Joshua Tree National Park will host an informational meeting to recruit new volunteers for its volunteer search-and-rescue team, JOSAR. The meeting will be held on February 18, 2011 at 7 p.m. The location for the meeting is the park’s Black Rock Visitor Center at 9800 Black Rock Canyon Road in Yucca Valley.
Since 1982, Joshua Tree Search and Rescue (JOSAR) has been providing search and rescue services in support of Joshua Tree National Park and surrounding communities. JOSAR is a member of the Mountain Rescue Association, and the Southeast Search and Rescue Council of California.
JOSAR has openings for new volunteer Technical Rope Rescue members. This team rescues injured or stranded climbers and hikers and supports the park in various other tasks. No training or experience is required. The park provides extensive training in high-angle rope rescue techniques, and incident management. You may participate as a rescue team member or in a support capacity for team operations.
If you enjoy teamwork, helping others, and the beauty of Joshua Tree National Park, interested volunteers are asked to come to the informational meeting. The opportunities, requirements, and range of time commitments for each level of participation will be discussed.
For more information, call Park Volunteer Coordinator Laureen Lentz at 760/367-5524.