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Becoming a Search and Rescue volunteer requires a significant time commitment and a passion for helping your community.

PenSAR is actively recruiting

Applications for new members are now being accepted for an intake of new Operational Members, as well as Resource Members for Fall 2023.

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Operational Member Application

Resource Member Application

Submit completed applications here


Are you prepared to be on call 24/7, attend regular training, and work as part of a team in challenging situations and all weather conditions?

  • Do you have the time? Penticton Search and Rescue responds to an average of 70 calls for service per year. Each task can last anywhere from a couple of hours to multiple days

  • Are you committed to long-term learning? We train weekly, every Monday evening. All members are required to attend and train as a team to maintain necessary skills and knowledge

  • Do you have:

    • Experience in the outdoors and a passion for adventure

    • A first-aid certificate

    • Mapping/navigation experience

    • Other relevant skills or experience

  • Are you:

    • Physically fit

    • Familiar with our local trail systems

    • Able to take direction and work as part of a team


Our recruiting process consists of an application and resume review followed by interviews and practical skills assessments.



  • Be 19 years of age or older

  • Valid BC Drivers license

  • Drivers Abstract

  • RCMP Criminal Records Check (Vulnerable Sector)

  • Attendance and successful completion of the 120 hour Ground Search and Rescue (GSAR) course, provided by PENSAR

  • Agreement to adhere to our professional standards and code of conduct

  • All candidates will be on probation for 6 months commencing at the completion of the GSAR course.



  • RCMP Criminal Records Check (Vulnerable Sector)

  • Agreement to adhere to our professional standards and code of conduct

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