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Local Hire

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Local hire employees are local residents who aid in the recovery of their community throughout the recovery process. Local Hire employees are hired into 120-day appointments and may be extended based on the needs of the disaster.

FEMA’s mission relies on Local Hire employees from diverse professional backgrounds, such as:

  • Emergency Management
  • Administrative Support
  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Logistics
  • Human Resources
  • Environmental Protection
  • Analytics
  • External Affairs
  • Grants Management
  • Engineering
  • Customer Service
  • And more

Highlights of Being a Local Hire

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  • Streamlined, non-competitive hiring process (veterans preference does not apply).
  • Health, dental, and vision benefits (when eligibility criteria are met).

How to Apply

Explore and apply to currently open Local Hire positions on USAJobs.gov.

Job Resources

Positions are available across the General Schedule with additional locality pay adjustments based on location.

Get the inside scoop on resume writing for a federal job. A federal resume is your application to a position and requires more detail than private-sector resumes.

Use the template to help prepare your resume.

Career Path Tool (CPT) lets current and prospective FEMA employees explore the many different careers that are available at FEMA.

A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.