The team currently has around 45 members from all walks of life who train together and respond to emergency callouts in any weather and at any time.

If you think you have the right experience, local knowledge and love of both Dartmoor and helping people, then we’d like to hear from you.

New recruits are asked to have the following requirements:

  • Applicants should be fit, experienced hill walkers
  • Own transport is required to get to training and callouts
  • Local knowledge of Dartmoor
  • Basic navigation skills
  • Commitment to attend at least 18 training sessions each year plus fundraising and other events.

There is one trainee intake per year.   If the initial submission of your application form is successful, you will be invited to a selection day, usually held on a Saturday a few weeks after the call for applications.  This gives applicants an opportunity to find out more about the team and how it operates.  It also gives the team a chance to get to know you better and to perform an initial assessment of your skills and motivation.  Competences required by applicants include but are not limited to: teamwork, communication, fitness and moorland navigation.

Following the selection day, successful applicants will be invited to start training with the team. In recent years, we have typically taken up to 8 trainees from around 25-30 initial expressions of interest.  The team trains every Wednesday evening from 1900 to 2200.

After attendance at 6 – 8 training sessions, if we think you show sufficient aptitude and you wish to continue, we’ll invite you to join as a Trainee Member.   It often takes trainees around a year to becoming a “badged” Hill Party Member.  This period includes the time to complete a training task book and to develop and demonstrate the necessary competences and experience of working as a team member.  Towards the end of the training period, it will also include a period of time spent on the callout list as a Probationary Hill Party Member.

Once sufficient training and experience has been gained, trainees are invited to do the Final Navigation Assessment.  This is an assessment of each trainee’s micro-navigation, self-discipline and stamina and takes place over a winter’s night during poor conditions.

To apply to the Team, please download the application form below, complete and send it to the Training Officer at