Interested in conservation, wildland fire, or disaster relief?

Join AmeriCorps St. Louis as a full-time National Service Volunteer! As part of our 42-Member Emergency Response Team (ERT), you’ll gain experience and training in the fields of environmental stewardship, wildland fire, and emergency management over the course of an 11-month term. The ERT is a multi-functional rapid deployment group based out of St. Louis, Missouri, that has been called throughout the country to respond to floods, tornadoes, wildfires, hurricanes, ice storms, and the COVID-19 pandemic. When not responding to 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.

No prior experience is necessary, and all experience is welcome. Through the program, Members receive training and certifications in a variety of skill sets including chainsawing, wildland firefighting, and emergency incident management. ACSTL heavily emphasizes Member development and accommodates Members’ preferences for specific experience, e.g. more weeks spent attached to U.S. Forest Service fire crews. Additional opportunities to develop leadership experience through the Assistant Team Lead program are available later in the service term. These experiences and certifications leave Members well qualified in related career fields after their service.

ACSTL provides a challenging and fun opportunity to explore the conservation, fire, and disaster fields; serve the environment and local/state/national community; meet people from different backgrounds; enjoy an outdoor office; earn money for education; and be a part of a supportive, welcoming community.

“The service teaches you a lot and shows you how many opportunities there are in the three different focus areas. The community here is very strong and supportive and encourages everyone to learn and grow both individually and as a team member.” – Current ERT Member

Please visit our website for more position details.

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


Must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. National, or Lawful Permanent Resident. At least 18 years old by the program start date. Have at least a high school diploma or GED. Must pass National Service criminal history checks, at no cost to the applicant. In compliance with federal guidelines, ACSTL has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy.

Required Skills:

Members must maintain a high level of physical fitness required for a manual labor position. Members will serve primarily outdoors, in all kinds of weather (heat, cold, rain, snow, etc).

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 due by 10/1 for 10/17 start date. Term dates: October 2023 - August 2024 Please call or email us if you have any questions about the program or the application process. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all slots are filled. Applicants must submit an application and two references, which can be found on our website, www.acstl.org. Applicants can also go to my.americorps.gov and search for our program and fill out an application through the AmeriCorps national job portal.