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

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

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

Area 2, North Scotland

Area 3, East Scotland

Area 4, Inner Clyde to River Tay and East Scottish Border

Area 5, North East England

Area 6, East of England (Yorkshire, Humberside & Lincolnshire)

Area 7, East Anglia

Area 8, South East England

Area 9, Southern England including Isle of Wight

Area 10, South West England

Area 11, Cornwall including Isles of Scilly

Area 12, North Devon including Severn Estuary

Area 13, South East Wales to Mid-Wales

Area 14, North West Wales

Area 15, Great Orme to West Scottish border including the Lakes

Area 16, Solway Firth to Clyde including Northern Ireland

Area 17, Kintyre to Mull, Isle of Arran and Inner Hebrides

Area 18, Loch Linnhe to Outer Hebrides including Skye & the Small Isles

HM Coastguard Area Chart

Please download the A3 Map of the coastguard rescue team locations A3 Map of coastguard rescue teams locations (PDF, 194KB, 1 page)(PDF, 194KB, 1 page) to establish team locations and area boundaries.

Published 12 April 2019
Last updated 4 July 2019 + show all updates
  1. The guidance for applicants has been revised.

  2. First published.