California Emergency Response Corps Member

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Are you a natural leader who is passionate about helping vulnerable communities better prepared for natural disasters? Do you thrive in opportunities where you are building relationships, hosting workshops and working in a collaborative environment? If your answers are “yes!,” we’re looking for you!

The Program

California Emergency Response Corps;

CERC; is a statewide preparedness/ response program whose goal is to help. Californians become better prepared and to deploy to disasters such as wildfires, floods and earthquakes. Bay Area Community Resources is the non-profit lead agency for the program. This program is part of a larger statewide California Volunteer campaign to boost emergency preparedness in communities experiencing social isolation, poverty, or language barriers, and food insecurities.

The Organization:

For more than four decades, Bay Area Community Resources (BACR) has been delivering a wide range of services to schools and other community settings throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Services are clustered in program areas that include expanded learning, behavioral and mental health, fiscal sponsorship, healthy communities, national service, and youth workforce and re-entry. Each year, BACR provides strengths-based, trauma-informed direct services to tens of thousands of people. We continually witness the strength and resilience of the individuals and families we serve who are often those most adversely impacted by systemic racism, poverty, and inequitable access to resources and opportunities. CaliforniaVolunteers, which manages California AmeriCorps programs, identified two counties that are especially vulnerable to the effects of disasters— Fresno, San Bernardino, and Sacramento. The urgent need is to develop an infrastructure in these communities that can deliver emergency support at community food banks and COVID- 19 vaccination operations.

The Position:

California Emergency Response Corps Member

Length/Duration: May 15th through December 31st 2021

Hours: 1200 hour members; 40 hours per week.

Location: Sacramento, CA

AmeriCorps Member Responsibilities

● Serve 40 hours per week

● Must be available to deploy to state-wide emergency operations up to 4 times; 2 weeks each as determined

by California Volunteers.

● Provide day to day support to nonprofit partner-site(s), their mission and internal programs.

● Attend recurring performance check-ins with CERC Management.

● Complete mandatory training in-person or virtually as directed.

● Weekly communication, documentation and timekeeping of hours and activities.

● Support as needed for COVID- Relief activities (i.e. food distribution).

● Willingness to become a local emergency responder in partnership with the Red Cross and CERT.

● Ability to serve all required State/National Service Days (MLK Day, Caesar Chavez, 911 Remembrance).

Community Outreach:

● Strengthening partnerships with local community-based organizations and internal programs

● Attend events and trainings on behalf of partner-site and AmeriCorps programs

● Conduct surveys and other measurable activities

* COVID Restrictions may require amendment to the service-delivery plan

Community Education:

● Members will lead presentations and outreach to strengthen community messaging of COVID- 19 vaccination and volunteer opportunities at partner food banks.

Disaster Response:

As needed, Members will deploy to disasters and provide appropriate assistance to the organization(s) directly managing the disaster response. Deployments will happen on very short notice up to two weeks. After each disaster deployment, members and staff will debrief in order to articulate lessons learned and improve policies and procedures for future disaster responses.


● Age 18 years or older

● U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident

● Live locally to nonprofit partner for day to-day service (Fresno or Inland Empire Area)

● Bachelor’s degree or two years professional or volunteer experience (in related fields)

● Ability to potentially serve evenings and weekends when needed

● Ability to deploy on short notice anywhere in California for disaster response four times yearly for up to two weeks each

● Basic knowledge of Microsoft Suite, Zoom, G Suite and willingness to learn

● Due to recurring access or episodic access to vulnerable populations, service in this role is contingent on the following checks:

DOJ, FBI and National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW).

Successful completion of TB test, and COVID-19 vaccination prior to serving at highly populated events and operations.

Candidates must also possess a personal automobile, a current California driver’s license and maintain valid automobile insurance.

Availability to meet ongoing requirements.

Desired Knowledge, Skills & Experience

● Experience working with community programs. non-profits, churches, community organizations preferred

● Ability to provide a consistent, professional, positive adult relationship with the public and host nonprofit


● Confident oral and written communication skills

● Ability to serve independently and make decisions

● Willingness and ability to take initiative

● Experience working in group and team settings

● Ability to resolve differences professionally.

● High-level organizational skills

● Management of assigned technology/equipment/uniforms

● Ability to speak Spanish or other non-English language strongly preferred

Personal Qualities

● Commitment to the mission and values of the partner- agency and National Service

● Strong leadership skills, flexibility and adaptability to fast changing environments

● Growth mindset

● Ability to inspire others

● Ability to maintain motivation to achieve goals while dealing with challenges

● Committed to community building and service

● Can Do Attitude!

Semi-Monthly member stipend

1312.50 (semi monthly) May 15th 2021 through December 2021

Member Benefits

● Healthcare

● Segal Education Award of $10,195 managed through AmeriCorps National Trust Fund

● Ongoing training and professional development

● Great life experience and professional growth

All Members must maintain the expected hours of service of 40 hours per week; 1200 hours over 7 ½ months

Service hours are typically, Monday through Friday, 9am-6pm.

Apply online at:

Are you a natural leader who is passionate about helping vulnerable communities better prepared for natural disasters? Do you thrive in opportunities where you are building relationships, hosting workshops and working in a…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
  • Start Date
    May 17, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    May 15, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required


$1,312.50 bi-monthly


Health Insurance

Training and Development

Eligible for a Segal Education Award upon completion

Health Insurance

Training and Development

Eligible for a Segal Education Award upon completion

Level of Language Proficiency




Sacramento, CA, USA

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