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

PENSAR is not accepting appliations at this time.

Applications for new members closed Sept 15/23. 


If you are interested in joining our team, please check back for future dates with our next new member intake. 

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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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