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As King County continues to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there is an immediate need to fill emergency-related roles through temporary assignment. This program has been created to address an urgent need for employees to be deployed to 50 known vacant positions. This number grows every day as programs grow or change. These deployments are intended to last for one to three months and are full-time positions. This includes managers and administrative staff.

Most roles do not have patient contact, and those that do will have that information communicated before the assignment begins, as well as receive appropriate training. These emergency deployment opportunities are available for current county employees who have capacity and supervisor approval.

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Quick facts


  • There are currently 20 staff deployed in the program.
  • Employee trainings are tailored for each site and role.
  • There are roughly 20 Quarantine and Isolation sites throughout King County.
  • The top four are Kent, Issaquah, Shoreline, and Renton.

Featured job

There are several media and communication roles in the Guidance & Public Information Branch of the Public Health – Seattle & King County Health and Medical Area Command (HMAC).

If you are qualified, apply now. View the description here.

Make a difference

Apply now for an emergency deployment position

If you are a King County employee interested in one these roles, and have capacity to help, please follow these instructions:

  1. Receive permission from your supervisor to apply for this redeployment, and
  2. Understand deployments are for a minimum of one week in duration and may be at a location that is a COVID response site, and
  3. Once approved, email the Employee Questionnaire to EmergencyStaffing@kingcounty.gov and Cc your supervisor.

For questions or for more information, contact EmergencyStaffing@kingcounty.gov.

All available positions

View the full position description here. Below are several of the main duties:

  • Clean, stock and sanitize rooms including tables, chairs, toilets, showers, sinks and walls.
  • Make beds with clean supplies.
  • Request and stock various types of supplies, mix and use cleaning solutions and chemicals.
  • Set up and arrange furniture.
  • Sweep and clean facility perimeter.

View the full position description here. Below are several of the main duties:

  • Monitor facility activity and share issues with supervisor.
  • Provide food/water for people who cannot get out of bed.
  • Notify medical staff if there is an emergency.
  • Collect and record measurements/vital signs such as body temperatures.
View the full position description here. Below are several of the main duties:
  • Organize, oversee, establish and maintain data sources that may include contracts, budgets, payroll, legal documents and/or other records.
  • Research and summarize specialized or technical information from varied sources.
  • Compose, draft, summarize, prepare, proofread and/or edit documents.
  • Schedule meetings and maintain calendars for supervisor and/or organizational unit/program.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

View the full position description here. Below are several of the main duties:

  • Plan, organize, schedule and coordinate work activities.
  • Provide guidance and technical assistance to staff.
  • Monitor budget expenditures and authorize purchases.
  • Recommend changes to procedures and guidelines affecting the facility
View the full position description here. Below are several of the main duties:
  • Overall responsible for the operational and logistical needs of the assigned ACRC site
  • Identify and deescalate issues across organizational and community lines
  • Can resource through the appropriate channels when technical issues arise and remove barriers
  • Develop and implement changes to procedures and guidelines affecting the facility/site

View the full position description here. Below are several of the main duties:

  • Technical project management experience including technical writing
  • Website development and management experience, including HTML knowledge
  • Ability to use social media effectively to reach targeted audiences
  • Video editing

Frequently Asked Questions

Employees will continue to be paid at their current rate of pay, and employees will not receive a reduction in pay for the emergency redeployment. Employees with a base pay rate of less than step 1 of the posted position will be paid at step 1 or 5% over their base pay rate, whichever is greater. Employees with a base pay rate greater than step 1 of the posted position will keep their current base pay rate. FLSA-employees that are placed in non-exempt (hourly) redeployment of one week (or when non-exempt duties are the majority of hours in the workweek) or longer will be paid on an hourly basis during the redeployment; Such employees will receive their base hourly rate of pay and will be eligible for overtime for hours worked over 40 in a workweek.
Generally, no, this redeployment is intended to support the County’s emergency response needs. This optional program will support those who cannot perform their regular work duties during this emergency. However, some roles may allow you to perform both your base and the emergency roles with supervisor approval.
There are various locations, and details will be provided as deployments become known.
There are various locations, and details will be provided as deployments become known.

These positions may not be suited for employees in the following high-risk categories:

  • Employees 60 years and older
  • Employees with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes
  • Employees with weakened immune systems
  • Employees who are currently pregnant
  • Employees who have symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, fever, and shortness of breath)

For more information about COVID-19 and the risk factors please visit www.kingcounty.gov/covid.

Requesting employees for emergency deployment

King County departments requesting employees for emergency deployment should either enter a request into WebEOC, or email the request to RCECC.Logs@kingcounty.gov, and include the Emergency Deployment request form

The Office of Emergency Management will work with requestors and the Department of Human Resources to answer any outstanding questions and fulfill staffing requests. For questions about this emergency deployment process, contact the Emergency Operations Center Duty Officer at RCECC.Logs@kingcounty.gov or by phone at 206-296-3830.