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We apologize for the delay. Due to the increased popularity for joining this organization, we are at capacity for applications at this time. In addition, we are following the current CDC guidelines with regard to the COVID-19 epidemic. We will wait for guidance from the CDC and the U.S. Forest Service on when we can resume operations. Please check back again after this period is over and we consider accepting applications once again. This page will announce any change. Thank You for your understanding and stay safe and well.


 Please read below:

SCVP members patrol in Sabino Canyon, on Mt. Lemmon, and in the Santa Catalina Mountains. We are a year-round operation; however, we do accept winter residents with a strict initial availability requirement for the first phase.  See below.

While on patrol, we serve the visiting public by providing information and assistance regarding trails and trailhead locations, hiking conditions, wildlife and desert safety issues, and Forest Service rules and regulations.

SCVP members are the eyes, ears, and helping hands of the Forest Service, evaluating trail and safety conditions in the canyon and surrounding areas.

  • No schedules: Within the Santa Catalina Ranger District you may hike/patrol when you wish, where you wish, for as long as you wish and for as far as you wish in order to be of service and meet your monthly and/or yearly required hours.

  • Training consists of a two day mandatory orientation in January and a mentoring period for a few weeks including a knowledge checklist.

Currently we can only accept applications from U.S. Citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents currently holding Green Cards

See U.S.Government link HERE for clarification.


We accept up to 50 +/- candidates per year, as a single class.  We are currently full until 2022

Candidates are contacted in the Fall of the previous year, and an interview is arranged. From that, it goes before the Board of Directors for approval. If approved, the candidate is assigned a mentor with specific training to be met. The candidate is also required to attend both Orientation dates- usually held the last two Saturday;s in January.

Want more information?Contact us

We require you to be available from November through April for the first phase.
After the first year, if a winter resident, guidelines state you must patrol in a consecutive 5 month period of your choosing. 
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