HMS Unicorn

Charity registered in Scotland SC002771

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.


Current opportunities

We’re looking for friendly, sociable people to bring HMS Unicorn’s history to life for our visitors. We’re the oldest ship in Scotland so there’s lots of stories to tell about our past! You will be trained to give tours of HMS Unicorn to our visitors and answer their questions. You’ll develop an understanding of and enthusiasm for our historic ship combined with excellent customer service and communication skills. Volunteers will be given relevant training and support by the Volunteering, Engagement and Learning Officer. Giving tours will involve being able to move between decks using the ladderways (only ways of access) around the ship. The key tasks will include: • Learning about the history of HMS Unicorn. • Working with members of the public – giving tours and answering questions in a helpful and friendly way. • Supporting the Museum staff in acting as the main point of welcome for all visitors to HMS Unicorn. To apply get in touch with our Volunteering, Engagement and Learning Officer, Caroline Taylor, at caroline@hmsunicorn.org.uk (preferred) or 01382 200900. You will be asked to fill out a short application form followed by a quick informal interview.

We are looking for friendly, sociable people who will be able to help us out with our events and activities on board HMS Unicorn, including our talks, holiday activities, pirate fun days and school groups. You will assist with the organisation and running of these events, as well as contributing ideas for future events and activities. You will develop excellent communication, organisational and public engagement skills as well as a creative flair. Volunteers will be given relevant training and support by the Volunteering, Engagement and Learning Officer. The key tasks will include: • Working with people of all ages, especially children • Being friendly and helpful to our visitors to give them a great experience at our events • Assisting the Volunteering, Engagement and Learning Officer in the design and delivery of diverse activities and materials To apply get in touch with our Volunteering, Engagement and Learning Officer, Caroline Taylor, at caroline@hmsunicorn.org.uk (preferred) or 01382 200900. You will be asked to fill out a short application form followed by a quick informal interview.

We are looking for practical people who will help us to maintain the general upkeep of HMS Unicorn for our visitors now and in the future. This will be done through cleaning and other practical tasks on board the ship and on the dockside and approach to the ship. There will also be the opportunity to assist the Maintenance Officer with longer ongoing projects on board the ship. You will develop an enthusiasm for our historic ship and knowledge of its layout and structure as well as practical skills in keeping it clean and presentable. Volunteers will be given relevant training and supported in these activities. The key tasks will include: • Sweeping the decks • Weeding and maintaining the garden areas in the dockside • Maintaining the windows and gun ports • Cleaning out different areas of the ship • Carrying out other practical tasks as directed by staff To apply get in touch with our Volunteering, Engagement and Learning Officer, Caroline Taylor, at caroline@hmsunicorn.org.uk (preferred) or 01382 200900. You will be asked to fill out a short application form followed by a quick informal interview.

We are looking for organised, thorough people who will help us to improve the knowledge associated with our collection and the ease with which we can find relevant information about our museum objects. This will be done through updating Axiell Collections, our online collections management database, and processing our accession sheets, handwritten sheets that give descriptions of the objects in HMS Unicorn’s collection. You will develop an excellent attention to detail, good organisational and communication skills, and computer literacy. Volunteers will be given relevant training and supported in these activities by the Volunteering, Engagement and Learning Officer, but a degree of computer literacy is required for this role. The key tasks will include: • Learning to use Axiell Collections – our collections management database. • Typing information from handwritten documents into our database. • Reviewing previously entered information for errors. • Taking photographs of objects and/or measuring object dimensions To apply get in touch with our Volunteering, Engagement and Learning Officer, Caroline Taylor, at caroline@hmsunicorn.org.uk (preferred) or 01382 200900. You will be asked to fill out a short application form followed by a quick informal interview.