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Title:  Assistant State Hazard Mitigation Planner

Application Deadline Date:  06/01/2022
Req ID:  33942
Department:  Public Safety

Waterbury, VT, US

Position Type:  Limited Service
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $24.20


Vermont Emergency Management is looking for a mission-driven professional to provide program support to our Hazard Mitigation Team. 

This position will provide support to the State Hazard Mitigation Officer and Hazard Mitigation Planners for the development of Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant applications for submittal to FEMA while maintaining statewide scope and visibility on potential, ongoing, and past projects. This includes working with municipalities, state agencies, and nonprofits across Vermont to develop applications, designing and implementing outreach activities for HMA application opportunities, and coordinating FEMA-applicant correspondence regarding HMA program development and individual applications. 

Grant support will also be provided by this position for the development of applications and project implementation under the State's Flood Resilient Communities Fund (FRCF) program. 

The Assistant Hazard Mitigation Planner will assist in the review of Local Hazard Mitigation Plans (LHMPs) for compliance with FEMA requirements in coordination with VEM's Hazard Mitigation Team and FEMA Region I. 

This position assists in coordination and delivery of statewide support to municipalities and Regional Planning Commissions for LHMPs, including developing and implementing outreach for local officials. In addition, this position will provide support during the 2023 State Hazard Mitigation Plan update process as well as implementation activities, to include working group development and administrative support for working groups, meeting facilitation and agenda development, as well as development of annual implementation progress reports. 

This position participates in VEM Emergency Operation Center activations, trainings, and Division-wide activities as appropriate.

The State of Vermont offers flexible telework. The person hired for this position will be expected to live in Vermont with the ability to be in Waterbury at a minimum of one pre-determined weekday per week. 

This position is limited service with current funding available through December 31, 2026. Additional funding may be available beyond that date and although it seems likely, it cannot be guaranteed.

Who May Apply

This position, Assistant State Hazard Mitigation Planner (#33942), is open to all State employees and external applicants. This is a Limited Service position, which is non-tenured and authorized for a specific period of time. Limited Service positions are established for specially funded projects or programs. 
If you would like more information about this position, please contact Stephanie Smith at stephanie.a.smith@vermont.gov.
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.
PUBLIC SAFETY BACKGROUND CHECKS: Candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position to include Motor Vehicle/Criminal Records, Personal History, Credit and any additional background check(s).

Environmental Factors

Normal office conditions generally prevail with some required travel to various localities throughout the State. Private means of transportation should be available. Emergency management drills and actual emergencies may require performance outside of normal hours. Position may require availability after regular working hours in the case of actual emergencies. On-call status may be required.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in emergency management, public administration, risk management, natural resources, or a related field AND one (1) year or more of experience in emergency management, risk management, hazard mitigation, federal grant program administration, or community planning.


Four (4) years or more of experience in emergency management, risk management, hazard mitigation, federal grant program administration, or community planning.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in hazard mitigation planning, public administration, river science, engineering, or natural resources planning.

Master's degree emergency management, public administration, risk management, natural resources, or a related field.

Special Requirements

Applicants are subject to a security clearance by the Department of Public Safety.

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:

  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Want the specifics? Explore the Benefits of State Employment on our website.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont celebrates diversity, and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and meaningful inclusion that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The State does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, membership in an employee organization, family medical history or genetic information, or family or parental status.  The State’s employment decisions are merit-based.  Retaliatory adverse employment actions by the State are forbidden.   

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