Update 9/23: Still accepting applications! Our program year began 9/21/2021 but we have a few spots still open on our team so we will have a second start date on 11/1/2021.
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. Are you ready for your next adventure?
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 from mid-September 2021 to mid-August 2022. 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.
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). Health insurance reimbursement is also provided, if applicable.
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 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 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.
About AmeriCorps St. Louis
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 Members each year to serve as an Emergency Response Team.