Become a shore crew volunteer

Not every role at Coastguard involves getting out on the water, we need people to operate radios, manage incidents and keep our units operating.

Even if you only have a few hours per month to give - there's a role for you.

Becoming a shore crew volunteer is a great way to become part of the team. Our administrative roles are fully supported by our local and National offices and training is provided to assist you in each role. 


Radio Operator

This is an important role with responsibility for ship-to-shore communications with our rescue vessels and the boating public. Our Radio Operators take trip reports, issue weather forecast and handle any emergency incidents we have out on the water. They work closely with other emergency services, require good communications skills, a good level of hearing and the ability to work under pressure and to multi-task when needed. A Maritime VHF Radio Operator Certificate is required, which we provide training for at no cost to you.

We have two main Communications centres, Communications North and Communications East. We also have Radio Operators in other units around the country. Please get in touch and let us know where you live and we can see if we can place you locally.

Communications North - based at Auckland Marine Rescue Centre, Mechanics Bay Auckland. Click here to apply!

Communications East - based at Nikau House, Mount Maunganui. Click here to apply!

Incident Management

This shore based role is suited to people with extensive experience in the management of teams and projects. Specialist training is available, but an understanding of the CIMS (Coordinated Incident Management System) is required. With the right training you will become part of the team working with other agencies to manage search and rescue missions.


Unit Management and Administration

These shore based roles are also a vital part of saving lives on the water and often require far less time, varying between 2-15 hours per month. Our units need help with:

  • secretarial,
  • treasurer,
  • training officer (planning the delivery of training, not tutoring),
  • safety officer (managing the health and safety needs for our vessels, buildings and crews),
  • crew managers (seeing to the welfare needs of volunteers),
  • asset managers (looking after the repairs and maintenance for buildings, vehicles and vessels),
  • and fundraising and community relations.

If you are interested in being part of our shore crew, please visit our How to apply section.

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