Volunteer with MARK9
MARK9 is an all-volunteer Search and Rescue team that operates in the DFW metroplex. As an all-volunteer team we are always looking for new recruits to join the team.
No previous Search and Rescue experience is needed to join MARK9 - the only requirements are hard work and dedication. MARK9 will assist you with all of the required training necessary to become a member of the team.
MARK9 is currently recruiting for the following Field and Non-Field Operations Positions:
Field Operations Positions:
Command Post Operator
Non-Field Operations Positions:
Not ready to join, but just want to meet the dogs? MARK9 is always in need of new individuals to "get lost" during training. It only takes a few hours and you will have the chance to meet the dogs and see them work while they come find you.
Ready to join us at a future training, Contact Us now!
Frequently asked questions
Can I join MARK9 without a dog?
Yes! There is no requirment to be a K9 Handler in order to join MARK9. There are plenty of positions other than K9 Handler that MARK9 is in need of volunteers to fill.
How much does it costs to join MARK9?
MARK9 currently has a membership costs of $60 per quarter.
Will I become famous and be on the local/national news?
SAR work is not about noteriety, it's about service.
When does MARK9 conduct training and searches?
Searches can happen anytime of the day and they are impossible to predict. MARK9 has conducted searches during normal business hours, holidays, weekends, late at night, and early in the morning.
Do I need to be physically fit to join MARK9?
The only positions that need to meet physical fitness requirements are K9 Handlers and Flankers. Many of our searches are through thick woods, in deep creeks, overy hilly terrain, etc. Handlers and Flankers must also be able to operate during the heat of summer, cold of winter, and in rain and storms. Due to the nature of our searches a physical fitness test will be administered to ensure you are capable of particpating in our searches.
Where does MARK9 conduct training and searches?
All over the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex. Occasionally we will conduct searches outside of DFW at the request of law enforcement.
What are the minumum requirements to join MARK9?
You must be at least 18 years of age, and be able to pass a criminal background check.