How to Volunteer

We are currently not accepting new applicants. If you are interested, you fill out the form to be added to our wait list. We won’t open up the new member application until new members are being accepted again.

How to Join

The best way to join is to start by getting on our wait list. We review the list quarterly or as needed. We will contact you to gauge your interest and set up an orientation meeting. Please understand that you will need to meet the minimum requirements for you and your dog, and you will need to attend a minimum of 3 workouts without dog before beginning training in earnest.* The process for training to become a Ready Searcher can take 2 - 4 years to complete. Once you meet operational requirements you may be selected to go on missions as support (no dog) prior to being a Ready Searcher.

* Depending on the situation and our assessment of you and your dog, your evaluation period may be extended, or terminated at the discretion of the Onboarding or Training Committees, or the Board

Be a Guest Hider

Are you interested in helping with Search & Rescue efforts but you can’t meet the time and training commitment? Why not consider volunteering* a portion of your time to help train our search dogs?

GSSD is always looking for people to serve as hidden subjects for our dogs! You can sign up for our Guest Hider list and come to our workouts to hide for our dog teams. Who doesn't like playing with dogs?!

We’ll contact you before upcoming workouts where hiders are needed to see if you’re available.

It’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors in a non-traditional way, and you’ll be helping our teams improve performance in finding the missing. Your donated time may also count toward volunteer hours with your school or job.

*Must be 16 years of age or older with parent or guardian permission.