Volunteer with Land Search & Rescue
There’s a particular camaraderie that belongs only to those who’ve shared in a challenge to save the life of a fellow human being. It’s an experience that Search and Rescue volunteers know and value. You’ll find yourself stretched, sometimes physically, sometimes mentally. You may find a powerful new meaning to your life as an active contributor in your local community.
Volunteering for Land Search and Rescue does not necessarily require high levels of fitness or extensive knowledge of the outdoors. We have a variety of roles that can be performed by people from all walks of life and wide-ranging abilities. However, the aptitudes to think logically and decisively and to work under pressure are common requirements for most roles. We value diversity of thought and background.
63 local groups
throghout New Zealand
Up to $10,000
per volunteer training
We need volunteers in all positions – you don’t need to be outdoors focused. Positions depend on the teams and locations. If you’re interested in seeing the variety please read through the example volunteer roles below.
Our groups cannot function without leadership. As with all organisations, each group requires strategic direction and routine management and governance.View Role
Covering terrain ranging from snowgrass and scree, to snow and icy slopes, heavily glaciated snowfields and mountains blanketed in winter snow.View Role
Searching for lost persons and rescuing injured persons in cave or karst environments is highly specialised and has significant challenges.View Role
Canyon teams are called upon not only for Canyon SAR operations but also to support Field Teams to search technical terrain where additional skillsets may be required to maintain safety.View Role
Water is very a dynamic environment to work in, and the operations that the River SAR teams get called out for are varied. Volunteers are highly skilled in the white water environment.View Role
Handlers must be a good team fit for LandSAR Dogs, have an affinity with dogs and understand how animals learn through reward based training methodologies.View Role
Each field team member is self reliant and performs a variety of tasks. They are capable of applying search techniques to locate the lost and missing, and first aid and stretcher management to assist those who are injured.View Role
Admin Support provide services to the IMT and the deployed field teams during a search and rescue operation, and help our groups operate. It is a vital role and search and rescue operations cannot function without it.View Role
Make sure you discuss joining SAR with your employer before signing up. Some work places allow special leave for SAR operations, others may require you to use your own leave. Discuss the process for notifying your boss when you are called out on a search.Download PDF
Land Search and Rescue acknowledges the huge commitment made by the whānau of our volunteers. Without family support, many of our volunteers would be unable to dedicate their time. Please share this information with your whānau.Download PDF