Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management Specialist

The mission and vision of Oklahoma’s Department of Emergency Management Hazard Mitigation Program is to create a disaster-resilient state of Oklahoma such that natural hazard events result in no loss of life, minimal property damage, and limited long-term impacts to the economy.

OEM helps local governments and tribes implement Statewide and Local Hazard Mitigation Goals by identifying and planning for the hazards they are most likely to face. OEM provides data and other hazard planning information in collaboration with other state and federal agencies. OEM also helps entities use these resources to develop natural hazards mitigation plans and integrate them with other plans, policies, programs, and regulations. In this way, natural hazards mitigation will be considered in decision-making processes and development projects.

Positions – OEM Specialist II

Job Title – HM Planner

Division – Hazard

Mitigation Supervisor – SHMO

Duty Station – Oklahoma

Recovery Office Start Date – To be determined

Hours – 40 hours per week

Travel – Minimal

Job Description – Assist local governments in updating their natural hazard mitigation plans, and integrating them into overall State and Local Mitigation Strategy. This includes, but is not limited to:

• Review existing mitigation plans to prioritize updates and identify appropriate integration methods.

• Obtain necessary maps, data, and information.

• Assist local communities in drafting new or revised plan sections.

• Assist local communities in involving the public, decision makers, technical experts, and reviewers in the planning process.

• Ensure that the planning process and plan document comply with FEMA requirements.

General Notes on Duties

While an individual would be hired for one of the areas listed above, specific projects and responsibilities will vary based on the experience, expertise, and interest of the individual as well as the overall workload of the section. Actual duties could include a combination of the areas. Duties would include individual responsibility for some projects, and collaboration on a team for some projects. Some projects will require travel within Oklahoma to provide service to cities and counties.


A Bachelors Degree in Urban or Regional Planning, Public Administration, Social Science, Civil Engineering, Architecture, Economics, Geography or a related field; AND One year of progressively responsible experience related to the job.

Additional Preference: The following items are not required, but applicants who have them are especially encouraged to apply and should be sure to include the information in their application.

• Certification as a Certified Floodplain Manager by the Association of State Floodplain Managers.

• Certification as a AICP Planner by the American Planning Association.

• Experience using geographic information systems (GIS).

To apply, the interested candidate should send their resume to Matthew Rollins, OEM Oklahoma Hazard Mitigation Officer, at Matthew.Rollins@oem.ok.gov.

To apply for this job email your details to Matthew.Rollins@oem.ok.gov