Become a Member

Thank you for considering service through the Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps’ AmeriCorps program! Join a growing team of citizens committed to serving their country through positions in education, environment, public safety or social services.. PMSC/AmeriCorps members receive a living allowance while serving, gain new skills and experience, and find satisfaction from helping others. Members who complete their term of service also earn the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans.




Frequently Asked Questions

  • What type of positions are available?
  • What qualifications do I need to serve?
  • How do I apply?
  • Do I need to join to be a member?
  • What is a host site?
  • Do I receive a wage while serving?
  • What is the education award?
  • Can I defer my student loans while serving?
  • What is a "term of service"?
  • Do I get health care benefits?
  • Can I get child care benefits?
  • Is housing paid for?
  • Can I go to school or work another job while I serve?
  • Are there any restrictions to who can serve as an AmeriCorps member?

    What types of positions are available?
    Education based, environmental, and social services positions are available at non-profits, municipal, and faith based organizations across Western Pennsylvania. View available positions on our Service Positions page by location, agency, and position description.

    What qualifications do I need to serve?
    To qualify for PMSC AmeriCorps you must be a United States citizen, United States national or lawful permanent resident of the United States and be at least 17 years of age. There is no upper age limit, and many members bring significant work and life experiences to their assignment. PMSC's oldest member to date was 78!

    How do I apply?
    Your first step is to complete the online application. Your application information will be made available to organizations with an open position. We also encourage individuals to look at our list of available positions and contact organizations with positions for which you are qualified, to let them know you would like to be considered for an interview. However, this is a competitive process, and filling out an application, or requesting to be considered for an interview, does not guarantee selection to serve. If a position is marked filled on our website, it is not available. We generally accept applications May through December. Check back often for new openings or updates.

    Do I need to join to be a member?

    If selected to serve, one is considered to be “a member” of the national AmeriCorps service movement and therefore referred to as an “AmeriCorps member”. Members in the PMSC AmeriCorps program have the opportunity to serve at a non-profit or governmental organization within: Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Clearfield, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton,Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, or Westmoreland Counties.

    What is a host site?
    A “host site” is an organization that has an AmeriCorps service position.

    Do I receive a wage while serving?
    AmeriCorps members receive a "living stipend" while actively serving. The stipend is not considered a wage, it is a stipend to help you with living expenses while you serve. The stipend for 1700 hours of service is currently a maximum of $12,100 divided and distributed biweekly over the service term. The stipend for 900 hours of service is currently a maximum of $6,292 divided and distributed biweekly over the service term. Federal, state, and local taxes are withheld. In addition, upon succesful completion of a program year, members are eligible to receive an education award.

    What is the education award?
    After successfully completing a term of service, PMSC AmeriCorps members are eligible to receive the "Segal AmeriCorps Education Award". The award may be used to pay education costs at qualified institutions of higher education, for educational training, or to repay qualified student loans.The award for a year of full-time service is $5,550 and $2,775 for part-time ( 900 hours) service, and $1,175 for a 300 hour service position. Once earned, the award is deposited into a trust fund and receipients have seven years to use the money. The money may be disbursed in increments or used all at once. For members 55 and over, the award may be transfered to a child or grandchild. For more Education Award information, click here or go to http://www.nationalservice.gov/about/serveamerica/edaward.asp

    Can I defer my student loans while I serve in an AmeriCorps position?
    You may qualify for postponement, also called forbearance, while serving. A forbearance request may be made to your loan holder once you have started a term of AmeriCorps service.
     
    What is a term of service?
    A full- time term of service is 1700 hours, and a part-time term is 900 hours. There may also be some non-stipended 450 and 300 hour terms that receive an education award only. The term of service may be served August-August, August-June, or October-August. Occasionally an additional late start date is added. Start dates are indicated on our service positions page. Host sites determine which start date they will use and if their position will be full or part-time. When accepting a position, a member must be willing to make a commitment to serve the entire term.

    Do I get health care benefits?
    Members serving 1700 hours are eligible for basic health care coverage for themselves. The coverage, including prescription is at no cost to members. Plan copays and benefits are detailed at the Summit America Website. Click Here.

    Can I get child care benefits?
    Members serving 1700 hours may be eligible to receive assistance with child care costs. The benefit is dependent on family income.

    Is housing paid for?
    No. Housing is not provided for PMSC AmeriCorps service.

    Can I go to school or work another job while I serve?
    Yes. There are no restrictions on attending school or seeking additional employment while serving with PMSC AmeriCorps.Members can not be employed and serve at the same organization. This includes substitute teaching or coaching for the same school district in which you serve. Review your position’s time demands directly with your host organization.

    Are there any restrictions to who can serve as an AmeriCorps member?
    To qualify for PMSC AmeriCorps service you must be a United States citizen, United States national or lawful permanent resident of the United States and be at least 17 years of age. Members must also provide criminal, childabuse and FBI clearances. A criminal history may barr service as governed by federal statutes and the PA. Department of Education.

  • PMSC/AmeriCorps 119 Park St. Ebensburg, PA 15931 tele:814-472-7690 fax:814-472-5033 pmsc@pmsc.org
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