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Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency implements the government’s maritime safety policy in the UK.and works to prevent the loss of life on the coast and at sea.

We provide a 24-hour maritime search and rescue service around the UK coast and in the international search and rescue region through HM Coastguard and inspect and survey ships to ensure that they are meeting UK and international safety rules. We also provide certification to seafarers, register vessels and respond to pollution from shipping and offshore installations.

We have permanent, fixed term jobs and volunteering opportunities.

What to expect as a volunteer

As a coastguard rescue officer you:

  • could be called out at any time of the day or night
  • may have to work in hazardous situations for long hours
  • may have to carry out physically demanding tasks, eg carrying heavy equipment to rescue sites

As a volunteer you won’t be paid. You can claim a small amount for your time and expenses.

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Volunteering and working

You can have a full time job and still be a coastguard rescue officer.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency will write to your employer telling them that you’re a rescue officer and asking if you can respond to emergencies during work hours.

You can still go on holiday – just let your coastguard manager know when you’re going to be away.


As a public body, we publish regular information about what our equality and diversity objectives are and how we’re meeting them.

We treat all our staff fairly, providing equality and diversity in all areas of employment, regardless of:

  • race, ethnic or national origin
  • age
  • religion or belief
  • sex or gender identity
  • marital status
  • disability
  • sexual orientation
  • working pattern
  • employment status
  • caring responsibility
  • trade union membership


Benefits at Maritime and Coastguard Agency

List of all the benefits that Maritime and Coastguard Agency are offering their employees. Benefits may vary depending on role, location and length of service.

  • Pension Scheme
  • Flexible Working

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