Volunteer as a City Skipper

We need your help bringing Auckland to life during the 36th America’s Cup presented by PRADA! Get in the heart of the action by volunteering as an Auckland City Skipper. This is your chance to help Tāmaki Makaurau shine on the world stage and support our region as we come together to rally behind Team New Zealand

We are looking for people who will play a crucial role in making this an exciting and accessible event in Auckland. If you love major events, working with the public and are excited to share your passion for Auckland and New Zealand, we’d love to hear from you. 

Will you be 16 years or older on 12 December 2020?*

The 36th America's Cup runs from December to March. During which months would you be interested and available for volunteering?* (You will be able to select specific dates and shifts later, depending on your availability.)

Have you volunteered at any ATEED events before?*

Do you have an recent (less than 24 months) Ministry of Justice criminal convictions check?* (Please note, if you are an international student you already will have completed this step during your visa application)

Is there any additional information we might need to know for you to be successful as a City Skipper?


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
-    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 4-6 six-hour shifts during this period. City Skippers will also be required to attend pre-event sessions in November. 

For the safety of visitors and other volunteers, all 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.

The first step is to register your interest above.    

You’ll be asked whether you have a recent (no older than two years) Ministry of Justice - third party criminal convictions check. If you do, you’ll need to share this with us along with a copy of your photo ID* by emailing the two documents to: ac36volunteers@aucklandnz.com. If you don’t, you will need to complete the convictions check.

Please note there is no cost for this and we are on-hand to help coordinate this important step. 

Once we receive a copy of your ID and background check, we’ll be in touch using the details provided to invite you to an informal interview in October. This is to ensure you're a good fit for the City Skippers programme and that we can tailor roles to your skills and experience. 

All City Skippers will also be required to attend a volunteer briefing (three hours, to be scheduled in November) to learn more about the event and your roles. 

Once enrolled, we'll be in touch over email to share news and updates, get more information about shift preferences, t-shirt size and other details.

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 requirements described above (4-6 shifts during the event period as well as pre-event volunteer sessions in November). 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. Learn more Learn more and register your interest here.

Yes, you certainly can! The minimum requirement for City Skippers is 4-6 shifts throughout the event period, while Cup Crew / Kaihāpai will be required to complete 10. If you are keen to participate in both programmes, please be sure to register using the correct databases. 

Have more questions?

Our friendly team is here to help. 

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