FEMA Corps

What is FEMA Corps?

FEMA Corps is an exciting partnership between The Corporation for National and Community Service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, created in 2012, that establishes a new track of 1,600 service Corps Members within AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) dedicated to disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Just like current AmeriCorps NCCC members, FEMA Corps Members serve a 10 month term and are eligible to serve a second year based on their performance.   

Also like NCCC, FEMA Corps is a full-time, team-based residential service program for men and women age 18–24 operated under the same campus structure as AmeriCorps NCCC. FEMA Corps Members are assigned to one of five NCCC campuses, located in Denver, Colorado; Sacramento, California; Baltimore, Maryland; Vicksburg, Mississippi; and Vinton, Iowa. AmeriCorps NCCC and FEMA Corps Members receive a living allowance of approximately $4,000 for the 10 months of service (about $200 every two weeks before taxes); housing; meals; limited medical benefits; up to $400 a month for childcare, if necessary; member uniforms; and a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of the program.

If interested, please contact Prof. Ed Valla in the Emergency Management Department.

Office: KZ 213
Email: evalla@maritime.edu 
Telephone: 508.830.5000 x 2236

FEMA Corps Eligibility

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Corps members must be 18-24 years old (cannot be older than 24 when start program)
  • Team Leaders are 18 years and up - no age maximum
    -- leadership, communication, responsibility
  • Medical and Legal Clearance
    -- Drug and alcohol free environment
  • No Education Requirement
    -- High School Diploma or GED is Not required, but preferred
    -- Corps members' education levels are diverse
  • Desired Traits:
    -- Flexibility
    -- Motivation and Commitment
    -- Work Ethic and Responsibility
    -- Respect for Diversity
    -- Team Player
    -- Willingness and ability to serve long hours and perform physical labor

FEMA Corps Benefits

  • Satisfaction of serving communities affected by disasters
  • Housing, Meals, Healthcare, Transportation to assignment sites
  • FEMA Trainings and Certifications
  • Networking opportunities - FEMA, local/state governments, nonprofits
  • Online FEMA trainings
  • Shadow FEMA Professionals
  • Trainings and workshops in the field
  • Learn the inner working of Emergency Management
  • Hands on, real experience in Emergency Management
  • Office and management skills at the community level
  • Resume-building experience in EM, service, leadership, team-building, etc.,
  • Loan forbearance for qualified student loans
  • Potential to earn 6 college credits through the American Council on Education in "Supervisory Skills" (Team Leaders only) and "Diversity in Service"
  • $200 bi-weekly stipend for Corps Members ($4,000)
  • $500 bi-weekly stipend for Team Leaders ($12,500)
  • $5,775 education award - pay college tuition, qualified student loans, education abroad
  • Travel across the country
  • Childcare assistance to qualified childcare providers
  • Potential to earn President's Volunteer Service Award/Congressional Service Medal
  • CPR, First Aid, Disaster Services Certification
  • Training in leadership, disaster services, diversity, team building, disability awareness, project management, volunteer coordination and service learning
  • Career Development Assistance (Life After AmeriCorps workshops)

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