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