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Reservists (On-Call)

Due to the unpredictable nature of disasters, FEMA employs a temporary, on-call workforce, known as Reservists. Reservist work is available on an as-needed basis (it is not full-time or continuous). Appointments are for up to two years and can be renewed. 

As a Reservist, you may be requested to deploy based upon the needs of a disaster and the need for your position. Deployment opportunities and length of deployments are not guaranteed and may be unpredictable. Reservists should be prepared to deploy at moment’s notice.

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Reservist Signing Bonus

FEMA is currently offering $500 - $2,500 signing bonuses under certain conditions.

Highlights of Being a Reservist:

  • Streamlined, non-competitive hiring process. (Veterans preference does not apply).
  • Health, dental, and vision benefits (when eligibility criteria are met).
  • Paid travel and accommodations.
  • Annual merit-based increases based on performance.
  • Employment and reemployment protections.

How to Apply

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Reservists Positions

FEMA’s mission relies on Reservist employees from diverse backgrounds and career paths, from Emergency Management, Information Technology (IT), Logistics, Human Resources, Environmental Protection, Analytics, External Affairs, Grants Management, Engineering, Customer Service, and more to meet our operational needs.

Our Reservist program is divided into 23 different cadres that are organized by operational responsibilities. Each cadre has various positions, from specialist to leadership level that play a vital role in supporting disaster operations. 

Explore our available cadres using the search function below.


The Acquisitions (ACQ) cadre provides timely, full-range acquisition services in support of disaster operations. They review program requirement requests to determine the most appropriate and effective contractual approach, publicize requirements to offerors, evaluate proposals to determine technically acceptable solutions, legally enter the agency into contractual agreements for goods or services, monitor and measure contractor performance, and close contracts.


  • Contracting
  • Portfolio Management
  • Industry Engagement
  • Quality Assurance
  • Procurement Support

Job Resources

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Employment and Reemployment Protections

If you hold another job outside of FEMA while serving as a FEMA reservist, the Uniformed Service Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) protects that job when you are deployed to disasters, emergencies and trainings on behalf of FEMA.

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Reservists may be eligible for health, dental and vision insurance options, sick leave and paid holidays based on deployment and other conditions.

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