FEMA hiring workers in Central Florida

Couriers to engineers needed up to 12 months

By Mike Holfeld - Investigative Reporter

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Federal Emergency Management Agency is hiring local residents to assist in the disaster recovery effort in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

FEMA spokesman Peter Seesum told News 6 Thursday that the agency needs dozens of men and women to fill an estimated 20 different job categories, ranging from information technology to couriers. 

“The reasoning behind the local hiring program is to get money back into the local economy. Also, who can be more empathetic to a survivor than a fellow survivor?” Seesum said.

Positions needed and expanded job descriptions are listed at careers.fema.gov/hurricane-workforce.

Seesum told News 6 these are all paid, temporary positions, that currently include: customer service specialists; information technology specialists; logistics specialists; translators and interpreters in either Haitian, Creole or Spanish; historic preservation specialist and environmental/floodplain specialist.

Seesum said a college degree is not required for many of the positions and FEMA will provide job training.

“Disasters end up being long-term, so we are looking for people who we can hire from six months up to a year to help with the disaster recovery process,” Seesum said.

Residents of Florida who wish to apply should email their resumes to FEMA-Workforce-FL@fema.dhs.gov.

Remember to include the word “Florida” and the name of the job you want to be considered for in the subject line. A preferred contact method is requested; applicants may be contacted via email, phone or mail regarding the interview, hiring and selection process.

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