Chesapeake Search Dogs is always in need of dedicated team members. The mission of search and rescue is one of great importance. Lives count on the quality and dedication of the teams who search to save them. We are looking for quality people who will dedicate themselves to this mission. Joining our team with experience is great but it is not required. We welcome serious individuals who wish to participate and be a part of a growing and vibrant volunteer organization. We have positions available in the following areas:
Our handlers train and handle their own dogs. The average handler spends 10-15 hours per week working with his/her dog. It takes approximately 1 year to train a dog to be proficient in searching for lost subjects. A SIGNIFICANT time commitment is required for handler and canine certification.
A SAR canine team relies on its Flankers. Flankers are highly trained individuals that literally walk alongside Handlers and Canines during a search to assist with land navigation, communications and can play an invaluable role in allowing the Handler to be able to pay close attention to their canine partner. An average flanker spends 12-20 hours per month working with the team and on their own practicing land navigation. It takes approximately 1 year to learn the skills essential to becoming an operational Flanker.
Our mission support personnel provide support in searches in the areas of communications, navigation, or even running a search.
Behind-the-scenes support is necessary to ensure that we have the means and resources to conduct our searches. Help is needed in the areas of fundraising, record keeping, newsletter writing, and events.
Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians help us maintain the health and well being of our dogs. We ask much of our dogs and they need care.