- Must be at least 18 years of age, or 21 for appointment as a reserve deputy
- Must be a U.S. citizen
- Must be a high school graduate or possess a G.E.D.
- Must have a valid driver's license
- Pass an oral interview
- Pass a physical agility test for appointment as a reserve deputy
- Pass a medical examintation
- Pass a treadmill test
- Pass a background investigation (more intensive for appointment as a reserve deputy)
- Pass a polygraph examination for appointment as a reserve deputy
- Pass a Psychological examination for appointment as a reserve deputy
- Must possess a Level II P.O.S.T. academy certificate for appointment as a reserve deputy
- Must pass the Sheriff's Basic Search and Rescue Course (48 hours on two weekends)
- Must pass the Sheriff's Horse and Rider Minimum Standards test
Training duties and requirements:
- Monthly business meeting
- Minimum one monthly training session (mandatory attendance at training)
- 24-hour call-out status
- Maintain current First Aid and CPR certification
- Searches by foot, vehicle or aircraft for lost/missing persons, children, criminal evidence, etc.
- Over the side recoveries, rappeling and technical climbing on certified teams
- Public presentations
Some teams may have additional training requirements.