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 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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We are recruiting volunteers for the Tall Ships Races 2023 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.

Closing date for applications is 31st January 2023. Please indicate on the application form which roles you are interested in applying for.

Crew Centre Liaison

A dedicated venue will be provided for ships’ crews to visit and access free soft/hot drinks, wi-fi, and interact with other crew members.

This facility will be available in a central location from 10:00 – 20:00 each day from Tuesday 25th July – Saturday 29th July (closing at 13:00 on Saturday). Liaison staff will be required to assist crew members with any enquiries and to supervise the area.

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.


This role will include driving a minibus to move crew and visiting artistes between venues and to /from the airport. Hours will be variable dependent on requirements. A D1 licence is preferred and all applicants must be over 25 years of age.

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