Environment Emergency Response Team Member
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 St. Louis organizations with trail maintenance, habitat restoration, and other natural resource projects.
All ERT Members will receive an intensive orientation including: physical conditioning, 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 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:
1. Provide immediate and long-term relief in areas affected by natural disasters
2. Restore Missouri forests, river-ways, and recreation areas
3. Build and maintain trails, bridges, cave gates and more
4. Fight wildland fires or participate in prescribed burns in Missouri or Western States
5. Conduct disaster response and preparedness trainings for communities and other national service organizations
**Update** Our program year began on September 18, but we still have a few spots open. The next round of Members will begin their term of service on October 23. Members will serve through mid-August 2018. They will receive a monthly living stipend of about $1,100 plus an Education Award after the completion of the program. Health insurance reimbursement is also provided.
How to ApplyApplications are still open and are accepted on a rolling basis until all 35 slots are filled. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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