Change your world, change your life! Spend a year assisting disaster affected communities, fighting wildfires, and conserving natural resources with a team of 35 young people committed to making a difference. In our country the frequency of natural disasters has doubled in the last decade, and the threat of man-made disasters has increased; yet, most citizens are still unprepared when disaster strikes.
The AmeriCorps St. Louis Emergency Response Team (ERT) is a multi-functional rapid deployment group that has been called out nationally to floods, tornadoes, wildfires, hurricanes, search and rescue, ice storms, and terrorist attacks. When not involved in disaster response or preparedness activities, the ERT assists the Missouri Departments of Conservation and Natural Resources, the U.S. Forest Service, and local Saint Louis organizations with trail maintenance, habitat restoration, prescribed burns, and other natural resource projects.
All ERT Members will receive an intensive orientation including: introduction to disaster services, chainsaw and other power equipment operations, supporting people in crisis, risk management approaches, Incident Command System, emergency communications, physical conditioning, team building and leadership skills, and basic emergency medical care. For over two decades, AmeriCorps St. Louis has a proven history of providing highly successful programs, partnerships, and trainings, making it a model to other programs around the state and country.
You must be 18 years or older and a high school graduate. Members of the Emergency Response Team must be in excellent physical condition, including being able to pass the pack test: a 3-mile walk with a 45-lbs pack completed in under 45 minutes.
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 is a must as ERT Members spend most of their service out of town, living communally and often sleeping in rustic conditions.
On any given day, an AmeriCorps St. Louis Emergency Response Team Member could:
- Provide immediate and long-term relief in areas affected by natural disasters
- Restore Missouri forests, river-ways, and recreation areas
- Build and maintain trails, bridges, cave gates 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 will serve from September 2017 – August 2018. There are still open spots so we are trying to fill. They will receive a monthly living stipend plus an Education Award of around $5,800 after the completion of the program which can be used toward federal student loans or tuition costs. Health insurance reimbursement is also provided.
Update 11/8: Our service term began in September, but we still have a few spots open on our team! Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. A PDF version of our application can be found on our website, www.americorps-stl.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 should fill the form out and email it to the same address. Applicants can also go to www.americorps.gov and search for our program and fill out an application through the national portal.
About AmeriCorps St. Louis
The VISION of AmeriCorps St. Louis is to be a purveyor of skill, a beacon of hope, and a model of public stewardship. AmeriCorps St. Louis serves to create systemic change as well as provide direct service that impacts the well-being of the poor and disenfranchised, particularly children, the elderly, and people with disabilities.
The MISSION of AmeriCorps St. Louis is to enhance the professional skills and life-long ethic of the young men and women who serve; to respond to critical unmet needs in the areas of emergency response and environmental conservation; to leverage service of volunteers; and to build the capacity of our partnering agencies and communities we serve.