what we do

The team is made up of Mono County residents, both men and women, who are at least 18 years old. If you are interesting in joining, please see our recruitment information.

We are always seeking new members who have a dedication to public service and a willingness to devote personal time to learn our techniques.

Though all members are volunteers, the team works under the direction of the Mono County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Coordinator, and responds to a wide variety of missions, including searches for the lost and missing in all types of terrain and weather, rescues and evacuations of all sorts, and many other missions of unique character as needed.

Prior to June 1994 we were known as the June Lake Mountain Rescue Team. 

A typical overnight search involves 8-16 volunteers donating their time and providing their own personal equipment.

We average five missions per month, often under adverse and dangerous mountain conditions.

If you feel at home in the mountains and would like to train with us, talk to a member or call the Sheriff's Office at (760) 932-7549.  Check the Team Membership Page for complete information about membership requirements.


Bless you all for your very important work. You found my son after 9 hours lost, several years ago. Thank you for your very special work.
— Mother of a lost child in Mono County

Team profile

  • 27 field qualified rescue personnel.

  • 15 Emergency Medical Technicians

  • 2 Wilderness First Responders.

  • 13 members trained through Rigging for Rescue.

  • Rescue members attend roughly 100 hours of training per year.

  • 30-50 operational incidents per year, as searches, rescues, or both.

Most of our team has advanced backcountry training, skills and experience. Our policies and bylaws can be found online.