When disaster strikes, America looks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. FEMA prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce. Please visit www.fema.gov for additional information.
FEMA is seeking talented men and women who are eager to assist disaster survivors on an intermittent, on-call basis. In this type of role, you will travel, receive training, build your professional network, and support those in need. Reservist positions are temporary appointments within the Excepted Service and are not to exceed 2 years in duration. Reservists differ from Permanent employees in that they are not guaranteed employment or renewal of employment. Work opportunities are intermittent due to the irregular nature of disasters. Reservists also do not earn career tenure or competitive status in the Federal government. This means they must compete with the public for Federal jobs rather than receive preference. Additionally, veterans’ preference does not apply to the Reservist program selection process.
EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: Every FEMA employee has regular and recurring emergency management responsibilities, though not every position requires routine deployment to disaster sites. All positions are subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations, which may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites with physically austere and operationally challenging conditions.
STAFFORD ACT EXCEPTED SERVICE APPOINTMENTS: The Reservist Program is an appointment type granted under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Section 306 (b), which authorizes FEMA to appoint such temporary employees as necessary to accomplish work authorized under the Act. Appointments under this authority within FEMA are made to the excepted service and are nonpermanent in nature.
- 75% or Greater
- In addition to frequent travel related to deployment(s), occasional non-emergency travel may also be required.
NOTE: Qualifications are based on breadth/level of experience. In addition to describing duties performed, applicants must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from MM/YY to MM/YY) and the number of hours worked per week if part time. As qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information, failure to provide this information may result in disqualification. Applicants are encouraged to use the USAJOBS Resume Builder to develop their federal resume. For a brief video on How to Create a Federal Resume, click here.
Current or former FEMA Reservists/DAE employees: To accurately credit your experience for these intermittent positions, make sure to list the dates (from MM/YY to MM/YY) of each deployment, along with the job title and specific duties you were responsible for during each deployment. Failure to provide this information may result in disqualification.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.
You may qualify if you have experience in one or more of the following areas:
- Community recovery
- Contracting or procurement
- Customer service
- Damage assessments
- Data entry
- Disability advocacy or case management
- Dispute resolution and meditation
- EEO and civil rights experience to include Title VI or VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
- Emergency management
- Environmental or Historic Preservation
- Financial management
- Floodplain management
- Geospatial Information Systems
- Human Resources
- Information Technology
- Insurance processing (casualty and property)
- Inventory management
- Media Relations
- Occupational Health and Safety or experience as a Safety Officer
- Training or instruction
Your application must show that you meet all requirements for this position. You may be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position.
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