LOCAL - Disaster Services: Disaster Action Team Trainee - New York City - OVERNIGHT SHIFTS PRIORITY

LOCAL - Disaster Services: Disaster Action Team Trainee - New York City - OVERNIGHT SHIFTS PRIORITY

This position supports the Regional Disaster Cycle Services department. To serve on a Disaster Action Team as a worker (in-training) on a DAT response to provide 24-hour immediate support and assistance to individuals and families who have been impacted by a home fire or other local disaster.

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Bronx County,Kings County (Brooklyn),New York County (Manhattan),Queens County,Richmond County (Staten Island)

Key Responsibilities

  • Works as part of an assigned team to respond to local disasters within two hours.
  • Delivers immediate direct client assistance in accordance with Red Cross standards and procedures.
  • Works with on-scene lead to assess whether additional resources/support are required and communicates those needs to DAT Leadership.
  • Attends regularly scheduled team/DAT meetings as required by Chapter/Region.
  • Commits to being available during assigned shifts and communicate scheduling conflicts with DAT Leadership.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by DAT Leadership.



  • Willingness to comply with Red Cross COVID-19 policies for in-person volunteer activities.
  • Demonstrated commitment to mission of the American Red Cross
  • Remains current with all required training
  • Able to respond reliably when on call
  • Able to follow Red Cross DAT and other related standards and procedures
  • Ability to learn and use Red Cross systems, including RC Respond and online interfaces
  • Ability to work in challenging and stressful conditions such as poor air quality, uneven ground, adverse weather, etc.
  • Must have a valid driver's license and/or a timely, reliable way to get to the scene
  • Ability to take direction from steady state and operational leadership.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills

 Ability to:

  • Stand for two-hour periods
  • Sit for two-hour periods
  • Walk on uneven terrain
  • Walk for two miles during a shift
  • Work in extreme heat and/or humidity
  • Work in extreme cold
  • Spend hours writing
  • Speak clearly on the phone and in person
  • Climb two or more flights of stairs
  • Drive in daytime and at night


See the Disaster Responder Training Requirements document for current training requirements.

Development Opportunities

DAT Service Associate, DAT Supervisor, DAT Manager, DAT Coordinator, DAT Duty Officer, Recovery Caseworker, Mass Care related positions

Length of Appointment

2 Years

Time Commitment

This is an extremely rewarding leadership role with volunteers committing toward a supervisory position.

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This video showcases the American Red Cross’ Disaster Action Team Program, spotlighting some of the dedicated and compassionate volunteers that support their local communities on a daily basis.


1 year commitment necessary due to training and mentorship requirements. Volunteer will be supported in achieving important milestones at each stage of development, i.e. 3 month, 6 month and 1 year.

  • During training: 15 hours of online training; three-to-four 90-minute training sessions with a manager
  • Must complete all online training within 3 months
  • Willingness to take on leadership role.
  • Additional training to learn field response
  • Three 8-hour shifts per month
  • Volunteer comes into NYC Chapter HQ and is dispatched from there.
  • Will need to become an authorized driver. Largest vehicle is a 7 passenger van.

 Shift Times

As 2022, we are prioritizing volunteers who can commit to the overnight shifts.
PRIORITY: 10:00pm – 6:00am
Other shift time:
6:00am – 2:00pm
9:00am – 5:00pm
12:00pm – 8:00pm
2:00pm – 10:00pm
Updated on: 3/14/22 by S. Wolfe

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