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 but the application process may start as early as January. Some years we may not recruit at all. Anyone who is 18 or over can apply for S&R membership – but only when we invite applications via this page and advertise vacancies on social media.
The following timescales and arrangements may change due to the on-going review of our recruitment and probationary processes. So the following is only a guide based upon previous arrangements and the emerging proposals from the review. Do not take the following as set in stone!
You will first be asked to complete an application form. Subject to an assessment of your application, you may be invited to attend our Base for an open evening in order to meet Team members and to find out more about what membership involves.
Those candidates who wish to pursue their application beyond the open evening are then invited to a selection day. The selection day may take place on a weekend in early summer (possibly June) so please be aware of that requirement – it will be mandatory to attend and there will only be one day available. Further details will be published here when the current review is complete.
If you are successful on the selection day 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 Search and Rescue probationer and be subject to continuous training and assessment during that time. At some point during this period you will be added to the call-out list. Shortly before or after the 12-months you will be required to undergo a final assessment. Only then will the Committee make a decision whether or not to make you a full Team 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 some of this will change! 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 – there is no requirement to register your interest and please do not attempt to apply yet. Applications will be invited via this page and on social media so please ‘follow us’ and don’t miss out when vacancies arise.
If you have a general enquiry about the requirements please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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.
Applications to become a Support member will be invited when vacancies arise (they will be published on this page and advertised via social media). Support members join as probationary members 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.
Remember – if you wish to become a Support member please follow us on social media and wait for vacancies to be advertised (we do not maintain a waiting list).
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.Join Now