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Cadre of On-Call Response/Recovery (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.

CORE employees are generally eligible for the same benefits as Permanent Full-Time (PFT) employees, but do not gain competitive status nor career tenure during their term.

What's a Cadre?
Our "cadres" are teams organized by skill and experience. Learn about the 23 cadres that represent the work we do at FEMA.

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About CORE Positions

FEMA CORE man speaks to the press.

“Working at FEMA has allowed me to directly engage with disaster survivors and provide lifesaving and impactful messaging. As part of the Field Leadership team, I embrace the significant responsibility of coaching, educating and notably, mentoring fellow employees.”

– Craig B., Region 5 IMAT-External Affairs Officer, CORE employee


CORE employees are hired under the Robert T. Stafford Act and are excluded from the provisions of title 5, United States Code, governing jobs in the competitive service. They can be hired under a streamlined process instead of a competitive process.


CORE jobs are full-time positions for two to four-years. The term may be renewed if there is ongoing disaster work and funding is available.

Career Tenure and Competitive Status 

CORE employees 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.

What to Expect During the Hiring Process

  1. Current 1. Find Right Role
  2. 2. Apply for Job
  3. 3. Application Review
  4. 4. Interview & Offer
  5. 5. Background Check
  6. 6. Final Job Offer
  7. 7. Onboarding

1. Find a role that is right for you

Check out our career paths and other resources.

Job Resources

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

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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.