There are many opportunities to get involved in the Tall Ships Races as a volunteer. In previous years, there have been well over 150 local volunteers taking on a variety of roles – all of which are vital to the smooth running and success of the event.

Volunteer roles are flexible and full training and support for each post will be given. Time commitment will vary depending on the role and the time available from the individual. Certain roles such as Liaison Officer will require full time commitment during the event, however stewarding or other support roles may only require covering a post for a few hours.




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From Monday 3rd October, we are now recruiting volunteers for the Tall Ships Races event. Anyone can apply and no previous experience is necessary. In line with our VOLUNTEER POLICY, applicants will be assigned based on their suitability to perform a particular role.

Full details are included in the VOLUNTEER INFORMATION SHEET and anyone applying should read this fully along with the VOLUNTEER POLICY before completing and signing the VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM.

Applications for Ships Liaison Officers will close on Monday 14th November (DEADLINE EXTENDED) and short follow up interviews will take place over the weekend of 26th and 27th November 2022. Applications for all other roles will continue until January 2023. Please use the same application form and indicate which roles you are interested in applying for.

Liaison Team

The Liaison Team are an integral part of the fleet while they are in Lerwick, and they work closely with the ships – even before their arrival in port. Individual Liaison Officers are appointed to each ship to act as their local point of contact and ensure the Captain and crew have access to information, advice and services required.

Liaison Officers are required to attend a morning briefing around 8am each day of the event then report to their assigned ship to pass on messages and updates for the day then remain onboard with the crew as required. During the day, Liaison Officers will ensure crew who are booked on tours and activities are directed to the correct location for their designated transport.

Volunteers who are friendly, confident, interested in developing international friendships and have a good sense of local knowledge are particularly well suited to this role. Liaison Officers are Ambassadors for the port, and Shetland, they represent our community aboard the ships.

Liaison Officers will be recruited in autumn 2022 and there will be monthly training sessions from January 2023 to ensure the team are fully up to speed with the requirements of the role.

Sail Training International / VIP Liaison

During the event a team from Sail Training International, the organisation who manage the Tall Ships Races, will be based in Lerwick. Their team will require liaison assistance and support with local information and knowledge. This role may include some basic administrative support.

Other VIP guests will include sponsors, visiting artists or performers and invited guests to various events and locations. At times there will be a need for liaison staff to be on hand to welcome these guests and act as a host.

Stewards and Marshals

Across the various event sites, there are a number of roles for volunteers to assist with the safe and secure flow of people within designated areas.

This includes monitoring access to crew only areas and general site supervision – bringing any issues to the attention of the duty Site Manager or security team. There may also be opportunities to assist in the marshalling of crew members during the Crew Parade event.

Event Information Advisor

The main event sites will require central information points where the public can access information on activity and event schedules, purchase programmes and merchandise, and request general information.

Volunteers in this role will be public facing and require a good overall knowledge of the event programme and locations.

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