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 PFT employees, but do not gain competitive status nor career tenure during their term. CORE employees can be hired under a streamlined process instead of a competitive process.
Because CORE employees are hired under the Robert T. Stafford Act, they are excluded from the provisions of title 5, United States Code, governing jobs in the competitive service.
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 under the Disaster Reform and Recovery Act (DRRA) Section 1222
Before DRRA, Stafford Act Employees could only apply for Permenant Full-Time (PFT) positions open the general public. Now, Stafford Act employees can compete for PFT positions at FEMA under Merit Promotion after 3 or more continous work.
- Current or Former Stafford Act Employees
- You work continuously for at least 3 or more years since August 1, 2014, with no break in service for more than 3 days.
Additional Information on the Disaster Reform and Recovery Act
How to Apply
- Apply now through USAJobs.gov - The job announcement for DRRA eligible positions will indicate "Merit Promotion" and "DRRA Eligibility"
- Steps to Apply - Find out what FEMA looks for in employees and how to apply for a job, including information for applicants with disabilities
- Tips & Guidelines to Federal Employment - Get general information about applying for jobs in and working for the Federal Government