Recruiting for our Fall 2017 Class is now Closed! Check back again in July 2018.
The ideal candidate will possess all or most of the following criteria:
- High level of physical fitness (i.e. able to carry a backpack that weighs 20-50 pounds in uneven terrain over long distances, able to lift weights that exceed 50 pounds)
- Good knowledge of local trails and Forest Service Roads (Norrish Creek, Lost Creek, Stave Lake area)
- Experience hiking, climbing, camping
- Basic First Aid or CPR
- Owns some of the following outdoor equipment in good repair (i.e. backpack, hiking boots, technical fabric clothing, GPS, compass)
- Employed or self-sufficient, with employer approval (they should understand the commitment and be all right with you potentially being late/missing work due to a task)
- Able to commit 3 years minimum to the team
- Lives within 30 minutes of our base in Mission
- Owns a reliable car with a class 5 license
- Owns a cellphone (required)
Are you still interested in volunteering? Take this short quiz to find out how well suited you are to being a member of Mission Search & Rescue. Your score will help you determine if you have what it takes. And it’s fun too!
- Can you take care of yourself in the wild?
- Are you afraid of the dark?
- Do you have any first aid training?
- Do you have your own personal outdoor equipment – backpack, hiking boots, tent, camp song..?
- Can you make a minimum 3 year commitment to the team?
- Are your employer and family fully supportive of your decision to join the team? (We’re on call 24/7 on a rotating schedule – can you be flexible?)
- Are you physically fit?
- Have you done the Dewdney Grind or Grouse Grind in under 30 minutes?
- How about under 60 minutes?
- You’re not sure what the Dewdney or Grouse Grinds are.
- Are you afraid of heights, water or fun?
- Are you over 19 and have a valid driver’s license?
- Are you willing to have an RCMP Criminal Background check?
- If you answered Yes to 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9 and 10 – score one point for each
- If you answered No to 2 and 8 – score one point for each
- If you answered A or B to #7 – score one point (if you answered C – please subtract 5)
If you scored from 0 to 3… you might want to rethink this
If you scored from 4 to 7… so close, maybe wait a bit and work on a couple of things
If you scored an 8 or 9… you are a great candidate!
If you scored 10… why haven’t you applied yet?