BE PART OF THE ADVENTURE

VOLUNTEER ON THE SPIRIT


 

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Volunteering for Spirit is an awesome way to be involved in helping shape positive change in the lives of young Kiwis. Sailing over 25 ten day voyages every year along with a few shorter trips, we rely on our amazing volunteers to help make this possible.

If you have sailed with us as a trainee, it’s a fantastic way to stay connected and be part of the Spirit family.  If you haven’t sailed with us before, but have a passion to help young people, then we would love to hear from you.

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VOLUNTEERS KEEP THE SHIP MOVING

We employ a permanent crew, consisting of a master (captain), mates, engineer and cook on every voyage and in addition to our permanent crew positions, there are six volunteers per voyage, filling the positions of Watch Assistants and Leading Hands. We also run a cadetship programme for school-leavers looking to a professional career at sea.

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Leading Hands (ages 17-22 years)

Leading hands must have completed our 10 Day voyage before becoming crew. They bring their voyage experiences aboard and assist the crew with day-to-day running of the ship's routines, programme and maintenance. Leading Hands help trainees to familiarise themselves with the vessel and the possibly new experience for some of working in teams.

 

Watch Assistant (ages 20 years and up)

We are always looking for strong candidates for the Watch Assistant role. Watch assistants are valued for their contribution to a voyage as motivators, wholly involved at all levels. They work alongside the mates, ensuring the programme is running smoothly and that all trainees are fully engaged and having a good time.

 

 

JOIN OUR RELIEF CREW

Full-time positions on board Spirit of New Zealand do come up from time-to-time, and are always looking for qualified crew to join our relief crew network. If you have the right credentials (maritime and other relevant qualifications) and are interested in being part of the team, we would love to hear from you.

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CRITERIA
  • Leading Hands (aged 17-22 years)

  • All other positions over 20 years of age

  • Enjoy working with young people

  • Preferably have some experience with water-based activities, outdoor education, teaching or coaching roles

  • Have a positive attitude, a friendly manner and heaps of enthusiasm

  • Be physically fit

FAQS

  • Do I need to know how to sail to come on board?

    No sailing experience is required. Sailing is just one part of the voyage. Each sailing has a team of experienced sailors. Be prepared to help!

  • Do I have to live in Auckland to get on an Auckland sailing?

    No we have people from all over New Zealand join the ship. You just have to get to wherever we are in port.

  • How many people does the ship sleep?

    The ship typically has the capacity to house 40 participants and 12 crew overnight.

  • Is food included?

    Yes food is included - We have a full time cook on board producing exceptional meals to keep your tummy full!

  • Where does the ship go?

    Every voyage is different and it will often depend on weather. We have a live ship tracker on the home page of our website.