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.


  • 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!


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.

The Tattoo is now accepting volunteer applications! Please click here to apply or email [email protected] with any questions!

Volunteer Positions

Volunteers 7

Assistant Arena Masters

The Assistant Arena Masters are vital to the success of the Tattoo, as they act as curtain operators and efficiency checkers by maintaining order and flow at the curtains at all entrances/exits to the arena floor and stage area and ensuring performers are able to enter and exit smoothly.

Volunteer Period: June 13 to July 1*

Volunteers 3

Backstage Marshals

Backstage Marshals play a key role behind the scenes by maintaining order at rehearsals and shows. This involves keeping noise levels down, acting as security by checking IDs and credentials at entrances, and ensuring that all performers follow the safety rules.

Volunteer Period: June 21 to July 1*

Volunteers 2

Set Dressing Assistants

Set Dressing Assistants support the Backstage Manager and production crew in the dressing, covering and decorating of the stage set and arena floor performance area; and inspect and maintain all dressings, coverings and decorations prior to each performance.

Volunteer Period: June 13 – July 1*

Volunteers 1

Tattoo Ambassadors

Tattoo Ambassadors represent the show at all performances and at select Festival events around Halifax. They distribute playbills and promo materials and must be able to work independently, as part of a team, and have an ability to work with the public and stand for extended periods.

Volunteer Period: June 28 to July 1*

Volunteers 5

Backstage Tour Guides

Backstage Tour Guides must be energetic and knowledgeable about the Tattoo, as they are trained to give tours to people from all over the world who want to see behind the scenes at the show. These tours take place prior to each show (except July 1) and consist of roughly 20-25 people per tour.

Volunteer Period: June 28 to July 1*

Volunteers 4

Photography Assistants

Photography Assistants get the flashy job of assisting the Tattoo Marketing Department in gathering advertising and promo materials by snapping photos backstage, at rehearsals, and potentially even at full shows. If you’re interested, please submit an online portfolio of your work.

Volunteer Period: June 15 to July 1*

Volunteers 6


The Tattoo Production Office is a central command area, and as an Administration volunteer, you’ll be a helpful pair of hands in assisting the administrative staff in issuing IDs, printing and distributing memos, and helping out with other logistical duties in support of Tattoo staff, cast and crew!

Volunteer Period: June 13 to July 1*

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Marketing Assistants

Marketing Assistants are jacks-of-all-trades in assisting the Tattoo Marketing Department. This is a year-round opportunity that will see you do everything from distribute brochures, hosting Festival events, assisting in social media and more! Apply if you’re looking for marketing experience!

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

“The Tattoo is one of the best highlights of any Nova Scotia summer. It makes one feel very proud to be Nova Scotian.”

Bev Cheverie

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