FEMA consistently seeks talented and hard-working people who are eager to assist disaster survivors and first responders on an on-call basis as a Reservist employee. They are the main FEMA workforce during an emergency or disaster. Watch a video about FEMA and being a reservist.
Reservists travel, receive training, build professional networks and support those in need. The work is available intermittently. Applicants must commit to working on an on-call basis, be available to travel within 24-48 hours, be deployed for 30 or more days and possess a strong work ethic. Read more details on the Reservist Program.
Reservists 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. Appointments are for two years and can be renewed. Reservists can be hired under a streamlined process instead of a competitive process.
Reservists are also hired to a position within a Cadre based on their skills and experience. Cadres are groups of personnel organized by operational function. If interested, please review the cadre options below and see where your skills and interests align.
How to Apply
Applying is easy! You can apply to be a reservist by emailing your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org and include "reservist" of interest in the subject line.
The Acquisitions (ACQ) cadre manages contracting activities by providing procurement advice, guidance, and information to coworkers, customers, and/or contracting parties. They review requirement request packages to determine the most appropriate and effective contractual approach, publicize program requirements to businesses, review business proposals, legally enter the agency into contractual agreements for goods or services, monitor and measure contractor performance, and close contracts.
- Experience that demonstrates purchasing, accounting, or finance clerical or administrative experience
- Proficient in working with automated financial systems as well as proficient in using document and spreadsheet programs
- Knowledge of Federal contracting laws, regulations, principles, and procedures, contracts and provisions, and methods of contracting
- Experience analyzing cost and price quotations and proposals in order to identify and pursue appropriate courses of actions
If you are interested in a position in the Acquisition cadre, please visit FEMA Reservist to apply.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
The Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) cadre supports field employees, leads, supervisors, and managers by providing a range of decision-making, conflict prevention, and conflict resolution services on request to prevent escalation.
- 4-year degree
- 300 hours of conflict resolution practice training
- Five (5) years of experience providing ombuds services, mediation, coaching, facilitation, and similar 3rd party neutral processes in the workplace
An advanced degree may be substituted for 100 hours of training and two (2) years of experience.
- Work experience should include a variety of non-EEO, informal, ADR processes such as coaching, facilitation, mediation, team building, workgroup, ombuds, conciliation, group participation (Arbitration, other third-party decision-making ADR processes, and EEO mediation are not processes used in this position and may not be used to meet the minimum required years of dispute resolution experience)
- Experience conducting non-academic skill development training in conflict resolution or organizational ombuds techniques such as mediation, facilitation, coaching, and other conflict resolution or organizational ombuds techniques
- Self-awareness about how your communications land on others, and to accept feedback non-defensively
- High level of computer literacy and proficient use of a wide array of software applications, including but not limited to, the Microsoft Office suite of programs, including Word, PowerPoint, Access, Excel, and Lync
If you are interested in a position in the Alternative Dispute Resolution cadre, please visit FEMA Reservist to apply.
The Disability Integration (DI) cadre leads FEMA's commitment to achieving whole community emergency management, inclusive of individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, by providing guidance, tools, methods and strategies to establish equal physical, program and effective communication access. They provide guidance to assist with ensuring people with disabilities have equal access to programs and services, guidance regarding effective communication access, technical assistance to establish accessibility at all field locations, and strategic analysis.
Extensive knowledge of disability related civil rights laws, and regulations and demonstrated experience in providing guidance as it pertains to disability access, integration, full inclusion, and independent living philosophy vs. medical model
Demonstrated experience in utilizing existing resources within communities to meet the access and functional needs of individuals with and without disabilities
If you are interested in a position in the Disability Integration cadre, please visit FEMA Reservist to apply.
Disaster Emergency Communications
The Disaster Emergency Communications (DEC) cadre deploys, installs, operates, maintains, and protects telecommunications and operations assets in response to all-hazards disasters and in support of planned special events. They install maintain and protect telecommunications equipment, facilitate interoperable communications, and aid in evaluating pot-disaster communication needs.
Knowledge of telecommunications equipment and procedures
Experience working with federal, state, and local emergency management officials
Basic computer skills and the ability to learn new programs quickly
Flexibility to a changing environment
Multi-tasking and problem-solving skills
If you are interested in a position in the Disaster Emergency Communications cadre, please visit FEMA Reservist to apply.
Disaster Field Training Operations
The Disaster Field Training Operations (DFTO) cadre plans, develops, promotes, and delivers disaster performance improvement and training opportunities. They staff the training unit in the joint field office, plan and coordinate training activities, oversee the development of training collateral, and provide guidance.
Experience providing classroom support for training activities
Experience administering the principles, technologies and methodologies of adult education to plan and deliver instruction
Experience providing guidance and advice related to learning management systems and other training related tools
If you are interested in a position in the Disaster Field Training Operations cadre, please visit FEMA Reservist to apply.
Disaster Survivor Assistance
The Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) cadre establishes a timely presence focused on addressing the needs of impacted populations and disaster survivors. They collect targeted information, provide accessible in-person information and referrals, and identify public information needs.
Good communication and listening skills in order to support survivors affected by a disaster
Ability to work on your feet canvassing communities to register disaster survivors for FEMA assistance programs (Positions require standing and walking for extended periods of time)
Basic knowledge on the use of electronic tablets and software applications
Ability to respond to a request to activate and travel to a field office within 24 to 48 hours (a typical deployment may last 30 days or more depending on the need)
If you are interested in a position in the Disaster Survivor Assistance cadre, please visit FEMA Reservist to apply.
Environmental Historic Preservation
The Environmental Historic Preservation (EHP) cadre provides technical expertise and develops tools to address and resolve anticipated environmental and/or historic preservation issues relating to compliance review and approval process for proposed actions to be funded by FEMA during emergency and recovery operations. They review and implement Executive orders, environmental and historic preservation laws, and provide guidance for FEMA funded activities. They also perform administration work, analyze environmental and floodplain issues, serve as project managers for task orders and Interagency Agreements, and are liaisons with State, Tribal, and Federal resource agencies as well as private sector organizations.
Written and verbal Communication
Ability to work independently and in a team setting
Working knowledge of computer applications (databases, Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) applications, shape files, and mapping programs
Experience using Microsoft office products, such as Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint
Experience completing environmental compliance reviews for state or federal agencies
Specialized experience or education in Environmental, Historic Preservation, Archeology, Architecture, History, and Science is a plus
If you are interested in a position in the Enviornmental Historic Preservation cadre, please visit FEMA Reservist to apply.
The Equal Rights (ER) cadre is responsible for equal rights and civil rights function and diversity initiatives. They review reasonable accommodation requests and receives accessible electronic and information technology requests in support of multiple statutory requirements. They also provides expert nondiscrimination and equal employment guidance to the employees and managers of FEMA, State and local government officials, and the American people.
At least 1 year of equal employment or civil rights experience applying the principles, concepts, and strategies of equal employment and/or civil rights (5 years of experience for lead positions)
American Sign Language Interpreter (Basic) and/or Sighted Assistant Trained
1 year minimum experience applying effective leadership principles as a supervisor
Knowledge of the Office of Equal Rights (OER) essential functions.
If you are interested in a position in the Equal Rights Cadre, please visit FEMA Reservist to apply.
The External Affairs (EA) cadre engages and communicates with stakeholders in Congress, the media, state, local, tribal, and local governments, the private sector, and internal FEMA employees. They also serve as advisors to FEMA program and support offices on decision making, development, and maintenance of policies and programs.
Analysis of traditional and digital media
Interfacing with state and local government officials
Communication with the business sector, non-governmental organizations, and academia
Exceptionally strong writing and verbal skills
Understanding of federal statutes, regulations, and policies
If you are interested in a position in the External Affairs cadre, please visit FEMA Reservist to apply.
Federal Coordinating Officer
The Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) cadre manages the Federal presence at disaster locations. The FCO cadre oversees media and community outreach and maintains financial oversight of FEMA’s Response and Recovery operations. They also develop long-range objectives and disaster requirements.
Experience serving in a senior leadership position in an Incident Command structure
Experience working as an administrative professional assisting a high-level senior executive
Experience implementing administrative policies and programs
If you are interested in a position in the Federal Coordinating Officer cadre, please visit FEMA Reservist to apply.
The Financial Management (FM) cadre creates, monitors, and verifies allocations and obligations in the appropriate financial systems and prepares financial reports at incident field offices. They manage the funding process for disaster grants to state and local government, individuals, as well as, mission assignments to other Federal agencies and administrative expenses. They also ensure financial requirements are in compliance and met in a timely and efficient manner, coordinate with other offices, and create, monitor, and verify all funding actions.
Finance Section Chief: Experience as a Senior Financial Manager or Comptroller in Federal, State or Local Government or Military or experience in private industry as a Senior Financial Manager, Comptroller, Vice President of Finance or Chief Financial Officer.
Cost Unit Leader or Funds Control Manger: Experience in the private or public sector in a technical financial position such as financial manager, accountant, financial analyst or budget analyst
Travel Manager or Travel Specialist: Experience in the private or public sector utilizing automated travel payment systems
If you are interested in a position in the Financial Management cadre, please visit FEMA Reservist to apply.
The Hazard Mitigation (HM) cadre manages risk reduction activities from all natural hazards to include public education, private sector partnership, technical assistance to local and State governments, grants management, insurance coordination, and community planning. They work with partners to create safer communities by reducing the loss of life and property, assist individuals in need of recovery support, and lessen the financial impact of disasters.
Flood, property and/or casualty insurance sales
Research, read and interpret Flood maps
Possess designation as Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM)
Experience with Floodplain permits
Building appraisals, cost estimation and general contracting
Organizational skills and Planning skills
If you are interested in a position in the Hazard Mitigation cadre, please visit FEMA Reservist to apply.
The Human Resources (HR) cadre identifies, acquires, sustains, and maintains a quality workforce to meet the FEMA mission. They also track attendance and deployments, hire local residents, administer employee services, and focus on employee relations.
Experience with recruitment and staffing
Experience researching information from a variety of sources
Experience using automated time and attendance software to review, verify and certify employees time
Maintaining records and logs
Experience using automated software to create, edit and format a variety of reports and correspondence
At least one year of experience providing professional customer service
If you are interested in a position in the Human Resources cadre, please visit FEMA Reservist to apply.
The Individual Assistance (IA) cadre ensures that individuals and families affected by disasters have access to the full range of FEMA programs and information in a timely manner and provide the highest level of service to applicants. They communicate with survivors about their case status and disaster assistance programs, develop partnerships, and provide referrals.
Emergency Management skills (preferred)
If you are interested in a position in the Individual Assistance cadre, please visit FEMA Reservist to apply.
The Information Technology (IT) cadre provides the most efficient, expeditious, and cost saving information services at all incident locations during initial setup, continuation of operations, phase down, and at closure. They are responsible for routine testing, quality assurance, configuration, installation, implementation, and maintenance of networked systems used for the transmission of information in voice, data, and/or video formats. They also provide hands-on technical assistance, perform configurations, and resolve technology related issues.
Knowledge of and skill in applying network standards, network management tools, and network equipment capabilities sufficient to conduct routine troubleshooting and maintenance
Knowledge of and skill in applying network protocols, principles and concepts, to assist in maintaining network services
Ability to assemble, correlate, and interpret basic technical data, and to analyze the implications, project trends, apply conclusions, and communicate such information orally and in writing
Demonstrated experience supervising teams, delegating authority, and communicating basic work guidelines and assignments. Ability to establish a demobilization timeline and ensure proper closeout of facility leases and contracts
If you are interested in a position in the Information Technology cadre, please visit FEMA Reservist to apply.
The Logistics (LOG) cadre coordinates and monitors all aspects of resource planning, movement, ordering, tracking, and property management of Initial Response Resources, teams, and accountable property during the life of an incident. They are responsible for the operational readiness in support of FEMA’s incident workforce.
Experience in facilities management including warehousing or similar environments, setting up and breaking down offices or similar, assisting with completion of inventories, ordering supplies, processing paperwork for procurement of supplies, data entry and file maintenance, experience working in mail distribution or as a courier is a plus
Specialized experience reviewing and submitting requests for supplies, equipment, personnel, teams, services, transportation or commodities needed for disaster support using IT systems
Using system of record to track requests, monitor and place orders, track shipping status, and reconciliation of discrepancies.
Experience using a barcode reader to conduct inventories, receiving/transferring property through an Inventory System of Record (ISR).
Experience with protection, accountability, transfer, and ultimate disposition of personal property.
If you are interested in a position in the Logistics cadre, please visit FEMA Reservist to apply.
National Disaster Recovery Support
The National Disaster Recovery Support (NDRS) cadre assists in facilitating disaster recovery coordination and collaboration between the Federal, State, tribal, and local governments, the private sector, voluntary and faith-based community organizations. They also serve in community planning, assist stakeholder in identifying recovery resources, and develop interagency planning and assessment products.
Provided strategic planning and critical/analytical thinking to support interagency collaboration with our state, tribal and federal partners
Technical writing and editing
Administrative and office management experience
Local or State government experience
Urban and city planning
GIS and graphic design skills preferred
If you are interested in a position in the National Disaster Recovery Support cadre, please visit FEMA Reservist to apply.
Office of Chief Counsel
The Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) cadre is responsible for ensuring that FEMA field operations are consistent with all applicable statutes, regulations, executive orders, and agency policies, directives, and standards. They conduct legal research, prepare and provide advice involving a wide variety of topics including disaster response, recovery, hazard mitigation, flood insurance, floodplain management, procurement, contracts, grants, environmental and historic preservation, property, finance, financial management, claims, freedom of information, privacy, ethics, training and education, and administrative procedure. They also collaborate with counterparts and provide legal advice.
Juris Doctorate degree from an ABA accredited law school
Active membership in good standing of a bar of the highest court of a State, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or the District of Columbia
At least two (2) years of full-time professional legal experience gained after being admitted to the bar
If you are interested in a position in the Office of Chief Counsel cadre, please visit FEMA Reservist to apply.
The Operations (OPS) cadre ensures the efficient and effective delivery of immediate emergency assistance to individuals and communities impacted by major disasters, emergencies, or acts of terrorism. They coordinate the delivery of accessible Federal assistance programs and services, including life-saving assistance (including search and rescue support, medical support, and evacuation support), life-sustaining assistance (including shelter, water, and food), and program. They are also responsible for all tactical incident planning and operations.
Experience with managing complex projects, tasks and programs
Experience coordinating with state, tribal, local, and other federal agency officials
Demonstrate effective supervisory and leadership principles
Ability to comprehend and understand Stafford Act Programs and Emergency Management principles
If you are interested in a position in the Operations cadre, please visit FEMA Reservist to apply.
The Planning (PL) cadre plans, collects, evaluates, disseminates, and manages information regarding a threat or incident. In addition, the cadre provides the status of Federal resources in support of a threat or incident.
Knowledge of and experience in Incident Management
Demonstrated experience collecting, compiling, and analyzing data in order of significance
Demonstrated understanding of planning process or planning experience
Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency Management
If you are interested in a position in the Planning cadre, please visit FEMA Reservist to apply.
The Public Assistance (PA) cadre provides assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned facilities and facilities. They also encourage protection of these damaged facilities from future events by providing for hazard mitigation measures during the recovery process.
Experience related to general engineering and construction practices for public infrastructure
Experience inspecting and assessing damaged infrastructure and accurately quantifying, documenting and describing damage
General Knowledge of building codes and standards in order to identify potential issues
Experience as a surveyor, design engineer, or construction inspector/manager
Experience in Public Works
The ability to be customer-centric during on-site inspections and validations, to include active listening, handle surprises and reading an applicant or applicant representative to tailor quality of service and experience
Capable of using physical tools to take measurements, photographs and capture GPS coordinates
Strong computer skills, to include competency in Adobe and Microsoft Office Suite
If you are interested in a position in the Public Assistance cadre, please visit FEMA Reservist to apply.
The Safety (SF) cadre provides a safe and healthy work environment for FEMA employees and our emergency management partners at fixed sites, incident operations, and facilities. They also conduct job hazard analysis to identify and alleviate occupational risks, coordinate the purchase of proper equipment, and disseminate occupational safety and health hazard information.
A minimum of 10 years of safety program management experience including: health policies, directives, and procedures
Practical knowledge of the techniques and procedures in the areas of hazard assessment, life safety, and industrial hygiene
Firm understanding of laws and regulations issued by higher authorities including: DHS, EPA, OSHA, NFPA, and IICRC
If you are interested in a position in the Safety cadre, please visit FEMA Reservist to apply.
The Security (SEC) cadre implements and manages security programs in support of FEMA’s all-hazard emergency management programs for the protection of personnel, property, and facilities. They also provide direct security support to disaster response and recovery operations, administer security contracts, manage badging and fingerprints, coordinate disaster facility security risk management requirements, provide security awareness training programs, and manage security incident response activities.
At least 10 years of security experience in the military, private industry, or law enforcement community which included conducting investigations, assessments, and report writing
If you are interested in a position in the Security cadre, please visit FEMA Reservist to apply.