Overview

Ready for a change? Join AmeriCorps St. Louis as a full-time National Service Volunteer for a unique and life-changing experience. As part of our 42-Member Emergency Response Team (ERT), you’ll serve for 11 months alongside other passionate, hard-working people committed to making a real difference by preserving and restoring our environment as well as responding to natural disasters. Our next start date is January 4, 2023.

The 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, ice storms, and the COVID-19 pandemic. The team is thoroughly trained and equipped to support emergency managers and relief agencies in addressing critical unmet needs, particularly in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.

When not responding to natural disasters, the ERT functions as a conservation corps that assists partner organizations with vital natural resource management and restoration projects, including trail building and maintenance, habitat restoration, invasive species removal, and prescribed burning.

Our AmeriCorps program provides a challenging and fun opportunity to meet people from different backgrounds, enjoy an outdoor office, learn new skills, earn money for school, and be a part of a supportive, welcoming community.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: ACSTL is committed to building a culturally diverse team and fostering an environment of respect and inclusiveness amongst all regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against those who oppose discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

The Perks:
– $1,480 (pretax) monthly living stipend
– $6,500 Education Award after the completion of the program
– Loan deferment and interest forbearance on qualified student loans during term of service
– Health insurance reimbursement, if applicable
– Free mental health support options
– 2-week winter break and 6 national holidays
– Personal Vacation Days and Sick/Mental Health Days
– Access to gear discounts, free tax services, and other financial benefits

Training and Certifications: All Members receive extensive trainings and certifications throughout their term in the areas of emergency response, environmental stewardship, and wildland firefighting. As long as training opportunities and partner availability permits, Members will have the opportunity to achieve their S-212 Wildland Fire Chainsaw certification and become Red Card certified as a Type II Wildland Firefighter through the U.S. Forest Service.

Please visit our website for a full position description.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Conservation, Crew, Development, Trail Supervisor, Crew, and Leaders

Qualifications:

Members must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. National, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien; be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED by the time their term of service begins; and must pass a national service criminal history check.
Members must submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to enrollment and will be required to keep up with boosters.

Required Skills:

Applicants do not need any prior experience. 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.

Preferred Skills:

Members should 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. People with less traditional experiences are highly encouraged to apply.

About AmeriCorps St. Louis

AmeriCorps St. Louis (ACSTL) is a nonprofit based in St. Louis, Missouri, that runs a 42-Member AmeriCorps National Service program. Our Emergency Response Team (ERT) was one of the first AmeriCorps programs to exist, since the inception of AmeriCorps National Service, and has been operational every year since 1994. Our ERT program has three areas of focus: Disaster Response, Environmental Stewardship, and Wildland Fire. Responding to communities affected by natural disasters when we are called is our first priority, while conservation and natural resource management projects are a constant part of the year. Our motto is “See The Need, Meet The Need,” which we take to heart in everything we do, as we always strive to reach those who are least served, last served, or never served.

Application Instructions

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 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. Alternatively, applicants can go to my.americorps.gov and search for our program and fill out an application through the AmeriCorps national job portal.