Job Overview

Summary

About the Agency

When disaster strikes, America looks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. 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 www.fema.gov for additional information.

A Certified Deaf Interpreter Technical Specialist provides American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation to meet the communications requirements of disaster survivors and the general public throughout emergency operations, programs and services while deployed to disasters and other emergency management events. The salary for this position is $40.77 per hour. Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Disability Integration team within FEMA.

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 Reservist Program. This is a temporary appointment in the Excepted Service, not to exceed 2 years. Employment is on an intermittent basis. Veterans’ preference does not apply to the reservist program selection process.

STAFFORD ACT EXCEPTED SERVICE APPOINTMENTS: The Reservist Program is an appointment type granted under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Section 306 (b), which authorizes FEMA to appoint such temporary employees as necessary to accomplish work authorized under the Act. Appointments under this authority within FEMA are made to the excepted service and are nonpermanent in nature.

Duties

As a Certified Deaf Interpreter Technical Specialist in FEMA's Reservist Program, some of the duties you will be responsible for include:

  • Providing interpreting, translation, and transliteration services in American Sign Language and other visual and tactual communication forms used by individuals who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, and deaf-blind.
  • Delivering translation services for all FEMA programs and services during response and recovery for disasters to ensure programs and services are integrated and fully accessible to survivors with disabilities and other individuals with access and functional needs.
  • Engaging and facilitating the active involvement of local and state disability services agencies and organizations and advocacy groups.
  • Providing guidance and technical assistance regarding transcribing speech to text in meetings, conference calls and other event settings.

Travel Required

  • 75% or Greater
  • This position requires travel to emergency sites. Non-emergency travel may be required.

Relocation Authorized

  • No