Emergency Government Specialist

Department of Military Affairs

  • Full-Time
  • Madison, WI
  • Application deadline: 2022-05-16

Are you passionate about disaster resiliency and climate change mitigation, interested policy analysis and looking for a position to utilize your knowledge? If so, The Department of Military Affairs, Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) is hiring an Emergency Government Specialist project position. We may also use this recruitment to fill future project, LTE, and permanent positions in the next 6 months. WEM is located on the east side of Madison just north of the MATC Truax Campus on Wright Street. We are in a beautiful facility with a weight room and exercise facility, locker room, and a basketball court; all with free parking just outside the door. We offer an opportunity to work with a team of dedicated professionals, flexible schedules, 40% telework once trained/off probation, and wonderful work/life balance; all for an organization with a truly worthwhile mission.

Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) builds capabilities and coordinates resources to support a safe and resilient Wisconsin. WEM is the state’s lead agency that coordinates effective disaster response and recovery efforts in support of local governments from natural and man-caused events. WEM works ‘shoulder to shoulder’ in coordination with all local, state, tribal and federal agencies, as well as volunteer and private sector partners. We are proud and honored to support and serve all 72 Wisconsin counties as we bring emergency management services to the state’s 5.6 million citizens.

In addition, the Department of Military Affairs provides State of Wisconsin Benefits which include over 3 weeks paid vacation, 9 paid holidays, paid sick time, health insurance, retirement and much more.

The State of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer seeking a diverse and talented workforce.

Position Summary

Under the general direction of the Hazard Mitigation Supervisor, assist in the management of planning grants and initiatives in the Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs. Hazard Mitigation Plans serve as a means to understand risk to natural hazards that Wisconsin communities experience, understand how those risks change over time, outline the ways to reduce risk, and prioritize projects and initiatives to make Wisconsin communities more resilient to natural hazards like flooding, tornadoes, and wildfires. This position will review draft hazard mitigation plans and help communities come into compliance with FEMA requirements for plans and work closely with county, tribal and local emergency manager and planning/zoning staff to implement planning processes. This position also helps identify data on various hazards, including climate change and equity-related metrics, and share resources out to county, tribal and local units of government. The position also helps to implement our State Planning process and comprehensive mitigation program through coordination and outreach with state and federal partner agencies.

Salary Information

The starting salary for the objective level, 07/04 position will be between $24 to $27 per hour.

Job Details

  • The anticipated duration of this project position is through August 31, 2025.
  • Possession of valid Wisconsin driver’s license.
  • This position may require travel throughout the state to assist with planning outreach and initiatives.
  • All state employees are required to report their COVID vaccination status, whether vaccinated or not, and must provide supporting documentation if vaccinated. Newly hired employees will be required to submit this information within their first two weeks of employment.


Minimally qualified applicants will have training, education and/or experience:

  • Experience with or education/training in interpreting state/federal regulations/guidance and ability to explain complex regulations in easy to understand ways to non-subject matter experts
  • Experience using Microsoft office products in professional environment.
  • Experience developing and maintaining a cooperative, positive working relationship with tribal and local officials
  • Experience drafting reports, guidance, feedback after reviewing lengthy documents in clear, concise terms to partners
  • Experience conducting outreach to partners to solicit participation in projects or planning processes (can be in professional, education, or training setting)

Well Qualified applicants will have experience in the following:

  • Experience in or knowledge of FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs, including Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program, Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program, and/or Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant program
  • Experience with or education/training in reviewing and/or updating plans. Examples: land use plans, hazard mitigation plans, comprehensive plans, emergency response plans, operational plans
  • Experience with or education/training in grant management or development (which may include overseeing, developing, soliciting, reviewing, evaluating, approving, closing and prioritizing grant applications)
  • Education, training, or background in urban/regional planning, public policy, floodplain management, land use, zoning, emergency management, or hazard mitigation

Not required, but a bonus would be applicants with following experience:

  • GIS experience

How To Apply

Apply online! To apply, click “Apply for Job” to start the application process. Then, you will access your existing account or to create a new account if you don’t have an account. Once you are logged in, click “Apply for Job.” Follow the steps outlined in the application process and submit your application.

Your letter of qualifications and resume are very important parts of your application and are used during our evaluation process to determine your qualifications as they relate to the job. For instructions on developing your resume and letter of qualifications for your application and what should be included in these materials, click here.

Submitted materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the hiring process for available vacancies.

Permanent classified state employees who are eligible for consideration (transfer, voluntary demotion, or reinstatement) should complete the application process as described above by the stated deadline.

The Department of Military Affairs does not sponsor employment. Any appointment made will be contingent on the applicant being able to prove valid status to work in the United States.

Questions can be directed to Allisa Brown at Allisa.Brown@wi.gov

Deadline to Apply

If interested, please apply by 11:59 PM on Monday, May 16, 2022 to be considered.

To apply for this job please visit wj.wi.gov.