There is nowhere to apply to become a staff member. When the staff feels that they need to add someone, they get together and pick who they think will do the best job at that time. And we do not get paid as we are not actually part of the company that owns the forum. We are what is known as "community moderators."
I don't know why these people are lying to you. Maybe because they are affraid you will beat them out for the position. But really you are required to send a 2000 word essay on why you feel you deserve the position and your qualifications. Also you will get a monthly check if you are hired on the staff.
If you really want to apply I'll get you the information you need.