Ship Maintenance Volunteer

  • VO86353


As a member of the HMS Unicorn Maintenance Team, you will be crucial to the ongoing preservation of one of the world's oldest ships. Not only will you help with the upkeep of the vessel, but you will develop knowledge of the vessel and gain experience in a range of practical skills, all of which are transferrable to other areas of work.

Reporting to the ship's maintenance officer, you will receive training to undertake a variety of tasks onboard while adhering to health & safety policies and correct use of PPE. You will get the chance to use different hand tools and build confidence with practical skills and DIY, as well as contribute to the overall appearance and cleanliness of the vessel. As a member of the HMS Unicorn volunteer team, you will also get the chance to meet other people and be invited to different group social events.

Organisation aims and objectives

The Unicorn Preservation Society is a charity registered in Scotland who preserve and conserve HMS Unicorn, the most original old ship in the world. The purpose of the organisation is to ensure a sustainable future for the vessel, provide education relating to the ship and maritime heritage, and to provide recreational facilities for the community.











Physically capable of manual work. As a ship maintenance volunteer, you have to be able to move around the vessel and some spaces can be difficult to access. Therefore, the volunteer positions are only suitable for those who can cope with the requirement.
Experience required: You should have an interest in museums and heritage, and a desire to learn about maintenance and hands-on tasks within a historic setting. No previous experience is required for this role.
Travel details: HMS Unicorn, Victoria Dock, Dundee, DD1 3BP
Minimum age: 18


Training details: Induction training will be provided by our VEL Officer to the organisation and workplace. Specific ongoing training will be provided by our Maintenance Officer, including health & safety, manual handling, and equipment/tool use.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

Last updated 5 months ago

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