Update: Our program term began on 9/21/21 but we still have a few spots open on our team, so we will have a second start date on 11/1/21!
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?
ERT Members are highly skilled, thoroughly trained, equipped and organized to quickly deploy to impacted communities. The team supports emergency managers and relief agencies in addressing critical unmet needs, particularly in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. The team can assist with search and rescue, initial damage assessment, debris clearance, distribution of life sustaining supplies and outreach to impacted families. At the same time, other Members collaborate with community leaders to effectively manage volunteers, coordinate donations and help develop a structure to address immediate relief and long-term recovery needs.
The preservation of our country’s natural resources and national parks is also an important aspect of ERT. When not responding to natural disasters, the ERT functions as a conservation corps serving across Missouri, with limited time in Illinois and Montana depending on the year. We partner with the U.S. Forest Service, the Missouri Department of Conservation, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and local Missouri agencies. These environmental stewardship projects include exotic invasive species removal, trail construction, trail maintenance, glade restoration, bridge construction, preserving wilderness areas, maintaining and rehabbing recreational areas, prescribed burning and fireline preparation, planting trees and wild land fire suppression.
Education award upon successful completion of service, Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
Members receive a small food budget while out on weekly projects. Health insurance reimbursement is provided, if applicable.
Desired Certifications or Qualifications
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, traveling and adventure is desired as ERT Members spend most of their service out of town, living communally in rustic conditions.
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.
Uniforms provided and required
Subject to criminal background check