Job Overview


Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career?  If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA. Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce. Please visit for additional information.
This position is ideal for an Emergency Management Specialist looking for an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge as a technical authority for all-hazard response analysis, planning and implementation with an emphasis toward development of innovative and cutting edge solutions to emergency management. This incumbent will work in the Region 1, Response Division, Planning Branch. The incumbent will identify potential gaps in the available emergency management resources and present options (courses of actions) to the Regional Response Division Director to best direct disaster response operations.   Apply for this opportunity to become a member of the Region 1 , Response Division, Planning Branch located in Boston, MA.
EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: Every FEMA employee has regular and recurring emergency management responsibilities, though not every position requires routine deployment to disaster sites. All positions are subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations, which may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites with physically austere and operationally challenging conditions.

This position is being announced under FEMA's CORE Program (Cadre of On-call Response/Recovery employees).  These positions are authorized under P.L. 93-288 to perform temporary disaster work and are funded from the Disaster Relief Fund.  Appointments are excepted service, temporary appointments.  This is a 2 year temporary appointment in the Excepted Service. 


This position is located in the U. S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region I, Response Division, Planning Branch located in Boston, MA.  The Planning Branch maintains regional situational awareness by collecting and analyzing information from a variety of sources, developing standard and specialized reports, summaries and briefing, and through close coordination with other agency operations centers and program offices. The Planning Branch generates situation reports and executive level summaries to keep FEMA leadership informed about potential incident so national significance following the principles and practices of the National Incident Management System (NIMS), the Incident Command System (ICS), and the Incident Management Handbook(IMH). The incumbent will develop profile on anticipated State and Regional requirements in the affected and surrounding areas during times of RRCC team activation.
Typical work assignments include:

  • Responsible for analyzing, coordinating and publishing forward thinking policy and guidance regarding the national system for emergency management. Analyzes trends and state-of-the- art technology in order to develop or modify existing programs.
  • Provides incident analysis and recommends and develops courses of action for incident response. Assesses capabilities gaps, recommends solutions, and develops contingency plans to address them.
  • Provides senior decision makers with timely and accurate information and options to mitigate the risk. Develops criteria to be used in Executive Summary reporting requirements and briefings for senior leadership that provide situational awareness and a common operating  picture.
  • Reviews State and local action plans for adequacy and coordinates with the assigned Region to modify them as needed. Develops and proposes standard and criteria to guide Regional analysts/planners.  Develops training templates and materials that extrapolate the business practices and protocols implemented for use by the RRCCs and other Federal agencies.