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Volunteering for MCA

Information about volunteering for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

Job vacancies

Vacancies for permanent and fixed term jobs with the Maritime & Coastguard Agency are shown on the civil service website.


There are often opportunities to volunteer with HM Coastguard as a coastguard rescue officer. To find out more about the role of a coastguard rescue officer, the coastguard rescue service and how to join a team, you can contact your local coastguard area management team.

How to get in touch about volunteering with the coastguard

For details on current and future volunteering opportunities, membership information and an enrolment application send an email to the appropriate area management team expressing your interest.

If, for example, you lived in Liverpool and were interested in joining the coastguard rescue team at Crosby you would send your email to [email protected]

You should make the subject line of your email:coastguard rescue service enrolment. Note that no other documents or attachments will be considered as part of the application process. Do not submit a CV or send other attachments as your email may not be opened.

Please be aware that areas enroll volunteers at different times of the year based on a number of criteria. There are also a great many teams nationally that are at full complement where enrolment is not currently required, the area staff replying to your message will advise you on local requirements.

If you have any queries on the enrolment process or require further assistance then please do get in touch with our coastal operations team at [email protected]

HM Coastguard area contact emails

Area teams can be reached at the following email addresses. Area staff are often busy with operational concerns so there may be a short delay in responding to you.

Area 1, Shetland & Orkney Islands [email protected]

Area 2, North Scotland [email protected]

Area 3, East Scotland [email protected]

Area 4, Inner Clyde to River Tay and East Scottish Border [email protected]

Area 5, North East England [email protected]

Area 6, East of England (Yorkshire, Humberside & Lincolnshire) [email protected]

Area 7, East Anglia [email protected]

Area 8, South East England [email protected]

Area 9, Southern England including Isle of Wight [email protected]

Area 10, South West England [email protected]

Area 11, Cornwall including Isles of Scilly [email protected]

Area 12, North Devon including Severn Estuary [email protected]

Area 13, South East Wales to Mid-Wales [email protected]

Area 14, North West Wales [email protected]

Area 15, Great Orme to West Scottish border including the Lakes [email protected]

Area 16, Solway Firth to Clyde including Northern Ireland [email protected]

Area 17, Kintyre to Mull, Isle of Arran and Inner Hebrides [email protected]

Area 18, Loch Linnhe to Outer Hebrides including Skye & the Small Isles [email protected]

HM Coastguard Area Chart

Please download the Map of coastguard rescue teams locations (PDF, 293 KB, 1 page) to establish team locations and area boundaries.