Volunteer as a City Skipper

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered as a City Skipper for the 36th America's Cup in Auckland! Due to the high volume of applications we've received so far, we are no longer accepting additional expressions of interest during the PRADA Cup. Check back for updates closer to the 36th America's Cup Match in March. 

Learn more about being a City Skipper!

City Skippers are the host-city volunteers for the 36th America’s Cup. This volunteer programme is being led by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) as lead-Auckland Council agency for the events. 

We are looking for volunteers who: 
-    Have a positive attitude,
-    Thrive in a team environment,
-    Are approachable, friendly and keen to ‘go the extra mile,’
-    Can be flexible and adaptive – willing to work in a range of roles across different dates and times,
-    Will be an outstanding ambassador for Auckland and New Zealand. 

Anyone who will be 16 years old by 12 December 2020 is more than welcome to sign up.

City Skippers play a vital role in ensuring the 36th America’s Cup is accessible and inviting for Auckland and Aucklanders. As a volunteer, you will support the 36th America’s Cup campaign by working in a range of roles, from wayfinding to general operational support and spectator management and helping out at activation sites.     

City Skippers are all about providing a world-class experience and supporting Auckland during the 36th America’s Cup. As part of this, you'll receive a condensed version of ATEED's Tū Mai Ambassador Programme - specially designed to help us share our manaakitanga with all visitors and guests.  

City Skippers will be at the heart of the action during the 36th America’s Cup and have opportunities to meet new people and help Auckland shine on the world stage. City Skippers will also learn new skills and gain valuable volunteering experience for their CV. Additionally, City Skippers will receive:

City Skipper volunteers will also receive: 

  • A City Skippers volunteer uniform
  • Meal and refreshments at each shift, as well as free transport to and from shifts
  • Training, including Tū Mai accreditation and training with Be. Lab, New Zealand’s leading accessibility innovation and ATEED’s access partners for the 36th America’s Cup.
  • Invitation to an exclusive ‘Volunteer thank you’ event at the conclusion of the 36th America’s Cup Match

The 36th America’s Cup begins in December 2020 and ends in March 2021 with City Skippers rostered on throughout. It is expected that volunteers each commit to a minimum of six six-hour shifts during this period. 

For the safety of visitors and other volunteers, City Skippers must undergo a Ministry of Justice third-party criminal convictions check. Please note there is no cost for this and volunteers with a recent clearance (no older than 24 months) will not need to repeat this step. It's also important to note that if your check is still processing at the time of your first shift, that is okay. You are still welcome to volunteer.

If you’ve volunteered for ATEED events in the past, welcome back! We’re delighted to have you on board. If the Ministry of Justice convictions check we have on file for you is older than 24 months, however, we will need to ask you to provide a new one.   

City Skippers living outside of Auckland are more than welcome to apply, so long as they can be here for the minimum shift requirements. Unfortunately, volunteers living overseas with no arranged plans to travel to New Zealand will also not be accepted due to COVID-19 border restrictions.

Absolutely. All applicants will be considered, and the City Skipper team will work to match volunteers with roles for which they’re best suited.

Volunteers and ambassadors will be crucial to ensuring the 36th America’s Cup in Auckland is not only thrilling and exciting, but safe and sustainable too. City Skippers are just one piece of this puzzle. A range of other local and central government agencies, clubs and organisations will also be hard at work on-land and on-water, including the Official 36th America's Cup Cup Crew and Kaihāpai volunteers. 

Have more questions?

Our friendly team is here to help. 

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