FBI Recruiting Agents &
FEMA Hiring Throughout
U.S. due to Severe Weather
In preparation for the upcoming storm season FEMA is helping to build safe
rooms in communities with tornado exposure.
Many of FEMA’s 10 regions are hiring.
FEMA, The Federal Emergency Management Agency, helps communities throughout the
U.S. prepare for and respond to emergencies of all kinds. For example, the
Agency is currently providing funds to help communities in tornado zones to
re-build. At this writing the Agency has posted 31 openings to the current
Federal vacancy list with more expected to follow.
FEMA responds when victims suffer loss or damage to their homes and property
resulting from disasters either natural or man-made. FEMA helps people recover
Other FEMA Emergencies
In addition to storms FEMA responds to many other types of disasters. The
Agency’s website describes “disaster” as follows, “DISASTER strikes anytime,
anywhere. It takes many forms -- a hurricane, an earthquake, a tornado, a flood,
a fire or a hazardous spill, an act of nature or an act of terrorism. It builds
over days or weeks, or hits suddenly, without warning. Every year, millions of
Americans face disaster, and its terrifying consequences.” See below the list of
specific types of disasters to which FEMA has responded in the past.
FEMA Hires Regularly
In addition to current openings, FEMA regularly hires in many other
occupations which may not have vacancies at any given time but which open
regularly. FEMA’s website declares, “America looks to FEMA during emergencies.
Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team to support disaster survivors when they
need you most.
FEMA fosters innovation, rewards performance and creativity, and provides
challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high
The Agency prides itself on the kind of employment it offers to all of its
employees, those who respond directly to emergencies and those who support them.
FEMA’s recruitment bulletin declares, “FEMA is striving to become the employer
of choice for high quality individuals looking for an environment that fosters
innovation, rewards performance and creativity, and provides challenge on a
Types of Disasters to
Which FEMA Responds
Chemical Dam Failure
Flood Haz. Material
Volcano Wildfire Winter
Nature of Work
Every year FEMA workers dispense millions of dollars in emergency relief to
home and business owners. FEMA community relations officers are assigned to each
affected county to channel this money to victims. This includes immediate aid in
terms of temporary disaster housing that may be required, and also longer term
Federal aid in the forms of low interest loans.
Categories of Employment
Permanent Full Time Employees
Permanent Full Time (PFT) positions follow all Title 5 CFR(Code of Federal
Regulation) provisions. PFT positions are “Competitive Service” appointments.
Competitive civil service jobs are filled according to a merit system in which
the best qualified candidates are chosen based on an application and interview
process. Through fair and open competition, managers may hire a previous or
current Federal employee or choose to hire someone from outside the Federal
Cadre of On-Call Response/Recovery Employees
Cadre of On-Call Response/Recovery Employee (CORE) workers are hired under
the authority and provisions of the Robert T. Stafford Act. CORE positions are
temporary, excepted service appointments with specific “Not to Exceed” dates.
The appointments are two and four-year terms and are typically renewed if there
is ongoing disaster work and funding is available. Excepted service is a special
authority used by the Federal government which allows agencies to use a
streamlined hiring process rather than hiring through the traditional
competitive process. This authority allows agencies to help meet an unusual or
special hiring need. CORE positions are excluded from Title 5 Code of Federal
Regulation (CFR) provisions covering government organizations and employees.
A Reservist is a Federal employee who works on an on-call, intermittent
basis forming the major workforce for FEMA in times of emergency or disaster.
Reservists play significant roles in helping FEMA accomplish critical goals and
objectives. Reservists help complete FEMA’s mission by staffing Joint Field
Offices (JFOs) and Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs), interviewing disaster
victims, conducting and verifying damage assessments, providing administrative,
financial and logistical support and performing a wide variety of other tasks as
identified by staffing needs and operational requirements.
Reservists are highly motivated individuals who are capable of producing quality
work with minimal supervision in a pressure-filled environment. The life of a
Reservist can be exhausting, frustrating, challenging and rewarding. The hours
can be long and the conditions can sometimes be difficult, but the payoff is the
satisfaction of knowing you have brought aid, relief and comfort to those
individuals affected by a disaster or an emergency.
• United States citizen or national
• Highly motivated
• A self-starter who can work with minimal supervision
• Able to pick up and leave home with sometimes 24-48 hours notice
• Able to be away from home for 30 days or more
• Able to travel to any state or territory at a moment’s notice.
• Computer literate / able to prioritize tasks / customer service oriented
• Financially able to work only part of the year and have an unpredictable
• Able to work long hours - seven days a week in some circumstances
• Able to work effectively under physical and mental pressure
• Able to pass a background investigation
Pay levels correspond with experience, skill set and job classification and
range from $11.29 to $42.03 per hour.
An appointment as a FEMA Reservist does not carry a guarantee of employment or
renewal of employment. Opportunities for work are limited because of the
sporadic nature of disasters. Hence, Reservists must consider the Reservist
Program as an intermittent source of income.
See below for FEMA Regional Office addresses.
How To Apply
Job candidates may visit
FEMA's main website
for application procedures.
Additional information can be
99 High Street
Boston, MA 02110
ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT
26 Federal Plaza
New York, NY 10278
NY, NJ, PR, VI
615 Chestnut Street
One Independence Mall, Sixth Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106
PA, MD, DC, DE, VA, WV
3003 Chamblee-Tucker Road
Atlanta, GA 30341
TN, KY, NC, SC, GA, MS, AL, FL
536 South Clark St 6th Floor
Chicago, IL 60605
IL, IN, OH, MI, MN, WI
Federal Regional Center
800 N. Loop 288
Denton, TX 76209-3698
TX, LA, AR, OK, NM
9221 Ward Pkw Ste 300
Kansas City, MO 64114
MO, KS, IA, NE
Denver Federal Center
BLDG 710, Box 25267
Denver, CO 80225-0267
CO, UT, WY, MT, ND, SD
111 Broadway Suite 1200
Oakland Ca 94607-4052
CA, NV, AZ, HI, Pacific Islands
Federal Regional Center
130 228TH ST., S.W.
Bothell, WA 98021-8627
WA, OR, ID, AK