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The incumbent is a member of the FEMA Safety, Health and Medical Readiness (DHS) Disaster Safety Officer Cadre. The incumbent serves as the senior advisor to Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) on all occupational safety and health concerns affecting and arising from the incident. This position starts at an hourly salary of $24.65 with promotion potential to the hourly salary of $34.62.

Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Safety Cadre 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.


In this position, you will be a member of the FEMA Safety, Health and Medical (DHS) Disaster Safety Officer Cadre. As a member of this team you will serve as the senior advisor to the Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) on all occupational safety and health concerns affecting and arising from the incident. The incumbent will be responsible for anticipating, recognizing, and controlling hazards in the work place. Typical assignments include:

  • Develop, implement and review site specific occupational safety and health programs.
  • Provide all training requirements in accordance with 29 CFR 1904, 1910,1926 requirements, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Directives and FEMA Directives, Manuals and Standard Operation Procedures.
  • Establish, chair, and coordinate the Interagency Safety Committee.
  • Coordinate hazard communication with the National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) Safety Coordinator to ensure all inter- and intra-agency partners review information on the identified hazards.
  • Review the Incident Action Plan (IAP) and recommend adjustments as needed.

Travel Required

  • 75% or Greater
  • In addition to frequent travel related to deployment(s), occasional non-emergency travel may also be required.

Relocation Authorized

  • No