Local FEMA disaster recovery centers hiring temporary workers

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LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – Louisiana residents now have the opportunity to work at disaster recovery centers and aid in the flood cleanup all across the state.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission is now working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to fill some much needed positions.

FEMA is looking for administrative assistants, construction cost estimators, construction workers, drivers, environmental experts, travel agents and other skilled workers. Those hired will receive on-the-job training.

Tina Johnstone, with the Louisiana Workforce Commission, she has seen an increase in unemployment claims ever since the flood.

“We are giving priority to those affected by the flood but it also could be just dislocated workers, people who have lost their job and are collecting unemployment,” Johnstone said.

“We want to see people safe back in their homes back to their normal business. We want people to get back home,” said Sharon Karr, with the External Affairs Department of FEMA.

The jobs are full-time, but temporary in duration. Some of the jobs could last as long as FEMA is involved in the local recovery effort.

“You need to be a U.S. citizen, have a valid government ID or something of that nature, be over 18 years of age, and be prepared to have a background check,” Karr said.

Johnstone says applicants can go to http://www.laworks.net and click on the “Disaster Relief Work” box at the top of the screen to see the current job openings.

These temporary jobs include benefits, including health insurance, sick leave, and even holiday pay. The benefits end when the job ends.


The following is a news release from the Federal Emergency Management Agency: 

BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana residents looking for temporary work have an opportunity to lead in their communities’ recovery process by working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

FEMA is advertising through the Louisiana Workforce Commission to fill open positions at its disaster recovery offices in Louisiana. These are full-time jobs, but of temporary duration, with benefits including health insurance, sick leave and holiday pay. Job duration varies, but some may last as long as FEMA is locally involved in the recovery.  Benefits end when the job ends.

To apply, visit www.laworks.net, the website for “Louisiana Workforce Commission – Helping Individuals Reach Employment.”

  • Click in the “DISASTER RELIEF WORK” box at the top of the screen.
  • The list may be longer than the screen shows, so scroll to the bottom. It also may extend over multiple pages.
  • Click on a job description to open detailed requirements and a link to apply.

FEMA is seeking a wide variety of skilled workers, including administrative assistants, construction cost estimators, construction tradespersons, drivers, environmental experts, facilities workers, historic preservation specialists, travel agents and workers in many other specialties. Once hired, applicants will receive appropriate on-the-job training.

Candidates must be U.S. citizens, 18 years or older and have a valid government identification card such as driver’s license or military ID. Candidates will be subject to a complete background investigation.

FEMA is committed to employing a highly qualified workforce that reflects the diversity of our nation. The federal government is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, political affiliation, non-disqualifying physical handicap, sexual orientation or other non-merit factor.

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