MIT Recruitment

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue typically recruits Members In Training (MITs) every two years.

All MITs will undergo a probationary period at which point the Executive Team will review each applicant (MIT) for recommendation as an operational COSAR team member.


Training is a critical component of being a competent and reliable team member. All training is provided to members free of charge through the approval of the Executive Team and delivered via professional training organizations such as JIBC, Rescue Canada, and others. MIT’s will be required to successfully complete the GSAR (Ground Search and Rescue) within one year of joining the team. This course is considered the foundation/base requirement for all operational search and rescue technicians.


COSAR members are on-call 24/7 and as an operational member, you will be expected to respond to a minimum of 50% of tasks/call outs and a majority of training events (typically Thursday nights from 7pm to 9pm).

Regular attendance to tasks and training events is the key to keeping skills sharp, building teamwork and trust, and ultimately being part of an important group that saves lives.

Before you apply, please understand that we expect all members to contribute a minimum of 200 hrs per year. Many of our members contribute well over 1000 hours per year. Did we mention this is a volunteer position? If the time commitment has not scared you off, please continue with your application!

Applications NOW CLOSED!

The application process for COSARs 2022 Member In Training Program closed at midnight on Oct. 31, 2021.

Thank you to everyone that submitted an application. Due to the large volume of applications, we will only be contacting those applicants who make it on to the next round of the process.