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FEMA opens 58 job positions for disaster recovery

THE Federal Emergency Management Agency has opened 58 job positions for CNMI disaster recovery efforts.

A total of 885 job seekers filled out applications on Friday and Saturday. As of Sunday morning, 50 people were in line in the Hyatt Regency Saipan lobby where the FEMA job fair was held.

According to FEMA media relations specialist Paul Corah, all job positions are temporary but may last from 120 days to more than a year.  “This disaster [recovery] can go on for a year or more, depending on the operation needs.”

The Federal Emergency Management Agency held a three-day job fair at Hyatt Regency Saipan on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio The Federal Emergency Management Agency held a three-day job fair at Hyatt Regency Saipan on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

The job positions include services program specialist, voluntary agency liaison crew leader, information management reports and planning manager, logistics specialist, resource support specialist, administrative assistant, engineer, architect, grant writer specialist, community planner, human resource specialist, travel specialist, acquisitions procurement specialist, telecommunications specialist, planning specialist, information technology specialist and disability advisor.

All positions are part-time, but they could turn into permanent jobs, Corah said. “After the local hire, it might be a career for you if federal employment interests you. It is great way to get started.”

Corah said applicants were interviewed on the spot. “FEMA will select the best candidates for the job openings, and then we will ask them to come back for a follow-up interview. If a person is selected for the position then they will be subject to a background check.  If everything goes right, a person could start working for FEMA in two weeks. FEMA has reported that Saipan has a very talented and diverse workforce.”

The work hours will be 9.5 hours a day, six days a week. “As the disaster recovery progresses, the hours and days will decrease,” Corah said. “We need a lot of help. We need people who can talk to survivors. We need planners who can work on housing long-term solutions.”

Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/108943-fema-opens-58-job-positions-for-disaster-recovery

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