Volunteer For Us

All of the work done by Tees River Rescue is provided by highly trained unpaid volunteers. We operate on the River Tees in and surrounding areas. The Team can be called to work by the Police or other emergency services and carries out routine safety patrols to help prevent incidents.

We are looking for volunteers to help us in two main areas. If you think you could help us with either, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Shore Crew - This is a support role and will see people be involved in anything they have an interest in. This could include fundraising, admin support, boat maintenance, equipment checks and cleaning. These people are key to keeping the charity operating effectively. If you can spare even a few hours, we are keen to hear from you. APPLY NOW

If you are able to we really need people to fundraise for us and to spread the word of Tees River Rescue. We rely on public donations and any assistance in generating funds for us is what we really need at the moment. Apply above.

Boat Crew This role will see you out on operations with the boat. This will involve search and rescue and proactive patrols along the river. Ongoing training make this role a serious time commitment.  - NO CURRENT VACANCIES

Shore crew – recruitment process

Application for membership is welcome from volunteers of both sexes who must be over 18. The Team has a standard application form which can be obtained from the website.

Applicants will be invited to a chat with one of our trustees who will discuss opportunities and complete any additional paperwork.

Boat crew – recruitment process

Application for membership is welcome from volunteers of both sexes who must be over 18. The Team has a standard application form which can be obtained from the website. Additionally, a medical questionnaire should also be completed and returned with the application form.

Prospective members will need to be fit and healthy enough, to undertake physical tasks in all weather conditions. We expect all applicants to be competent swimmers and have some experience on water. Previous experience with search and rescue organisations including RNLI or mountain rescue are particularly welcomed.

You must also be willing to work as part of our team, live near to the Tees and be prepared to commit a significant amount of your time.

Applicants will be invited to an open evening in early spring to meet members of the team and find out more about what membership involves. Those candidates who wish to pursue their application are then invited to complete a basic interview and assessment day to check suitability.

If a candidate passes the assessment day and interview, they are invited to attend training sessions as prospective members for a period of around 10 weeks.  They are also required at this point to submit to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check organised by the Team.

At the end of this initial training period the application is considered by the trustees before progression to probationary status.

Members must complete at least 12 months as a probationer and are subject to continuous assessment during this time. During this time, they must complete routine patrol and response activity.  Successful completion of the probationary period leads to full team membership and a place on the call-out list as a Boat crew Search and Rescue Team Member.

Whilst the organisation is a charity, it takes its responsibilities extremely seriously and members are always expected to behave in a professional way .

For further details contact [email protected]