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Get Involved with one of Halifax's Biggest Events

The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo relies heavily on volunteers, some of whom have been involved since the Tattoo’s beginning in 1979. Volunteers travel from as far away as the Bahamas and Scotland every year just to be a part of this show!

If you would like to join the volunteer team, please complete the application form.

The time commitment varies with each position. For instance, in addition to the production period, Props volunteers are required periodically throughout the year while Arena Masters are required only during the production period. The production period, which is from approximately June 15 to July 08, is the peak time for volunteering in all areas. The more flexible you are, the more likely you are to be chosen to volunteer.


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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.


Ways to get Involved


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

Volunteer Period –  June 15 to  July 6*


Assist the staff in the Production Office by answering the telephones, 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 6*


Marshals maintain order backstage.  Duties may include keeping noise levels down during performances, security (such as checking IDs at entrances), and ensuring performers are following safety rules.

Volunteer Period – June 27 to  July 6*


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

Volunteer Period – June 15 to July 6*


Tattoo Extras are used in the show wherever bodies are needed to complete a scene. Extras must be willing to make the commitment to be available for fittings, all required rehearsals and performances.

Volunteer Period – June 10 to July 6*

(formerly Friend of the Tattoo)

Represent the Tattoo at matinee and evening performances both at the Scotiabank  Centre and select noon hour Festival events around the HRM. Ability to work both independently and as part of the team distributing Playbill style programs and other promotion literature. Ability to interact with the public and stand for extended periods of time required for this key position

Volunteer Period - June 29 to July 06*


Distribute posters and brochures throughout the HRM or other parts of the province. If you live outside HRM, this provides the opportunity to remain in your home area for volunteering.

Be sure to complete Part 3B on the Volunteer Application form if you are applying for this position.

Volunteer Period – May 15 to July 6*


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 6*


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

Volunteer Period -  June 29 to July 6*


Dressers assist the Wardrobe department in ensuring the 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 6*

*These are approximate starting dates. Actual starting date may vary.


Looking to gain marketing experience? Volunteer in the Marketing Office at the Tattoo!

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!


Sing your heart out with the Tattoo Adult or Youth choir. 

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