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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
No we have people from all over New Zealand join the ship. You just have to get to wherever we are in port.
The ship typically has the capacity to house 40 participants and 12 crew overnight.
Yes food is included - We have a full time cook on board producing exceptional meals to keep your tummy full!
Every voyage is different and it will often depend on weather. We have a live ship tracker on the home page of our website.