2020: 58 Callouts | 2019: 61 Callouts

Joining the team

There are two main types of membership:

Search & Rescue (applications are closed for 2021)

Support (applications for 2021 are on hold)

Joining as a Search and Rescue member

Applications for S&R have now closed for 2021.

The following sections provide an overview of the current recruitment and probationary process. The steps outlined below are currently under review and may change so please take the following as general guidance only at this stage.

You will need to be fit and healthy enough to undertake physical tasks in all weathers. You must be a competent hill walker, usually with at least four years of quality hill experience. Climbing or mountaineering experience is an advantage but by no means essential. You should have the equipment and skills necessary to look after yourself outdoors in all weathers.

You must also be willing to work as part of a team, live in our operational area (see map on this page), have regular access to your own transport and be prepared to commit a very significant amount of your time. Do not underestimate the time commitment involved – not just for call-outs (which can come at anytime, often in the early hours of a morning) but also for our weekly Wednesday evening training evenings plus five or six practice weekends a year. In addition there is an expectation that you will be available for a wide range of events including assisting with fundraising activities – these tend to be additional weekend commitments. Also bear in mind the potential disruption to your life; as already mentioned, call-outs can come at anytime of the day or night, sometimes lasting for many hours and often interrupting family and social plans.

We tend to have just one intake per year, normally in September. Some years we may not recruit at all. You can currently register your interest at any time (this advice may change) – but you may have a lengthy wait until the next recruitment process starts. If so, in the meantime, you could consider becoming a Support member (subject to there being any vacancies) but only when applications for that are invited as they are currently on hold due to COVID-19.

Application for S&R membership is currently welcome from anyone who is 18 or over. To register your interest, email Team Recruitment at recruitment@clevelandmrt.org.uk (but as stated the process including registration may change in the coming months).

The following timescales and arrangements are are likely to change significantly during 2021 partly due to the impact of COVID-19 restrictions but mainly owing to the on-going review of our recruitment processes. So the following is only a guide based upon previous arrangements – they will change!

Once you have registered your interest (via the above email address) and when we next start recruiting you will be asked to complete an application form. Once that form is submitted, subject to an assessment of it, you may be required to attend our Base for an open evening in order to meet members of the Team and to find out more about what membership involves. Note – for 2021 applicants the open evening will not take place.

Currently, those candidates who wish to pursue their application beyond the open evening are then invited to complete a daylight navigation and hill-craft assessment. During this assessment you must be able to prove that you have the ability to move competently over rough upland terrain, navigate using an Ordnance Survey map and compass to any given location arriving in reasonable time and in a reasonable condition (so your hill fitness will also be assessed). This process, in particular, is subject to review at the moment and will probably be significantly extended in scope.

If you pass the navigation / hill-fitness assessment (or whatever may replace it following the review), you will be required to attend training sessions as a ‘prospective member’ for a period of 10-12 weeks, normally every Wednesday evening plus one weekend between September and December. If you can’t commit to the majority of those sessions then you should not apply!

During that period you will be required to submit to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check organised by the Team.

At the end of this initial training period your progress will be considered by the Committee and if satisfactory you will progress to ‘probationary status’.

You would then have to complete at least 12-months as a probationer and be subject to continuous training and assessment during this time. During your probation you will have to pass a night-time navigation assessment. Shortly before or after the 12-months you will be required to undergo a half-day final assessment. Only then will the Committee make a decision whether or not to make you a full Team member. At some point after that you will be added to the call-out list as a Search and Rescue member. Please remember that the timing and nature of the above assessment process and the requirements of the probationary period are currently under review. It is highly likely that much of this will change during 2021. It is included here purely to provide a ‘flavour’ of the type of steps you may be expected to undertake.

In addition to acquiring technical search and rescue skills, you must realise that you will be joining a dedicated team of volunteers, where team-work is not simply an addition to the normal workload, but is an integral part of the role. It is again stressed that the time commitment is significant and should not be underestimated!

We will not be recruiting again until 2022 at the earliest – at the moment you can register your interest via recruitment@clevelandmrt.org.uk.

Joining as a Support member

Please note that due to the COVID-19 restrictions, applications to join the Team are currently on hold. The advice below is what normally applies but at the present time we are not entertaining any new applications although you may register your interest (see email address below).

Our Support members help with:

  • Arranging, attending and assisting with fundraising events
  • Helping with catering at events
  • Check points and administration on walks and races
  • ‘Bodying’ for training exercises
  • Representing the team at community events
  • Assisting with maintenance of the base, vehicles and equipment

This is not an exhaustive list and in addition to this we would like to hear from you if you have a specialist skill that you feel you could bring to the Team.

All these roles are ‘non-operational’ but essential so that the Team can continue to grow, be successful and support our local communities when called upon. Even a small commitment of a couple of hours makes a big difference, do not be concerned that you will be required in the middle of the night in the snow and rain, we have a team of committed Search and Rescue members who do all that!

Some of our Support members have gone on to be Search and Rescue members so you may find this role ideal whilst waiting for S&R opportunities to arise or to see if that is for you.

Owing to the COVID-19 restrictions the process outlined below does not currently apply. Hopefully this will be clarified later during 2021.

Support member applications can be made at any time but intakes will take place only twice per year normally in April and October (if vacancies exist). You will join as a probationer and will receive inputs on the history and role of the Team, be shown the workings of the Base and our equipment and undertake Basic Life Support training. After a probationary period (variable duration depending upon your availability and commitment) you will move from ‘probationary’ to ‘full member’ status subject to having completed the training and having attended a number of Team meetings and events.

You will be required to submit to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check organised by the Team.

If you miss the April and October intakes there will still be some opportunities to help for example as a ‘body’ on training events in the meantime. To apply to become a Support member please email the Support & Fundraising Officer at fundraisers@clevelandmrt.org.uk. On your email please make it clear that you are aware of the current hold on new applications due to COVID-19 and ask to be put on the waiting list, to be notified when recruitment restarts.

Join the team

Applications can be made to join the team in a support role (Operational Support) or as a hill going (Search and Rescue) member.

Applications for either role can be made at any time. Intakes for Operational Support members occur at various times of the year. There is one annual intake for Search and Rescue normally each September.

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