Bev Allen on the beach

Join our team

Join our team

At HM Coastguard we’re always on the lookout for new talent. From volunteer positions to full-time careers, there are many ways to get involved depending on what suits you.

Our people come from many different backgrounds but one thing brings us all together – working to save lives.

Whatever role you’re searching for, you can be sure you’ll be making a real difference.

Volunteer with HM Coastguard
Careers with HM Coastguard
Other ways to get involved
Careers with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) is the wider executive agency responsible for HM Coastguard, working to prevent the loss of life at sea. The MCA is responsible for a variety of services from legislation and ship registration, to surveys and inspection. Safer lives, safer ships, cleaner seas – that’s what the MCA is all about.

Bristow Group helicopter air crew

Helicopter air crew

Our search and rescue helicopter services are provided by Bristow Group and we work closely with them to develop skilled individuals and highly talented crewmembers, from engineers to winch operators and pilots. If you’re looking to join HM Coastguard within the helicopter crew, you’ll need to apply via Bristow Group.

Royal National Lifeboat Institution

RNLI and independent lifeboats

We work with partners such as the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and independent lifeboats to help save lives at sea. If you're passionate about supporting your community, getting involved with your local lifeboat station might be for you.


Two fixed wing air craft flying at sunset and a crew member inside the aircraft

Fixed wing air crew 

2Excel Aviation provides the fixed wing “search” element for our search and rescue, and the aircraft are packed with highly sophisticated mission equipment designed so that the skilled pilots and operators can locate those in distress. Each aircraft’s capabilities have been developed and built “end to end” by the company in-house.  

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