- Date Posted: December 11, 2021
- Location: , Missouri
- Company: AmeriCorps St. Louis
- Job Type: Full Time
- Website: http://acstl.org
- Email: [email protected]
- Phone: (314) 772-9002
AmeriCorps St. Louis
The AmeriCorps St. Louis Emergency Response Team (ERT) is a multi-functional rapid deployment group based out of St. Louis, Missouri, that has been called out to respond across the country to floods, tornadoes, wildfires, hurricanes, search and rescue, ice storms, terrorist attacks, and most recently the COVID-19 pandemic. When not responding to natural disasters, the ERT functions as a conservation corps that assists the Missouri Departments of Conservation and Natural Resources, the U.S. Forest Service, and local Missouri organizations with various natural resource projects, including trail building and maintenance, habitat restoration, invasive species removal, and prescribed burning. For almost three decades now, the ERT has continuously proven to provide highly successful programs, partnerships, and trainings, making it a model to other National Service programs across the state and country.
Members serve within a 42-Member team for an 11-month term as a full-time National Service Volunteer. Our program year began late September but we have a few spots still open. We will have another start date on January 3, 2022. Apply now to join this great team!
All Members receive extensive trainings and certifications throughout their term in the areas of emergency response, environmental stewardship, and wildland firefighting. Some of these trainings include team building and leadership skills, introduction to disaster services, chainsaw, and other power equipment operations, supporting people in crisis, risk management approaches, Incident Command System, emergency communications, and other basic emergency medical care.
On any given day, an ERT Member could:
- Provide immediate and long-term relief in areas affected by natural disasters
- Restore Missouri forests, river-ways, and natural areas
- Build and maintain trails, bridges, recreation areas, and more
- Fight wildland fires or participate in prescribed burns in Missouri or Western States
- Conduct disaster response and preparedness trainings for communities and other national service organizations
Members receive a monthly living stipend in addition to a $6,400 Education Award after the completion of the program. This Award can be used towards federal student loans or future tuition costs (please see www.nationalservice.gov for more information). Any current federal student loans are placed in deferment for the duration of the term of service. Health insurance reimbursement is provided, if applicable. Uniforms and most equipment are provided.
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 U.S. citizens, U.S. National, or Lawful Permanent Resident Aliens; be at least 18 years old; have at least a high school diploma or GED, and must pass a national service criminal history check.
Please visit our website to apply.