Because we serve Law Enforcement entities, each candidate must meet these minimum requirements to apply:

  • 21 years of age

  • High School Diploma or equivalent (GED)

  • Possess a valid Idaho Driver’s License (or DL of home state with Military ID)

  • Never convicted of any felony, or misdemeanor involving violence or substance abuse

  • Ability to pass a Backround Check
  • Pass a physical, or certification of good physical condition for performing strenuous physical activity as found in Search & Rescue work, from a qualified private physician

  • Not suffering from any mental illness that would impair normal reason and judgment


Snake River Search requires all members to be current in CPR and have medical first responder skills such as American Red Cross Emergency Response card, EMT, etc. Members must be proficient in the use of GPS, map and compass, radio communications, wilderness survival skills, man-tracking awareness, lost person behavior, crime scene awareness, K9 First Aid, understanding of scent theory, weather behavior, and SAR theory. Our team also utilizes Ham radio licenses and NASAR SAR Tech II certifications. Physical capability to negotiate rugged terrain is also required of both handlers and dogs.