions may apply
  • we cannot cover the cost of fuel in personal vehicles
  • you cannot use your personal vehicle for work purposes.

Who will be in my team?

You will be in a team of 4–16 likeminded, energetic people. You will also have a number of senior fundraisers who will organise your day-to-day activity and a manager who will oversee the running of the campaign in your area. 

As a team, you’ll be working together to develop and challenge yourselves while helping to save lives at sea.

If you have any other questions, please drop our face-to-face team an email on f2f@rnli.org.uk

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