Harvey is creating jobs at FEMA and they’re going on a hiring spree in Texas

Jenny Killingsworth, right, holds the hand of Janeah Tieman, 10, while helping clean up a home damaged by floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency is hiring Texas workers to help with the recovery process after Hurricane Harvey.

The new hires will assist teams of local, state, and federal workers, along with volunteers from charities and community groups already on the ground.

The agency will work alongside the Texas Workforce Commission to place qualified workers where they can offer the most aid. Each position pays between $14 and $34 per hour.

The positions available through the FEMA program include:

  • administrative support assistant
  • civil engineer
  • communications specialist
  • construction cost estimator
  • courier
  • crisis counselor
  • customer service specialist
  • environmental specialist
  • floodplain management specialist
  • graphics specialist
  • hazard mitigation outreach specialist
  • historic preservation specialist
  • registered nurse
  • sign language interpreter
  • voluntary agency liaison

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In a press statement announcing the program, “FEMA gains valuable community insights, provides jobs and puts Texans to work helping Texans.”

For instance, the customer service specialists will “serve as the primary point of contact for persons inquiring about disaster assistance,” according to the FEMA website.

The duties for this position will also include “assisting disaster victims, processing claim requests for disaster assistance, and providing information regarding available programs to individuals applying for disaster assistance.”

The agency is also opening up positions in its “Reservist” program. The “temporary, on-call, and intermittent” positions include duties ranging from hazard mitigation and remediation to historic preservation to financial management.

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Interested applicants can submit their resumes and applications through the Texas Workforce Commission website or through the FEMA website.

The agency will be announcing new job postings as they become available.

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