How to become a San Benito County Search and Rescue Volunteer

The San Benito County Sheriff’s Office Volunteer Search & Rescue Unit is formed for the purpose of assisting the Sheriff in search and rescue and to promote goodwill among the residents of the county and elsewhere. The unit may be called upon to assist in the location of lost children or hikers, to provide support at other missions at the direction of the Sheriff or his designee, and to provide assistance during times of disaster. We are grateful for your interest in serving our Community and the County of San Benito. This is a not for profit organization.All applicants for membership must complete and sign the application and information release authorization. The completed application shall be forwarded to the Unit Coordinator, who shall review and forward the application to the Sheriff’s Office Backgrounds unit.

This volunteer position shall be governed through the Sheriff’s Office. Applications for membership shall be forwarded to the Sheriff’s Office. Members work “at will” and can be dismissed at anytime by the Sheriff. Other requirements will be provided to you prior to selection and acceptance of this Volunteer position.


San Benito County Sheriff’s Office, 2301 Technology Parkway, Hollister, CA 95023.


All completed application documents will be reviewed. Applications are screened on the basis of overall qualifications. If a large number of qualified applications are received, the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate further in the selection process. These qualified applicants will be invited to participate in an interview. This process may include further testing including but not limited to oral appraisal, medical examination, fingerprints/background investigation, psychological/psychiatric evaluation.

The County of San Benito actively seeks minority, female, and disabled applicants and is committed to a policy that pursues Equal Employment Opportunity and Non-Discrimination. Each applicant will be considered on the basis of job-related qualifications regardless of race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual preference, sexual orientation, pregnancy, parenthood, political affiliation or belief, physical or mental handicap.

A signed affirmation that you have read and meet the minimum requirements for the Volunteer Search & Rescue Unit.

For more information about this position, please feel to contact the Sheriff’s Department Unit Commander at Captain Taylor.