Volunteer

Squamish Search and Rescue recruits members often

Our members dedicate hundreds of hours annually to perform land, air and water-based rescues and searches for the Sea to Sky region. We respond 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and we need your support. 

If you’re interested in joining our team, please read the following requirements carefully and submit an application below.

Photo: Anne Price

Requirements and Skills

There are two membership categories that prospective members may consider.

You are an active outdoor enthusiast who enjoys helping people. No prior SAR experience is needed, but we require ample availability, willingness and the aptitude to work as part of a team.

Prospective members must be a resident of Squamish and preference will be given to those applicants wishing to be involved in field operations who demonstrate excellent wilderness and backcountry travel skills in all seasons and familiarity with the local area. Field members must be physically fit and possess the appropriate basic field equipment required to respond safely for a minimum 24 hour period.

Only a small portion of the hours contributed to SSAR annually include search and rescue operations.

The team has many administrative, governance, logistics, awareness, prevention, planning and communication needs. Individuals wishing to join the team in a support role, do so to fulfill an identified need so do not require any additional training and do not need to be physically capable of responding in the field.

Expectations

If you want to be an active response member, you will join the team as a member in training (MIT), you will be required to attend tasks throughout the year as well as 100% of the Ground Search and Rescue (GSAR) course taking place Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the fall of that year.  The GSAR program is administered by the Justice Institute of BC and provides an introduction to search and rescue operations and core skills used by all search and rescue teams throughout the province.

Throughout the year, new members are evaluated by senior team members in both training and operational environments. Upon successful completion of the GSAR program – and demonstration of commitment to the team – MITs are eligible to be voted in as active members at the subsequent AGM.

Squamish Search and Rescue is a commitment that should not be taken lightly. Many members invest hundreds of hours of volunteer time in any given year. Please consider this carefully and reflect on your ability to dedicate a large portion of your free time to the team.

Tasks and training will take you away from friends, family and work, often at inconvenient times. Tasks (we average 90-110 per year) are completed at any hour of the day or night and can last for hours or days. Many tasks occur during evenings, weekends and holidays. You must be available and prepared to respond at these times.

All of our members are volunteers. There is no pay for training or responding to operations and members are also required to provide all of their own basic personal equipment. Under some circumstances, there may be reimbursement for certain task-related expenses.

Application Procedure

If you think you would be a good fit for our team, please fill out an application form. Our application forms will be visible during recruitment periods.

Next recruitment period is planned for…

November 2022 - December 24, 2022

If you have any questions, please contact info@squamishsar.org