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FEMA Careers

Washington, DC
1001 to 5000 employees
Federal Agencies
Unknown / Non-Applicable per year
If it's a disaster, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is there. Part of the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA is charged with building and supporting the nation's emergency management system. FEMA leads federal efforts to prepare ... Read more

Mission: Helping people before, during, and after disasters.

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FEMA – Why Work With Us?

Welcome to the official Glassdoor page for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA to support survivors and first responders in communities all across the country. This page provides career related information, job announcements and relevant updates for the agency’s current and future workforce.

FEMA fosters innovation, rewards performance and creativity, and provides challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, and high performance workforce.

Diversity and Inclusion

In order fulfill our mission - to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards - FEMA must have a workforce that reflects the rich composition of its people. The skills, knowledge, perspectives, ideas, and experiences of all of our employees contribute to the vitality and success of this mission.

Our commitment to inclusion must be clear in the face we present to the world and in our decision-making processes both during and outside of times of emergency. The keys to successfully maintaining a diverse workforce are commitment and perseverance. Delivering durable and efficient support requires every employee's commitment to equal employment opportunity principles.

The Federal Government provides many benefits, financial incentives, and family friendly programs to its employees.

Some of them are:


There are several pay systems within the Federal government. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) develops and maintains Government-wide laws and policies on pay, including:

  • basic pay setting,
  • locality pay,
  • special salary rates,
  • back pay,
  • pay limitations,
  • premium pay,
  • grade and pay retention,
  • severance pay,
  • recruitment,
  • relocation and retention incentives, and
  • cost-of-living allowances (COLA).

However, each Federal agency manages these pay policies and programs for its employees. Within FEMA, the Office of the Chief Component Human Capital Officer helps the Administrator with this.


  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Program


  • Social Security
  • Thrift Savings Plan

Student Loan Repayment Program

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (Student Loan Forgiveness)

Transit Benefits Program

Leave and Absences

For 38 years, FEMA's mission remains: to lead America to prepare for, prevent, respond to and recover from disasters with a vision of "A Nation Prepared." 

On April 1, 1979, President Jimmy Carter signed the executive order that created the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  From day one, FEMA has remained committed to protecting and serving the American people. That commitment to the people we serve and the belief in our survivor centric mission will never change.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.

FEMA can trace its beginnings to the Congressional Act of 1803. This act, generally considered the first piece of disaster legislation, provided assistance to a New Hampshire town following an extensive fire.

In the century that followed, ad hoc legislation was passed more than 100 times in response to hurricanes, earthquakes, floods and other natural disasters.

By the 1930s, when the federal approach to disaster-related events became popular, the Reconstruction Finance Corporation was given authority to make disaster loans for repair and reconstruction of certain public facilities following an earthquake, and later, other types of disasters.

  • In 1934, the Bureau of Public Roads was given authority to provide funding for highways and bridges damaged by natural disasters.
  • The Flood Control Act of 1965, which gave the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers greater authority to implement flood control projects, was also passed.
  • This piecemeal approach to disaster assistance was problematic. Accordingly, it prompted legislation to require greater cooperation between federal agencies and authorized the President to coordinate these activities.
  • The 1960s and early 1970s brought massive disasters requiring major federal response and recovery operations by the Federal Disaster Assistance Administration, established within the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
  • These events served to focus attention on the issue of natural disasters and brought about increased legislation.
  • In 1968, the National Flood Insurance Act created the Federal Insurance Administration and made flood insurance available for the first time to homeowners.
  • The Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973 made the purchase of flood insurance mandatory for the protection of property located in Special Flood Hazard Areas.
  • In the year following, President Nixon passed into law the Disaster Relief Act of 1974, firmly establishing the process of Presidential disaster declarations.
  • However, emergency and disaster activities were still fragmented. When hazards associated with nuclear power plants and the transportation of hazardous substances were added to natural disasters, more than 100 federal agencies were involved in some aspect of disasters, hazards and emergencies.
  • Many parallel programs and policies existed at the state and local level, simplifying the complexity of federal disaster relief efforts.
  • The National Governor's Association sought to decrease the many agencies with which state and local governments were forced work. They asked President Carter to centralize federal emergency functions.

On November 9, 2009, President Barack Obama signed Executive Order 13518, Employment of Veterans in the Federal Government, which establishes the Veterans Employment Initiative. The Initiative is a strategic approach to helping the men and women who have served our country in the military find employment in the Federal Government.

FEMA offers many opportunities for Veterans, whether you are looking for a new position to leverage your skills or to advance your career. FEMA also offers competitive benefits, financial incentives, and family friendly programs, including telework.


Veterans' Preference gives eligible veterans preference in appointment over many other applicants. Veterans’ preference eligibility is based on dates of active duty service, receipt of a campaign badge, Purple Heart, or a service-connected disability. Not all active duty service may qualify for veterans’ preference. Veterans’ preference applies in all Delegated Examining vacancy announcements (open to all United States citizens). Veterans’ preference does not guarantee veterans a job and it does not apply to internal agency actions such as promotions, transfers, reassignments and reinstatements.


Under the VRA, eligible veterans may be hired up to the GS-11 or equivalent grade level. After satisfactorily completing 2 years of service, the individual is non-competitively converted to a career or career conditional appointment. VRA appointments can be made to eligible veterans without applying to a vacancy announcement; however VRA eligibles should apply to any FEMA Merit Promotion announcement (open to all Federal employees).

Eligibility Categories

  • Disabled Veterans
  • Veterans who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during a war declared by Congress, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized
  • Send documentation from the military or a letter of disability from the V.A.


Under this authority, eligible veterans may be hired into any position to which they are qualified without applying to a vacancy announcement. Initial appointments are time-limited, lasting more than 60 days; however individuals may be converted to a permanent appointment at any time during the time-limited appointment.

Eligibility Categories

  • Disabled Veterans who were retired from active military service with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more
  • Disabled Veterans rated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as having a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more


Under the VEOA, eligible veterans may apply for positions announced under FEMA’s merit promotion procedures when the agency is recruiting from outside of the DHS workforce. Veteran’s preference is not a factor under VEOA; however this authority allows eligible veterans to apply for positions that are not offered to other external candidates.

Eligibility Categories

  • Preference eligibles
  • Service personnel separated after 3 or more years of continuous active



All federal jobs are posted on USAJobs.gov. Use the advanced search options on USAJobs.gov to expand or refine your search for homeland security careers. To view all jobs open to veterans, select “Yes” under “Applicant Eligibility” at the bottom of the search screen.


Once a veteran has identified the job(s) they would like to apply for, they should click on the job, review the duties and qualification requirements, and click "Apply Online." During the application process, veterans may be asked to identify Veterans Preference status. Refer to the Determining Veterans Preference sections above.


  • Department of Veterans Affairs — gets veterans the services they have earned.
  • Federal Jobs by College Major — OPM has prepared a table that provides a list of comparable federal occupations to various college degrees. Veterans can then use the skills or occupational series search function to find emergency management opportunities that relate to their education.
  • FedsHireVets.gov — provides information about the Veterans Employment Initiative, a White House initiative that underscores to federal agencies the importance of recruiting and training veterans, aims to increase the employment of veterans within the Executive Branch, and helps recently hired veterans adjust to service in a civilian capacity.
  • O*Net Online (Occupational Information Network) — matches your military experience to civilian occupation codes.
  • Veterans Employment and Training Center (Department of Labor) — provides veterans and transitioning service members with the resources and services such as transition and employment services (TAP) and Compliance Assistance for Employment disputes to succeed in the 21st century workforce by maximizing their employment opportunities, protecting their employment rights and meeting labor-market demands with qualified veterans today.
  • Veterans' Preference Advisor is a tool that assists veterans in determining Veterans Preference eligibility through a series of questions. Veterans should note their preference points for use in the application process.

FEMA Reviews

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at FEMA full-time


    Love my office and coworkers. Independent work and accountability


    Really busy days following really slow days - not consistent work

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FEMA Photos

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FEMA photo of: 3 years recovery mission of Hurricane Sandy.
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FEMA photo of: A survivor of Hurricane Katrina
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FEMA Interviews



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    Appeal Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at FEMA (New York, NY) in July 2020.


    The Interview was quite easy the panel of three asked 8 questions typical interview questions some of which I answered in my introduction. A little study on the position and how you would answer the typical interview questions and you will be fine.

    Interview Questions

    • Tells us about yourself? How would you react to a negative comment concerning your work? How would you deal with a scheduling conflict. How do you qualify for this position?   1 Answer
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