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Personnel who meet the qualifications outlined in the "Job Descriptions" must submit an application through the State of Tennessee's Dept. of Human Resources.  A search can be performed online at Tennessee's Department of Human Resources - Job Opportunities to find specific job titles and their descriptions. Positions must be "open" or advertised before an applicant can apply.

TEMA advertises for new employees using services of the Tennessee Department of Human Resources (DOHR).

Job descriptions displayed here are summaries and do not include all possible tasks required for the identified position. There are 112 positions in TEMA. Entry level positions in TEMA include:

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OPERATIONS OFFICER 1 - Notifies agencies of emergencies; serves as liaison between an incident scene and agencies providing potential support; coordinates emergency response, maintains EOC security and controls access, ensures radios and other equipment operate properly during emergencies, reports discrepancies, and presents policy and procedures in a positive and supportive manner.

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES ASSISTANT 2 - Prepares records and reports and performs administrative duties, makes professional contacts with the public and persons in other agencies to obtain cooperation, trains less experienced professional staff, ensures confidential materials and information are not disclosed, set priorities on work to be done, and ensures appropriate dress code and deportment are maintained.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PLANNER 2 - Applies technical knowledge to emergency planning for natural disasters and man-caused emergencies, maintains library and agency guidance, recommends changes on threat priorities and resource changes, analyzes plans, develops emergency evacuation plans, crisis relocation plans and shelter plans, visits local governments to explain problems or provide assistance, and prepares records and reports and studies pertinent policy and procedures to offer improvements.

Persons interested in emergency management positions should be prepared for the demanding nature of the work, mandatory training required to become an knowledgeable emergency management employee and the need for varied shifts (including night) and occasional extended work periods (sometimes up to 12 hours) during emergencies.

How To Apply:

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), as an agency of the State of Tennessee government, hires its employees through the Tennessee Department of Human Resources. Prospective applicants must apply through DOHR to be placed on a state register for the position.

State Register 
Personnel, who apply for a state position, must submit an application through the DOHR website located at Follow the links to find the state on-line application. You can also access information about all state job class titles in the State of Tennessee’s classification system. If you wish to view information about “available jobs” for which applications are currently being accepted, follow the “Search Job Openings” link. For each job classification you apply for, your application will be evaluated to determine whether you meet the minimum qualifications required. A score is calculated for you based on a rating of your education and work experience. You will be notified of your rating score within a few weeks following the submission of your application. If DOHR deems you qualified and you receive a “rating score,” your name is placed on a list of eligible applicants for that job title. TEMA pulls this list of eligible applicants when filling a Career Service position vacancy. Position vacancies must be filled from among the top five eligible applicants who interview and are willing to accept the position.

Employment The hiring supervisor is responsible for notifying applicants who have been selected for employment regarding when and where to report for in-processing.