Our team is always looking for committed, talented, and driven people to join us. If you love the mountains and want to help others, we'd love to meet you. We have a yearly recruitment cycle both for field and support teams.
Starting in January, the application forms will come available. This will be reviewed by the team for selection criteria and the Mono Sheriff’s Office for a law enforcement background check.
3/14/2019 Is our Recruitment Open House. This is your best opportunity to learn about us, meet the team, see our facilities, and understand what you can be a part of.
4/10/2019 is Recruit Voting. Recruits approved by the team and the Sheriff’s Office will be announced, becoming Candidates.
4/12/2019 - 4/14/2019 Basic Candidate Class. This mandatory training will set the stage for the rest of your spring training calendar. You’ll work with your fellow candidates, start learning specialized rescue skills, and practice them in realistic scenarios.
Nearly every Saturday between March and July will be occupied with training, some mandatory. These dates will be places on the Events calendar as they are scheduled. The finalized schedule should be completed by March, 2019.
Typically around the middle of July, through August and into September, we experiences the majority of our rescues.
Within a year’s time I had been lowered out of a helicopter, tracked a lost fisherman, searched for a lost child, pulled two people from entrapment, stopped arterial bleeding, splinted broken bones, restored perfusion, rappelled off cliffs, been lowered off cliffs, and did it all with an amazing team. - MONOSAR Rescue Member, 2018
Joining our team requires a significant time commitment and once field ready you'll be expected to maintain a high degree of readiness.
With your training and functioning as a part of the team, you can expect to make a large difference in the lives of others. As such, we hold ourselves and each other to a very high standard.
People join SAR for a variety of reasons. Some do it for a sense of adventure, some do it to give back to the wilderness community, and nearly all do it as an opportunity to help others in their time of need. A SAR member will experience many good days, many bad days, and many frustrating days. You will be tested mentally, physically, and emotionally.
I’d say a 1/3 of our calls are rather ho-hum, 1/3 are somewhat straight forward, and 1/3 are like staring in a Hollywood action movie. You just never know which one it’s going to be when the phone rings. - MONOSAR Rescue Member
The work is physically demanding. Field teams are expected to carry full packs, often loaded with medical or rescue equipment into the High Sierra, frequently off trail.
The high requirements, sacrifice, and pursuit of assisting others creates a team environment that is rarely equaled.