Emergency Response Team Member (AmeriCorps Volunteer, U.S. Citizen)

AmeriCorps St. Louis

About the organization

Since 1994, inspired people from across America have brought to AmeriCorps St. Louis their enthusiasm, talents, and commitment to serve their country. AmeriCorps St. Louis has distinguished itself as one of the leading AmeriCorps programs in the nation through a long and impressive history, recruiting 42 National Service Members each year to serve as an Emergency Response Team. AmeriCorps St. Louis aims to serve communities affected by natural disasters across the country and to protect the natural environment through conservation and natural resource management.

Duties

Change your world, change your life! Spend a year as an AmeriCorps National Service Volunteer assisting disaster-affected communities, fighting wildfires, and conserving natural resources with a team of passionate people committed to making a real difference. Ready for your next adventure?
ERT Members are highly skilled, thoroughly trained, equipped and organized to quickly deploy to impacted communities. The team supports emergency managers and relief agencies in addressing critical unmet needs, particularly in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. The team can assist with search and rescue, initial damage assessment, debris clearance, distribution of life sustaining supplies and outreach to impacted families. Other Members may collaborate with community leaders to effectively manage volunteers, coordinate donations and help develop a structure to address immediate relief and long-term recovery needs.
When not responding to natural disasters, the ERT functions as a conservation corps serving in Missouri, Illinois, and Montana. We partner with the U.S. Forest Service, the Missouri Department of Conservation, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and local Missouri agencies. These environmental stewardship projects include exotic invasive species removal, trail construction, trail maintenance, bridge construction, preserving wilderness areas, areas, maintaining and rehabbing recreational areas, prescribed burns, planting trees and wild land fire suppression.

Qualifications

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, traveling and adventure is desired as ERT Members spend most of their service out of town, living communally in rustic conditions.
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 be a U.S. citizen, U.S. National, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien; be at least 18 years old; have at least a high school diploma or GED; and must pass a national service criminal history check.

Salary

~$1300/month living stipend

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all slots are filled. A PDF version of our application can be found on our website, www.acstl.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 AmeriCorps national job portal.

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