Every new AVSAR member starts out on the 3-season team. Submit the application form below. 3-Season applications are collected until April 1st each year and then reviewed. Applications received after April 1st will be considered the following year. Candidates are chosen based on the strength of their application, their references, and the needs of the team.

Before you apply, please be sure you meet or exceed all of the criteria below:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age and live year round at a physical address within a one hour drive to the Presidential Range.
  • You must have the strength and stamina to hike all day carrying their equipment and
    additional group rescue equipment.
  • You must own hiking clothing, boots, and equipment appropriate for all weather and conditions.
  • You must be able to function as part of a team to carry a patient in a litter over steep, rugged terrain.
  • You should be experienced hiking on the White Mountain trail system and be familiar with trail names and trailhead locations.
  • You should be able to use a map and compass to navigate to a given location or to determine the coordinates of a location in the field.
  • You should be able to build a fire, create a survival shelter, and survive 24 hours in the
    mountains with their equipment.
  • You should be able to identify heat exhaustion, heat stroke, hypothermia and common hiking related injuries and provide assistance or aid to the patient. Certification in CPR and First Aid is encouraged.


The committee responsible for processing applications will review your response and may contact your references. If your application is approved you will be invited to the shakedown hike held each year on the third Saturday in June. This is an opportunity for us to get to know you better and gain a better understanding of your skills, experience, and fitness level, and for you to ask us questions. After the shakedown, if the committee feels it is appropriate for you to join AVSAR, you will be added to the 3-season roster.

Did a current member of AVSAR refer you to join our team? If so, who?
What attracts you to this volunteer Search and Rescue team?
Please list: Other organizations you are a part of, medical certifications, guide certifications, survival training, general outdoor experience, etc.
Can you navigate with a map and compass, familiar with GPS? Are you intimately familiar with the White Mountain trails?
Rescues frequently occur at inconvenient times such as evenings and the middle of the night. We require members to participate 16 hours every two years through responding to rescues, team training, team meetings, or participation on committees or the board of directors.
Do you have references whom we may contact who are familiar with you in this context, such as long-time hiking or climbing partners?