The new year is upon us, and with it, North Shore Rescue is recruiting! Exciting right?

We have a short turn around on this recruiting cycle because, after the busiest year in North Shore Rescue history and normal attrition, we need recruits. If you are interested in applying for NSR, you must have your application (found here) in by January 8th, 2016, and you must be available on January 10, 2016 for an orientation hike. The orientation hike is a chance for applicants to get to know NSR members, and to show us you have the basic gear and trail skills we are looking for. It will not be technical, nor strenuous, and we will not quiz you…too much :).

So, what is stopping you from applying? …

1. I am not a paramedic or a mountain guide

NSR is made up of members from many different backgrounds. We have lawyers, doctors, students, accountants, computer programmers, carpenters, and many more professions volunteering with our team. While a technical skill set can be of assistance in getting onto a specialty team, the truth is that we train everyone from the ground up! What we are really looking for is some solid familiarity with the North Shore, some mountaineering/hiking experience, and that the applicant has at least some of the gear needed to be in the outdoors. Team fit is our ultimate criterion. So don’t worry if you’re not a superhuman, we will train you to be one ;).

2. I have heard from my friends, or through other sources that NSR expects an insane amount of your personal time

While we definitely require a lot from our new members, it is really not that bad. Most new members meet and exceed the minimum not because they have to, but because they want to. NSR can be a lot of fun, and very rewarding. We have lots of cool projects in the works, and there is always something going on to suit every skill-set. We are are also somewhat flexible with different schedules. An average commitment could reasonably be expected to be about 250 hours per year.

3. I heard that members-in-training really don’t get to do very much

Not true! NSR has our members-in-training engaged in training and tasks almost right from the start. You will receive your Ground Search and Rescue certification integrated right into regular training on Tuesday nights! All members receive helicopter familiarization training too!

So, if you are a fit, motivated, community-minded individual that wants to have the best stories at their next party, put in your application today! You will not regret it!

Email: [email protected] with any questions¬† (note: email address was incorrect before, if you got a bounce, please try again)

I will leave you with some pictures of what you could be doing if you apply: