Are you ready to challenge yourself and serve humanity at the same time? Do you have special skills you want to put to use in serving those most in need, regardless of what country they live in? Do you enjoy a physical challenge and the opportunity to step outside your norm? If you answered yes to any of these, Empact may be for you!
Empact currently seeks out and trains volunteer members every two years. The selection process is competitive and those selected then attend several months of training to become proficient rescuers and disaster responders. Required experience or background is dependent on the billet chosen (more below) and there's a spot for almost every skill set.
Think you have what it takes? Sign up to be notified for our next selection process now! Or, if you're ready now, apply below.
Please Note: While we accept applications on an ongoing basis, we only consider volunteers every other Summer, in odd years with a start date the following January. When you submit an application, you will receive an automated response. You will not hear from us again until the open application period unless other arrangements have been made.
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Frequently asked questions
There's so many positions. Which one should I apply for?
We welcome applicants to apply for as many positions for which they are qualified. Please note that if you apply for multiple positions, we will do our best to honor your preferences, but ultimately we will place you in the billet that greatest fits the need of the organization.
Does every applicant get accepted?
Each application period brings us far more applicants than billets and so we're unable to accommodate every potential volunteer.
Is there a physical test? Background check?
What will Empact provide me if I'm accepted?
Are there dues or other financial requirements?
Every member is responsible for dues totaling $200 per year. Payment can be made at the beginning of the calendar year or through automatic monthly installments. These dues help to offset equipment purchases and basic organizational expenses to support volunteer deployments.
Training? How much training?
Every member is required to attend training appropriate to their position and the amount of training varies based on the assignment.
100% attendance is required for the Indoctrination and Basic Training course, and a 65% attendance is required for all unit drills thereafter, calculated on a quarterly basis.
Members who do not maintain a drill attendance of 65% become non-deployable. Those who do not maintain a drill of 70% for two consecutive years may be removed from the team altogether.
I'm already a member of X technical rescue, medical, FEMA team, etc. Do I still have to attend training?
Regardless of outside affiliation, all personnel are required to attend the minimum assigned annual training. No exceptions will be made. Members are allowed to take short term sabbaticals to tend to personal and career issues, but based on duration these may affect a members deployment status.
I see that you have paid staff too. Will volunteering get me a job with Empact?
Volunteering with Empact Northwest and participating in training or other other volunteer activities is in no way a promise of a future paid job.
Do I have to deploy internationally?
All new members are required to be eligible for international travel and assignment. Existing members may be granted a temporary waiver of this requirement for health, career, or personal reasons.
Is there a minimum time commitment?
What if I don't like country X, do i have to deploy there?
Empact cannot control the locations of disasters and does not discriminate based on anything other than necessity, opportunity, and security concerns. Members are expected to make themselves available for deployment regardless of destination, however certain exceptions may be made as necessitated by security, health, or other concerns. Ultimately, Empact cannot require you to deploy to a country where you feel your safety or health would be put at risk and as a volunteer, you always have the right to decline a deployment.
If I'm not assigned to a unit can I still attend their training?
Absolutely! All of our members are welcome to attend any organizational training, space allowing, regardless of their assignment.
Do I have to buy my own uniforms and equipment?
Empact will provide all of your safety equipment, basic deployment equipment, and one basic uniform. Members spend, on average, an additional $300 over 2-3 years to purchase additional uniforms and other deployment related equipment.
Do I have to live in Seattle?
While the organization has no residency requirement, all members are required to attend initial and ongoing training in Bremerton, WA. This can be a significant travel commitment for those living outside of the immediate Seattle region.
I have a job and a family, what if I can't make a deployment?
We get it! This is a volunteer position and we'll NEVER ask you to jeopardize your employment or your family for a deployment. Periodic inability to deploy due to employment or family conflicts will never affect your status with the organization, provided that if a pattern of unavailability is noted, you may be asked to move into a non-deployed billet.
I still have questions, is there someone I can ask?
Sure, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on social media. Our team would be happy to answer whatever questions you might have.