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Career Paths

From technology, to finance, to logistics, there are a variety of employment opportunities with FEMA. Find the role that's right for you.

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Position Types

Reservists (On-Call)

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Reservists are intermittent, on-call employees. They are the backbone of FEMA’s disaster response or recovery efforts.

Due to the irregular nature of disasters, Reservist employees are not guaranteed regular recurring hours or renewal of employment.

Learn more about Reservists roles.

Permanent Full Time

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Permanent full-time (PFT) employees are hired through a competitive process that includes an application and interview. 

PFT employees may gain competitive status after one year of continuous service and full career tenure after three years of continuous service. 

Learn about permanent full time roles.

Cadre of On-Call Response/Recovery Employees (CORE)

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Cadre of On-Call Response/Recovery Employees (CORE) are hired to work for a specific, limited period, between two to four years. These positions may be renewed if there is ongoing disaster work and funding is available.

Learn about CORE roles.

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.

Learn about Local Hire roles.

Hiring Paths

The federal government offers hiring paths to help hire individuals that represent our diverse society.

Students and Recent Graduates

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Whether you are a student, recent graduate, or hold an advanced degree, we offer employment opportunities that provide training, networking and developmental opportunities.

FEMA helps students and recent graduates build technical and professional skills while developing a broad knowledge of the agency.

Learn about roles for students and recent graduates.

FEMA Corps

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FEMA Corps is a unique, team-based service program that gives 18‐26‐year‐old participants the opportunity to serve communities impacted by disaster while gaining professional development experience.

Learn about FEMA roles with Americorps.

Technology Careers

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FEMA is always looking for mission-driven technologists from the private and public sector with specialties in software and data engineering, product management, user research and design, data science and geospatial analysis.

Learn about technology careers.

Veterans and Military Spouses

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You’ve gained experience and expertise in a military role that has uniquely qualified you to serve. Continue your service and join our mission to continue helping by coordinating emergency preparedness, planning and response.

Learn about roles for veterans and military spouses.

People with Disabilities

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A disability should never stop you from serving your country. At FEMA, we value our employees not only for their diversity but the unique experiences, expertise, skills and abilities they bring to our organization and the customers that we serve.

Learn about roles for people with disabilities.


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Cadres are groups of employees organized by type of work. These groups are based on skills and experience and play a key role in keeping FEMA ready to deploy the right people to the right jobs quickly in an emergency management situation.

Learn about cadres.