Become a Full Time Member

Applications for Year 26 will open in February 2019

To apply: 

1. Submit your application at along with two references OR

2. Download and Save the AmeriCorps St. Louis Application. You must open it, save as a PDF, and send the completed application to along with two references. Use this Reference Form.

3. Both references must be submitted for your application to be considered. 


Liana Kopp,

Year 22

"The skills I am leaving this program with are too many to count.

More importantly, I learned how to be a better friend and teammate, how to lead a group of my peers, how to be flexible in ever changing conditions. I became a more outgoing and capable person. And I made some of the best friends I will ever have."


Emergency Response Team

Position begins September 2019 -- Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Spend a year assisting disaster-affected communities, fighting wildfires, and conserving natural resources with a team of 35 other young adults. 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 making real advances in both disaster preparedness and response. The 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 Missouri organizations with trail maintenance, habitat restoration, and other natural resource projects.

Members of the Emergency Response Team must be in good physical condition and 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

All ERT Corps Members will receive an intensive orientation including: physical conditioning, team building and leadership skills, introduction to disaster services, chainsaw and other power equipment operations, dealing with people in crisis, risk management approaches, Incident Command System, emergency communications, and basic emergency medical care.

Learn more about how our Members grow during their service.


AmeriCorps VISTA Position Open!

AmeriCorps St. Louis is looking to fill the Outreach Coordinator VISTA position. 

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Position begins January 2019.

Click here to learn more about the mission of AmeriCorps VISTA. 

VISTA Member Duties: The AmeriCorps St. Louis VISTA Outreach Coordinator will have a variety of roles. All three ACSTL VISTAs much be able to serve independently and as a team. The Outreach Coordinator will recruit, train, engage and celebrate done-in-a-day and on-going volunteers. They must have excellent verbal and writing skills as well as basic knowledge in the use of a variety of social media tools, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google databases. The Outreach Coordinator must be as comfortable telling our story on stage as they are online. ACSTL is often fast-paced, demanding, and challenging. There may be times when the Outreach Coordinator is required to be onsite at a Missouri disaster to coordinate a Volunteer Reception Center for an extended time. This will require sound judgment, the ability to embrace chaos, cultural competency, creative problem solving, true commitment and a great sense of humor. We want a team player who can represent the passion of AmeriCorps St. Louis! 

Service Description : AmeriCorps St. Louis (ACSTL) will begin its 25th year in the fall of 2018. ACSTL has a highly trained and highly regarded 42-Member Emergency Response Team (ERT). A three-Member team of AmeriCorps VISTAs will serve primarily as a unit out of the ACSTL Headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, but they may be deployed for extended lengths of time to assist on disaster responses. These VISTA Coordinators will be challenged to recruit, engage and support volunteers; to sustain and expand partnerships, in-kind resources and monetary contributions; and to educate the larger community on the valuable impact of volunteer service. As a team, the ACSTL VISTA Coordinators will greatly enhance the ERT's capacity to serve the least served, last served or never served, whose lives have been turned upside-down by disaster or homelessness.

If interested in applying, please email a resume to Kelley at for additional information on the application process.


The relationships I have formed while serving with AmeriCorps St. Louis are irreplaceable. And that is a lesson Joplin helped reinforce. In a time where technology removes so much of personal contact, I am reminded that trusted relationships cannot be replaced. There is so much to be gained, personally and for the mission, by sincerely caring about those you serve and work alongside.
— Quinn Gardner, Years 15-18