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FEMA Corps MemberPosted by: AmeriCorps NCCC
Posted date: 2013-Aug-13
Are you interested in a career in emergency management? Want to leave your mark while learning new skills? FEMA Corps could be the perfect opportunity for you to get experience while helping others. We are looking for men and women ages 18-24 to join our emergency management team.
FEMA Corps is an NCCC track for young adults who want to gain professional skills in emergency management while serving with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) staff on disaster response and recovery efforts. It is a 10 month, full-time, team-based residential service program that was developed in partnership with FEMA and the Corporation for National and Community Service, the agency that oversees AmeriCorps NCCC.
As a member, you’ll be assigned to one of five NCCC campuses. Your focus will solely be on emergency management and long-term recovery activities within FEMA. You’ll provide administrative and logistical support in areas that include:
-Educating communities, assessing needs, and collecting information
-Developing materials that promote disaster preparation to the public
-Ordering materials, tracking inventory, loading supplies, and managing IT equipment
-Updating electronic files, managing data, and compiling reports
-Working with nonprofits and government agencies to coordinate services for disaster survivors
-Helping survivors complete applications for disaster assistance
-Assessing and reporting damage to public facilities
-Setting up shelter operations and re-unification of families and pets
AmeriCorps NCCC members are provided with housing, food, health benefits, transportation to projects, and qualified student loan forbearance. They earn a modest living stipend of about $200 every two weeks, before taxes are withheld. Upon successful completion of the program, they also earn a $5,550 education award that can be applied to future schooling or to pay off existing qualified student loans. FEMA Corps members also receive additional training and experience to prepare you for a career in emergency management and related fields. You’ll learn about working with communities, public speaking, customer service, and office/management skills while giving back and positively impacting the lives of disaster survivors.
If you are team-oriented and interested in how emergency management and disaster recovery happens, visit our website and apply today: www.nationalservice.gov/americorpsnccc/
To begin a term of service in Fall (beginning in August), apply by April 1. To begin a term of service in Winter (beginning in February), apply by October 1.
Qualifications: 18-24 years old; U.S. citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien
*Priority will be given to applicants with knowledge, skills and abilities in leadership, motivation, commitment, flexibility, team building, an interest in emergency management or disaster response, and a strong work ethic
How to Apply
Follow the steps outlined below to complete and submit your application. We suggest referencing this during your application process. To begin in August, apply between October 1 and April 1. To begin in February, apply between April 1 and October 1.
1) Go to http://my.americorps.gov
2) Click on “Apply to Serve” under the log-in box on the My AmeriCorps front page
3) Complete and submit your profile
4) Check your e-mail for a message from recruitmentamericorps.gov
5) Click on the link in that e-mail to create your username and password and access your My AmeriCorps account
· You will use this account throughout your AmeriCorps service, so keep track of your username and password
6) Click on “Applications” in the column on the left
7) Click the “Create Application” button
8) Complete your application
· Please note that some open-response questions have a word limit. If you exceed that limit, you will need to edit your response.
· Corps Member applicants should include at least two references on the last page of the application.
· If you have previously been a NCCC Corps Member, your references should include your Team Leader and your Unit Leader.
· After creating reference profiles, click the boxes in the “Select” column before clicking the “Finish Application” button
9) Congratulations! You’ve now completed your application. The next step is to submit it to the program.
· You may submit your application for the Fall-start cycle (start date in August) between October 1 and April 1
· You may submit your application for the Winter-start cycle (start date in February) between April 1 and October 1
10) Click on “Search Listings” in the column on the left.
11) In the “Quick Search” box use the “Program Type” drop down:
· Select “AmeriCorps NCCC” if you want to be a Corps Member
· You do not need to provide a state or program name
· Click “Search”
12) In the search results, click on the program name (make sure it says FEMA Corps if that program track interests you) for your preferred start cycle.
· The Fall start cycle typically begins in August or early September for Corps Members, not necessarily September 1.
· The Winter start cycle typically begins in late January or early February for Corps Members, not January 1.
· All selected applicants will receive a Welcome Packet with their campus’ specific calendar several months before beginning the program.
13) Review the program description and click “Apply Now” at the bottom of the page. Then:
· Verify the application that will be used – it is listed below “submit listing” at the top of the certification screen.
· Read the certification and select one of the radio buttons
· Click “Submit”
· You will receive an e-mail confirmation that your application has been submitted.
· In 2-3 weeks you will receive a packet in the mail with next steps and additional information.