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Joshua Tree Search and Rescue (JOSAR) Technician

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ORGANIZATION: National Park Service

Joshua Tree National Park Search & Rescue (JOSAR) was established in the 1990s to respond to emergencies such as climber falls, missing hikers, and overdue parties. The team is comprised of highly trained staff and volunteers who are on-call around the clock and ready to respond to a variety of incidents. Due to the complexity and frequency of incidents, the team includes members that perform physical duties including search, technical, and tracking and members that perform stationary support functions such as incident management assistance and logistics.

Field members of JOSAR should have a high level of physical fitness and comfort in desert environments. JOSAR members routinely perform difficult physical labor in extreme conditions. Skills such as rock climbing, backcountry navigation, backpacking, desert survival, and tracking are valuable, but not required to apply. Previous Search and Rescue experience is valuable but not required.

Support positions don’t require the same level of physical fitness. Skills valuable for support members include logistics, finance, GIS/cartography, mechanical and technological skills for equipment maintenance, and skills related to supporting friends and family of subjects during and after an emergency.

All members of the team are expected to respond to emergencies when requested and to attend at least 1 training event per month. There are approximately 3 training events per month.

Start Date - 2022-11-02

End Date - 2023-11-01

Activities include: Back Country/Wilderness;GIS/GPS;Visitor Information

Difficulty_Level: Strenuous

Hosts Housing Amenities: No Housing/Amenities Available

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