Emergency Response Team Member (AmeriCorps Full Term)

AmeriCorps St. Louis

About the organization

The VISION of AmeriCorps St. Louis is to be a purveyor of skill, a beacon of hope, and a model of public stewardship. AmeriCorps St. Louis serves to create systemic change as well as provide direct service that impacts the well-being of the poor and disenfranchised, particularly children, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

The MISSION of AmeriCorps St. Louis is to enhance the professional skills and life-long ethic of the young men and women who serve; to respond to critical unmet needs in the areas of emergency response and environmental conservation; to leverage service of volunteers; and to build the capacity of our partnering agencies and communities we serve.

AmeriCorps St. Louis strives to achieve its vision and mission through the Emergency Response Team (ERT), our corps of National Service Members who serve the St. Louis area, the state of Missouri, and communities across the nation.

Duties

Ready for your next adventure? Spend a year assisting disaster-affected communities, fighting wildfires, and conserving natural resources with a team of passionate people committed to making a real difference.

The AmeriCorps St. Louis Emergency Response Team (ERT) is a multi-functional rapid deployment group based out of St. Louis, MO, that has been called out nationally to floods, tornadoes, wildfires, hurricanes, search and rescue, ice storms, and terrorist attacks. When not responding to natural disasters, the ERT assists the Missouri Departments of Conservation and Natural Resources, the U.S. Forest Service, and local Saint Louis organizations in natural resource projects, such as trail maintenance, habitat restoration, invasive species removal, and prescribed burning.

With the ERT, you will serve within a 42-Member team for an 11-month term from mid-September 2019 to mid-August 2020. All Members will receive extensive trainings and certifications throughout their term in the areas of emergency response, environmental conservation, and wildland firefighting.

On any given day, an ERT Member could:
1. Provide immediate and long-term relief in areas affected by natural disasters
2. Restore Missouri forests, river-ways, and recreation areas
3. Build and maintain trails, bridges, cave gates and more
4. Fight wildland fires or participate in prescribed burns in Missouri or Western States
5. Conduct disaster response and preparedness trainings for communities

Qualifications

Members must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old, and a high school graduate. Members must be in excellent physical condition for the entirety of their service term. The baseline level of fitness includes being able to pass the wildland firefighter pack test: a 3-mile walk carrying a 45-lbs pack completed in under 45 minutes.

Members must have the ability to function as supportive and dependable teammates, even in times of extreme stress and adversity. A love for the outdoors and traveling is desired as ERT Members spend most of their service out of town, living communally in rustic conditions.

Salary

1,100/month plus $6,000 Education Award

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. A PDF version of our application can be found on our website, www.americorpsstl.org. Interested applicants can download the application, fill it out, and email it to [email protected] They must also send our reference form (available on our website) to 2 references who must fill the form out and email it to the same address. Applicants can also go to my.americorps.gov and search for our program and fill out an application through the national portal.

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