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Have you read our FAQs, and feel that you are a good candidate with a can-do attitude, and most of all want to give back to the community?
Becoming a Search and Rescue volunteer means bringing forth a strong commitment to service. Are you prepared to commit time for training, be on call 24-7, and able to take direction while working in our great outdoors?

Things to consider
Central Okanagan Search & Rescue attends to an average of 50 calls for service per year. Each task can last from 4 to 12 hours in length. Do you have the time?
We train weekly (Thursday nights), and the expectation is for all members to attend training and maintain their skills and knowledge. Are you committed to long-term learning?
Do you possess backcountry skills, are physically fit, familiar with our local area, and have a desire to commit to a team atmosphere? Do you have something that is an asset to the team? Do you enjoy adventure?

If you are up to the challenge and committed to a worthwhile community service. Then drop us a line.

A public information session will be held at 7:00 PM on Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 at Okanagan College in Kelowna, Room H-115.

Please fill out an Application Form and submit it, along with the supporting documentation to
Applications for the current recruitment cycle will be accepted until 5 PM on November 17th, 2017.

A complete application package requires:

  • Completed application form
  • Personal Resume, complete with references
  • Valid BC Drivers Licence (copy) with Motor Vehicle Branch Driver's Abstract
  • RCMP Criminal Records Check: Can be completed online (Use access code: RM665F456X)
  • Copies of all previous SAR Certification, and documents referenced in the application.

Only those applicants who are short-listed for an interview will be contacted.

Our recruiting process consists of:

  • Application
  • Panel interview
  • Interview Hike
  • Attendance and successful completion of the Province of BC – 70 hours GSAR (ground search and rescue course).
  • All candidates are on probation for a one year term.
  • All candidates and team members are governed by a set of professional standards and a code of conduct / professional standards

Candidates must be prepared to possess all equipment necessary to respond and survive in alpine, mountainous and wilderness situations, including severe weather. Upon successful completion of training and probation, COSAR will provide team members with uniforms and some standardized equipment.