Auckland LandSAR will always consider applications from suitably experienced people with a genuine desire to be part of a volunteer organisation.

There are 2 main roles in the organisation;
1) Field team members:  Operate on Search and Rescue tasks in the field, they actively do the hard yards, and have to have a certain level of fitness and outdoor skills.

2) Support team members: As the name suggest, these are people who support the field teams and base management. Tasks include transportation of teams, possible radio support and general admin around base. These people don't require the same fitness levels or bush skills as field team members. Although in the future they may wish to up-skill to become a field team member.

The process to apply to be a member of Auckland Search and Rescue is as follows:

Step 1 (All applicants.)
Download or print the information sheet and application form.

Step 2 (All applicants.)
If you are happy with the information and want to carry on with your application, send a C.V. with your outdoor experience (for field team applicants), or C.V. with possible relevant skills you feel would be helpful for (Support team applicants).

Step 3 (Selected applicants)
You will be invited to an interview and must submit the paperwork for the necessary police checks to be undertaken.

Step 4. (Successful applicants)
Upon approval from the assessment panel following the 24 hour field assessment, successful applicants will be invited to join Auckland LandSAR as a probationary member. This invitation is subject to the police checks being clear. Unsuccessful applicants may have suitable courses or skills suggested recommended that the group requires, and may be invited to participate in one follow-up field assessment.

Please note we will endeavour to get people through this process as quick as possible. However we require a minimum number to run an assessment course, which can push out timings. You would be notified of possible delays.


To be certain that searchers have the knowledge, skills and experience required to effectively participate in a search or rescue operation, it is necessary to have an accepted set of standards and KPIs.

Standards ensure that SAR personnel are trained and experienced so that operations can run efficiently and in a safe manner.

Below are the standards required for Auckland Land Search and Rescue members. It can be used as a checklist for a team member's suitability for a particular role in SAR. In addition act as a foundation for training needs analysis and requirements for the group or individuals.

It is important that all team members are aware of and accept the commitment necessary to be an operative SAR member, including the requirement to regularly train and attend SAR operations. Team members must be able to commit to attend monthly training which is held on the second Wednesday of every month, and on several weekends during the year.

Applicants require a reasonable level of personal fitness to ensure the safety of all personnel involved in search operations.

It is essential that applicants have suitable and appropriate quality outdoor equipment and clothing before attending the Auckland LandSAR assessment. While some basic equipment is issued to operational members, the vast majority of clothing and equipment used by team members is personal equipment.

All team members must have available and carry with them, a minimum array of gear and equipment to enable them to be self-sufficient in the field. It is also important that appropriate gear and equipment is carried for use when assisting missing persons.

All applicants must have appropriate and adequate bushcraft and outdoor skills as SAR personnel are required to be self-sufficient. Due to search deployment often taking place in hazardous regions and adverse conditions.

It is important that applicants are conversant with map and compass techniques. They must be able to navigate safely and accurately be able to determine their position at any time. Although the team uses GPS technology, map and compass proficiency is an essential base skill for all team members.

Applicants need to have the appropriate skills to enable them to
a) Operate effectively and
b) Manage their own wellbeing, alone and in all conditions.

It is important that all applicants are able to conduct themselves and others safely across and along waterways.

Applicants are required to have a basic grounding in current First Aid techniques and practices. Specific SAR first aid training to complement this is part of a successful applicants further training. A current first aid certificate is required before a team member can be considered for promotion to the next level.

All team members must be conversant with use of, operation of, and message handling protocols for SAR radios. Successful applicants will be trained in the technology and systems used.

Team members must be proficient with current methods and techniques to maximize the efficiency of all search operations; successful applicants will be trained in these.

All team members must be conversant with helicopter operation and safety issues, are able to be transported if required, and are able to assist crew when necessary. Successful applicants must be comfortable with helicopter transport and winching, even if they have not done this previously.

Team members are required to have a basic understanding of ropes and can undertake search and rescue tasks safely on steep terrain. Successful applicants who have no previous experience must be able to develop these skills.

All team members must have knowledge of weather patterns and effects.


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