Join the Harpur’s Ferry Family

If you’re looking for an opportunity to contribute to the Binghamton University community and challenge yourself intellectually and emotionally, Harpur’s Ferry may be the home for you. We are not, however, your typical club. The nature of volunteerism is sacrifice, and to be truly successful as a provider you will have to offer up a lot. Through your sacrifice, however, comes a great deal of reward. Harpur’s Ferry will teach you true empathy, critical thinking, and confidence in addition to introducing you to a lifelong group of friends.

Due to the nature of our squad, we can only take 10-15 new members each semester. On average, 250+ students apply for an opportunity with our agency. While this may be daunting, Harpur’s Ferry organizes its membership process in a manner that identifies those best fit for the challenge via a three round selection process. Any questions regarding the membership precess can be directed towards the personnel coordinator,

Harpur’s Ferry is a demanding yet fulfilling opportunity, and we pride ourselves on being a committed, diverse, and growing squad. Harpur’s Ferry does not solicit information on or make selections based off of any individual’s race, religion, creed, orientation, or place of origin. We require all members to obtain a NYS EMT certification (which HF sponsors), and as such all new members must meet the following minimum standards, most of which are adapted from NYS DOH BEMS Policy Statement 00-01:

  • Possess a valid, unrestricted driver’s license
  • Knowledge and Skills required show need for high school or equivalent education
  • Ability to communicate effectively via telephone and radio equipment
  • Ability to lift, carry and balance up to 125 pounds (250 pounds with assistance)
  • Ability to interpret oral, written and diagnostic form instructions
  • Ability to use good judgement and remain calm in high stress situations
  • Ability to be unaffected by loud noises and flashing lights
  • Ability to function efficiently without interruption throughout an entire work shift
  • Ability to read English language, manuals and road maps
  • Ability to accurately discern street signs and addresses
  • Ability to interview patients, patient family members and bystanders
  • Ability to converse, in English, with coworkers and hospital staff with regards to the status of the patient
  • Possesses good manual dexterity with ability to perform all tasks related to the highest quality patient care
  • Ability to bend, stoop and crawl on uneven terrain
  • Ability to work in low light situations and confined spaces
  • Ability to work with other providers to make appropriate care decisions



Our membership application is now LIVE for the spring semester of 2024! All who are interested in joining Harpur’s Ferry this spring must fill out our application by January 23rd at midnight.

Link to form


Does this sound like you? Our Spring GIM is Thursday, January 31st at 9:00PM in the Mandela Room, we are accepting applications until the start of the GIM!

Interview Process

Individual Interview

Every qualified applicant to Harpur’s Ferry will be given an individual interview with a team of Harpur’s Ferry credentialed providers. Applicants will have the opportunity to discuss the specifics of membership in the agency and introduce themselves to our membership Committee. The membership committee convenes after all interviews are complete and offers select invitations to the next round.

EMT/Non-EMT Group Interview

Invited applicants who hold licensure/certification as an EMT will be separated from those who do not have experience in EMS. The non-EMT groups will undergo some team building activities and group led discussions. The EMT groups will undergo similar team building activities and group led discussions that also touch upon their knowledge of EMS. The purpose of these exercises are to evaluate how individuals integrate into a team, adapt to uncomfortable circumstances, and overcome these challenges. At this point, the Membership Committee will convene and make final selections for the semester’s new membership.