ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – In the aftermath of the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, FEMA is hiring local employees to help with the territory’s ongoing disaster recovery effort. It is FEMA’s practice to hire some of its workforce from the local community; these local hires bring cultural and geographic knowledge of the region and often have a sense of mission while working with the agency.
“Building a solid workforce is the key to successfully reaching our goal to recover from these storms and rebuild,” said FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer Michael Byrne. “Virgin Islanders have invaluable insight; when paired with our existing workforce, it broadens our reach to serve the needs of survivors in diverse communities.”
There are currently several positions available, with many local hires going on to have successful careers in emergency management. FEMA hires people based on experience and qualifications; those hired work in a range of programs and positions. The following positions are currently advertised:
- Environmental Historic Preservation (EHP)
- Hazard Mitigation (HM)
- Human Resources (HR)
- Public Assistance (PA)
For more information on how to apply for a temporary position, go to the Virgin Islands Electronic Workforce System (VIEWS) https://www.vidolviews.org/vosnet/Default.aspx. Click on Hurricane Recovery Jobs at the top of the page. Those hired will join the recovery team already in place, which is composed of local and federal workers, voluntary agencies, and community organizations.
All candidates must be U.S. citizens 18 years of age or older, a high school graduate or possess a General Education Diploma (GED). However, some positions will require a college degree or specialized certification. They must have a two acceptable forms of identification; a valid government identification card, such as a driver’s license or military credentials. Before hiring, selected candidates will be subject to a complete background investigation.
It is the policy of FEMA to provide equal opportunity to all employees and applicants in every aspect of their employment and working conditions. FEMA supports the concept of affirmative employment to ensure that personnel policies and practices provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, or retaliation/reprisal.
FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after a disaster.
For official information on the recovery effort following the hurricanes, please visit www.informusvi.com or www.usviupdate.com. Follow us on social media at twitter.com/femaregion2 and www.facebook.com/FEMAUSVirginIslands. To sign up for emergency, weather related, public safety and service disruption alerts on the Virgin Islands, sign up for Alert VI or copy https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736729008#/login into your browser.
To donate or volunteer, contact the voluntary or charitable organization of your choice through the National Voluntary Agencies Active in Disasters (NVOAD) at www.nvoad.org. For those who wish to help, cash donations offer voluntary agencies the most flexibility in obtaining the most-needed resources and pumps money into the local economy to help businesses recover. The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands also has the “Fund for the Virgin Islands” at www.USVIrecovery.org.