Get Involved with Nova Scotia’s Premier Summer Spectacle!


The Tattoo relies heavily on the support of its volunteer base—some of whom have been involved from the very beginning, and some of whom travel from as far away as the Bahamas and England just to be part of the show!

The Tattoo is always looking for skilled and friendly volunteers to help in all areas, from props and costumes to backstage marshaling and assistant arena masters, marketing and admin support to transportation and tour guides.

Please note:

  • Time commitments vary with each position. The more flexible you are, the more likely you are to be chosen to volunteer.
  • The Tattoo production period runs from June 13 to July 3, which is the peak time for volunteering in all areas. The tear down period runs from July 4-8 and some positions will require volunteers.
  • The Tattoo needs volunteers all year-round!

The Tattoo is now accepting volunteer applications! Please click here to apply or email Ally Pedvis, Corporate Sales & Partnerships Manager, here with any questions!

Get Involved, Get Rewarded!

Aside from being a part of one of the most exciting summer events in Halifax, you will come away with a sense of pride and patriotism by having contributed to the success of this world-renowned event. You will meet people from many different countries and no doubt make many new friends.

You will also receive:

  • Two tickets to the Show*
  • An exclusive Cast T-shirt*
  • Tattoo ID Badge*
  • And more!

*Volunteers must work at least 20 hours to receive benefits.

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Volunteer Positions

Operating the curtains at the entrances/exits to the arena floor under direction of the Arena Masters and assist with the efficient entry and exit of performers.

Volunteer Period: June 13 to July 1*

Backstage Marshals maintain order behind the scenes by keeping noise levels down during performances, acting as security (such as checking IDs at entrances), and ensuring performers are following safety rules.

Volunteer Period: June 21 to July 1*

Support the Back Stage Manager and production crew in the dressing, covering and decorating of the stage set and arena floor performance area. Set Dressing Assistants will also be responsible for the inspection and maintenance of all dressings, covers and decorations prior to the beginning of each performance.

Volunteer Period: June 13 – July 1 (shifts to be determined soon)*

Represent the Tattoo at matinee and evening performances both at the Scotiabank Centre and select noon hour Festival events around Halifax. Ability to work both independently and as part of the team distributing playbills and other promotional literature, and ability to interact with the public and stand for extended periods of time is required for this key position.

Volunteer Period: June 28 to July 1

Guide backstage tours of the Scotiabank Centre prior to the show (excluding Canada Day). Tours usually consist of 20-25 people. Must be energetic, enthusiastic about the Tattoo, and able to comfortably speak in front of large groups of people. Knowledge of the Tattoo and its history is preferred.

Volunteer Period: June 28 to July 1*

Snap pictures backstage or of the rehearsals for the Tattoo Marketing Department to use in advertising and social media. Potential to shoot entire shows. Please be ready to submit an online portfolio of your work if you select this opportunity.

Volunteer Period: June 15 to July 1*

Assist the admin staff in the Production Office by issuing IDs, printing and distributing memos, and other logistical duties in support of the cast and staff.

Volunteer Period: June 13 to July 1*

Looking to gain marketing experience? We’re looking for energetic, social, forward-thinking volunteers to help us with everything from brochure distribution, to street team duties, event hosting, social media, and more!

If you’re a student hoping to learn valuable marketing skills, or if you’re a social butterfly, we want to hear from you!

Volunteer Period: Year-round

*Dates are approximate.

What Our Volunteers Say!

Juergen Riedel, Props/Pyro

Juergen Riedel

“Every year is a wonderful experience where we do great things, meet wonderful people…it would be hard to pass up such a wonderful and fulfilling opportunity… The Tattoo is all about family, fun and appreciation for my contribution. I love being a part of something BIG!”

2007 – Present 

Russell Farrell, Backstage/Sewing Superstar
Russell Farrell
Backstage/Sewing Superstar

“I am no longer part of any band but felt the need to be involved with the Tattoo. When I was not on the floor at the Scotiabank Centre, I was in my band’s area always sewing something for someone. So, I decided to volunteer in the Costume Shop in 2012. Ever since then, I’ve had my own station backstage to sew for the cast.”

1986 – Present

Kate Haley, Hairstylist
Kate Haley

“The Tattoo means a lot to me. It’s a family tradition that I really enjoy doing every year. It’s something I want to share with my kids. It’s what makes it so special to me.”

1991 – Present

“It was an amazing first-time experience. Would recommend if anyone could afford it to go. It made my heart and soul proud. I have so much more respect. I always admire our military and have family who have served.”

Tanya Bowser

Photos by Stoo Metz, David Baillieul, Hamish Gordon & others.
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