Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo

Get Involved With One of Halifax's Biggest Events

We are planning the 2021 Tattoo production and will need volunteers!

Please indicate your interest in volunteering for next year’s show and we’ll contact you when we’re in a position to welcome everyone back together.

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 set assistants, 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 15 to July 8, which is the peak time for volunteering in all areas.
The Tattoo is now accepting volunteer applications! Please click here to apply.

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 Preview Show*
  • An exclusive Cast T-shirt*
  • Tattoo ID Badge*
  • And more

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

What Our Volunteers Say!

Cathie Bezanson

“I have only missed one day [since 1995] and always make sure I get my Tattoo vacation approved even before my Christmas vacation!”

1995 – Present 

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

“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

Control and coordinate acts/scenes as they enter/leave the arena floor during rehearsals and shows. Prior experience as a Set Assistant is helpful.

Volunteer Period: June 15 to July 8*

Support the cast and crew of the Tattoo and their needs by acting as a driver, coach coordinator or dispatch.

Volunteer Period: June 20 to July 8*

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 27 to July 4*

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 15 to July 8*

Tattoo Extras are used in the show to add flair to historical scenes. If you want to be a Tattoo Extra, you must be willing to make the commitment to be available for fittings, all required rehearsals and all performances.

Volunteer Period: June 10 to July 8*

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 required for this key position

Volunteer Period: June 27 to July 4

Distribute posters and brochures throughout the Halifax Regional Municipality or other parts of the province, depending on your location. If you live outside Halifax and want to volunteer, this provides the opportunity to remain in your home area for volunteering.

Volunteer Period: May 15 to July 4*

If you are handy with a hammer or a paint brush, this is the perfect spot for you! Our Props department is always looking for enthusiastic people to build and repair props. Carpentry experience is a definite asset, but not a requirement. Props volunteers are also required periodically throughout the year.

Volunteer Period: May 1 to July 8*

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 27 to July 4*

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

Volunteer Period: June 12 to July 8*

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

Dressers assist the Wardrobe department in ensuring that all performers are dressed properly for every show. Assistants may be called upon for some sewing, hemming, or other costume repairs.

Volunteer Period: June 10 to July 8*

*Dates are approximate.

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