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American Red Cross Central California Region


Your local Red Cross responds to an average of two home fires per day. To ensure we are supporting our community it is crucial that we have volunteers supporting our efforts by dispatching and coordinating our volunteer teams. This role can be performed from anywhere a volunteer has access to a computer, internet connection, and phone.

The Duty Officer is the on-call operations lead for the Kern & Eastern Sierras Chapter and ensures a timely and appropriate response to emergencies that occur with the region. The Duty Officer receives the initial request for assistance from first response agencies and individuals that have experienced a disaster; coordinates the mobilization and deployment of initial responders to the disaster scene; and provides ongoing technical assistance and deployment of additional support resources as needed.

Job Duties:
Receive and screen calls, evaluate response needs, and deploy appropriate Red Cross responders
Provide technical support for responders including: Performing an initial assessment and verification of the disaster
Serving as a liaison between the Disaster Action Team (DAT) responders and other support teams
Providing guidance to DAT about questions related to specific assistance that may be provided to clients
Identifying temporary lodging for disaster clients.
Maintains regular communication with deployed responders
Accurately completes incident reporting and sends out response notifications using regional systems in a timely manner.
Contacting the Manager On Call for technical assistance and guidance for incidents that are non-routine or may trigger an extended need for service delivery (i.e. opening a congregate shelter or service center)

Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
Strong written, listening, and verbal communication skills.
Ability to learn and implement Red Cross service delivery policies, procedures, and services.
Ability to work effectively as part of the team.
Ability to adapt to change, negotiate compromise, seek clarity, be flexible, and manage ambiguity.
Ability to manage multiple priorities and tasks simultaneously.
Ability to work for extended periods of time under stressful conditions.
Ability to effectively work with diverse cultures including their own and others. Ability to use basic computer programs (Word, Excel), email, Exchange.
Ability to treat clients and workforce with patience and compassion.

Time Commitment:
Minimum two, six-hour shifts per week for a period of at least one year.

Apply at redcross.org/volunteertoday

The mission of the American Red Cross is to alleviate human suffering by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. As Duty Officer, you will be primary contact for initiating disaster responses in our Kern & Eastern Sierras Chapter. You will be coordinating a workforce of dedicated responders, and supported by our Disaster Cycle Services team and subject matter experts. This role is the first step to helping victims of disaster on their road to recovery.

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About American Red Cross Central California Region


1300 W. Shaw Ave., Ste. 4B, Fresno, CA 93711, US

Mission Statement

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.


Types of volunteer opportunities may include:

Boots on the Ground -- Your role could be to respond to home fires and other emergencies in your community, conduct in-home smoke alarm installations, or working in a wildfire shelter providing safe accommodations.

Instructor/Presenter positions to deliver education programs focused on preparedness, disasters and how to "Be Red Cross Ready" to adults and youth.

Working behind the Scenes positions include Keep the Red Cross Running -- Your role could be administrative/office support, scheduling shifts for your fellow volunteers, or logistics management to ensure disaster relief operations have the necessary supplies and equipment.

Lead the Way -- "Leadership" volunteers guide our efforts, inspire our volunteers and hold us accountable to the highest standards. Your role could be to lead a small team of fellow volunteers, act as an advisor to a Red Cross Club for youth, or support local Red Cross services by joining an advisory board or the Board of Directors.

Tell the Red Cross Story -- Communications & Outreach volunteers educate the public about Red Cross services and stories in your community. By getting our message out, you'll educate people in need about how we can help, while attracting volunteers and donors to the mission.

You can make a difference today at by becoming a volunteer at redcross.org/volunteer

Crisis Support
Disaster Relief
Emergency & Safety


We'll work with your schedule.


5035 Gilmore AveBakersfield, CA 93308



  • Disaster Relief Call Center
  • Disaster Response
  • Public Advocacy
  • Multi-Tasking
  • People Skills
  • Problem Solving


  • People 55+


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Availability to serve on-call on a rotating schedule.
  • Complete online training curriculum and 6 month volunteer commitment

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