Work with WVEMD

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The West Virginia Emergency Management Division seeks exceptional people to join our team to help the citizens of West Virginia before, during and after natural or man-made disasters. 

WVEMD manages disaster preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery efforts throughout the state by coordinating with all responsible local, state and federal agencies.

The division contains multiple branches that work seamlessly together to achieve WVEMD's overall mission. In addition to these branches and the Watch Center, which is staffed 24/7, the division operates the State's Emergency Operations Center when the Governor orders an activation.

During activation, WVEMD coordinates resources and support as requested by local emergency management agencies who administer direct assistance to citizens.​​

All applicants must pass a criminal background screening and complete a Division of Personnel application​. 

WVEMD is seeking candidates for the following positions:​ 

Please note: The selected candidate for employment must reside in one of the counties they serve.
Location of vacancy:  Brooke, Doddridge, Hancock, Harrison, Marion, Marshall, Monongalia, Ohio, Preston, Taylor, Tyler, Wetzel.
Under executive direction, manages an organized section providing administrative and support services in the highly complex and sensitive infrastructure protection and public safety sections. Manages the delivery of services that address all hazards across all mission sets focusing on improving the state's capabilities and capacity to detect, prevent, respond, and mitigate natural and man-made emergencies or disasters. 
Liaisons serve as the agency's senior field-officials and engage with other federal, state, local and private sector officials. The operations, policy, work processes, and regulatory requirements of the section are complex, varied, dynamic and require substantial depth of analysis and interpretation of theory, principles, practices, and regulations of a professional field. Involves the supervision of professional, technical, and clerical employees. The scope of responsibility includes planning and evaluating operations; researching new procedures and improvements; interpreting statutes, regulations, and policies. Serves as the division's liaison during major emergency responses within the Department of Homeland Security—Emergency Management Division.
Salary: $38,000.00 - $46,000.00 annually
Please include posting number EMD2400017 on application.

Please note: This is an Exempt position and is not covered under the merit system administered by the West Virginia Division of Personnel.
Under general supervision, performs professional and technical work in the planning, development, coordination, implementation, and evaluation of training programs for the Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) program in the Emergency Management Division. Assists with the development of policies and procedures for the REP unit and interpretation thereof. Assists with the development and revision of the state REP plan. Coordinates planning work and exercises in disaster preparedness and emergency response training as part of the state REP plan. Interacts effectively with representatives of federal and state agencies and stakeholders to advance state and local capabilities for prevention, response and recovery related to radiological disaster emergencies. Assists in facilitating nuclear power plant off-site emergency response training and evaluation of nuclear power plant off-site emergency response plans through training exercise preparation and execution. May be required to work for extended periods of time under stressful conditions as a result of radiological emergencies. Performs other duties as assigned.
Salary: $30,000.00 - $37,000.00 annually
Please include posting number EMD2400016 on application.​


Under general supervision, this position will support federal and state emergency preparedness objectives and national security priorities by managing grants mainly funded through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FEMA. This position will oversee grant activities throughout the entire life cycle of the grant funding and will monitor and evaluate projects/grant applications, track financial expenditures, and ensure proper use of funds. This position is collaborative in nature, and the specialist will work extensively with both internal and external entities on a variety of issues. This position provides guidance to sub-grant applicants and ensures compliance with federal and state regulations and guidelines. The specialist will maintain documentation, prepare reports, conduct field visits, and other duties as needed to support the mission of the WV Emergency Management Division.

Salary:       $49,000.00 - $57,000.00 annually

Please include posting number EMD2400012 on application.


This work involves the full span of technical duties in the programming, implementation, operation, repairand maintenance of the Statewide Interoperable Radio Network, and IP/TDM, UHF digital P25 trunked statewide radio network for the use of municipal, county, state and federal public safety agencies and organizations. This is technicalwork at th​e full-performance level on the full range of UHF digital P25 trunked statewide radio and IP/TDM microwave radio network operational issues. Analyzes and resolves issues relating to connectivity between agencies, multiplelocations and multiple platforms. Effectively identifies and resolves network technical issues emanating from the SIRN network environment and user community. Analyzes and repairs various telecommunications equipment such asnetwork switches, servers, routers, dispatch consoles, network alarm systems, communication tower lighting, basestations, microwave radios, backup systems and repeater network sites. Programs radio networks client subscribers,microwave client circuits and radio frequency antenna combiners. May deal with network operations issues orsituations of unusual difficulty where time and resource loss are critical and network recovery is of primary importance.Assists in testing, evaluation and installation of new hardware and software upgrades.

Salary:         $43,000- $50,000 annually 

Please include posting number EMD2400009 on application.


This position will develop, implement, and manage the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program to ensure that federalobjectives are achieved while looking out for state and national security interests. Candidates will maintain StateCybersecurity Plan, Cybersecurity Committee membership and Cybersecurity Committee Charter as required by federal guidelines. Ensure adequate focus on priorities and objectives from the federal grant guidance and complete grant required capabilities assessments. Develop and manage shared services contracts. Work with key stakeholders and subject matter experts to provide input in the development of state policies for sub-grants to state and local partners. Ensure state and local sub-grantees maintain services and memberships as required by federal grant guidance, ensuring grant ​conditions and assurances are met. Support the completion and submission of the annual National Cybersecurity Review by all funded recipients to the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC). Monitor and report all activitiesrelated to the administration and management of the grant as required by federal guidance.

Salary:         $49,000- $58,000 annually 

Please include posting number EMD2400010 on application.


Performs specialized communications work involving the receipt, analysis, and reporting of information and notifications within the centralized Watch Center of the Emergency Management Division. 

The Watch Center is staffed 24/7/365. 

Monitors emergency/tip-lines, radio frequencies, and various data collection systems in order to provide first-line, proactive awareness of ongoing events. Receives and reviews time-critical information and notifications in order to provide early warning, response and recovery information and guidance. Work involves obtaining, analyzing, prioritizing, recording, and reporting incoming data and notifications and communicating relevant information to applicable individuals and organizations including federal, state, county, and local agencies. Coordinates resources and communications regarding local, regional, and statewide incidents of interest in conjunction with municipalities, counties, emergency management agencies, military authorities and various departments to ensure timely implementation of Emergency Management plans, policy, and regulations. Operates a variety of telecommunication and electronic equipment including telephones, electronic communications, radio, satellite, law enforcement and other specialized networks, computer consoles and various early warning weather alert systems. Monitors, answers, and obtains relevant information from the Mine and Industrial Accident Rapid Response System, the Safe Schools Helpline, the DEP Spill Line, Mine and Industrial Safety Tip Line, State Fire Marshal Arson Hotline, the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Stations Initial Notification Line, the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Stations Gold Executive Conference Line, the National Warning System (NAWAS), the Statewide Interoperable Radio Network (SIRN), and FEMA National Radio System High Frequency Radio Network. Monitor weather radar/watches/warnings/advisories and conduct statewide weather briefings with area weather services. Maintains situational awareness by monitoring local, state, and national events of interest to the state. Work is performed independently within established protocols and procedures under general supervision of a lead worker or the shift supervisor who reviews work in progress and periodic conferences. Employees in this position may be required to work for extended periods of time under stressful conditions as a result of emergency situations or disaster events. Performs other duties as assigned.

Salary: $28,000.00 - $34,000.00 annually

Please include posting number EMD2400013 on application.

Emergency Services Specialist, Senior 

​This is a specialized position working within the RiskMap, Cooperating Technical Partners (CTP) Grant for updating mapping projects statewide. The RiskMap and CTP initiatives provide state-of-art spatial analysis and high-resolution mapping in support of higher standards of floodplain management and hazard mitigation. Plans and coordinates RiskMap/CTP program and rollout of RiskMap maps and data to communities, insurance agents, lending institutes and other partners. Develops and coordinates education and outreach programs to communities and other partners in order to expand the use and application of RiskMap/CTP technology. Assists in the development and execution of vendor applications for procurement of CTP technical services, completes quarterly reports and other aspects of grant management. Works with NFIP Coordinator to provide education and outreach statewide in the floodplain management program. Performs other duties as assigned.

Salary: $30,000.00 - $40,000.00 annually

Please include posting number EMD2400015 on application.

To apply, send West Virginia Division of Personnel applications to: 

Melanie Thomas​ 
​WV Emergency Management Division
1700 MacCorkle Avenue, 6th Floor
Charleston, WV 25314
Please include job title and posting number on application.