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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.

Doing Business With TEMA

     The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), as an agency of the State of Tennessee government, conducts business with external entities as required under state and federal law, state purchasing regulations, and other standard accounting and procurement practices.

Procurement Information

     TEMA purchases materials and supplies through the state department of General Services, Purchasing Division. This first step in becoming a vendor with which the agency can do business is to become a registered vendor with the state's Purchasing Division. Specific instructions, forms, and information needed to accomplish this process may be found at the Purchasing Division website on doing business with the state. For items that are available on an existing statewide contract, the agency is required to purchase from these contracts unless the contract specifications are not suitable to the purpose for which the items are needed.

     During emergencies, the agency is able to utilize special regulations and laws that allow the agency to bypass certain requirements during times of crisis. The state Purchasing Division normally deploys an Emergency Services Coordinator to the State EOC during emergencies to facilitate the purchase and acquisition of emergency supplies. Note that any vendor wishing to sell or rent material, services or supplies to the state during an emergency must still be a registered vendor as outlined above. On the registration form, there is a specific section to be completed to provide for your organization's emergency and after-hours contact information specifically for this purpose.

     If you know that TEMA is requesting bids for a specific item or group of items, you can find the current list of Invitations to Bid on the General Services web site. Requests for Proposals for services and solutions outside the scope of a state contract may be found Professional Service Procurement -_Requests for Proposals, Solicitations, & Notices.

     For all questions or issues related to the payment of invoices by TEMA, regardless of whether they are related to routine purchases or disaster/emergency purchases, please contact the agency's Business Office at 615-741-1221.

Marketing to TEMA

     Parties or vendors with services or goods they believe may be of interest to the agency or the emergency services community are encouraged to contact TEMA's Director of Agency Support at 615-741-1221. Since the majority of emergency response activities takes place at the local government level, however, TEMA typically will buy any needed equipment, supplies or services using state contract procedures. Emergency purchases during a declared emergency may be handled differently due to the need for speed of delivery.


     Many people often want to help following any significant disaster or emergency. Their first thoughts generally move toward donating materials or money to assist disaster victims. While donated items are often needed and appreciated, in many instances the logistics associated with organizing and distributing donated goods take away from the efficient handling of the disaster response itself. TEMA typically encourages non-government organizations to handle donations and the distribution of the donations to victims of the disaster. Businesses and other organizations wishing to donate goods during a major emergency or disaster may contact TEMA's Director of Agency Support at 615-741-1221.


     TEMA frequently receives inquiries from citizens willing to donate their time or services to a disaster or perhaps to a local emergency services organization. TEMA itself does not presently utilize volunteers. When the agency receives such an inquiry, the person is usually directed to the local emergency management agency serving their community or the Tennessee Volunteers Active In Disasters (TNVOAD) group. Local officials are in a much better position to know what is needed in their communities, and to know where to direct the person in order to achieve the greatest benefit to the community.

     A new initiative called CitizenCorps has been launched by the federal government in an attempt to encourage people to devote volunteer time and service to their local community.