Thank you for showing an interest in one of Florida's leading fire-rescue agencies. The most important thing we can do for our community is to hire the "best of the best". We are actively pursuing committed individuals who are not only willing to become South Walton Fire District team members but also members of our community. We hope the following pages and links will familiarize you with our hiring process, the required qualifications, and provide information about our organization.

South Walton Fire District employees see themselves as more then just co-workers. We truly think of each other as family! We take pride in what we do and whom we represent. We strongly believe in fostering an environment that encourages values that promote personal and professional achievement--and it shows!

There has never been a better time to join South Walton Fire District! The Beaches of South Walton are world class and our District is experiencing unprecedented growth. This new growth will translate into great opportunities for current and future members. Our team of professionals is on the cutting edge of fire, EMS and Beach Safety, and our results-driven approach is obvious to our community.

Are you the "best of the best"? If you are, please consider our department for a rewarding fire-rescue service career. Take the steps to compete in becoming part of the South Walton Fire District family and the South Walton community! We appreciate your interest in the South Walton Fire District and look forward to hearing from you.


The South Walton Fire District is now recruiting applicants for a full time, year-around Beach Safety Director position.

This position is responsible for the overall supervision and management of lifeguard personnel for 26 miles of beach. The Beach Safety Director (BSD) is responsible for management of a USLA certified program by ensuring training requirements are meet, responding to incidents, administrative duties, representing the District at community functions and fiscal and operational oversight of the beach safety program.

Complete applications must be submitted prior to March 30, 2015 at 4:00 pm to be considered.

Essential Functions:
  • Serves as manager of assigned personnel; makes personnel assignments; manages emergency operations;
  • Responds to emergencies and directs the deployment of lifeguards and equipment;
  • Assesses and analyzes lifeguards in relation to capabilities;
  • Assesses and evaluates preparedness of personnel;
  • Reviews and evaluates administrative reports;
  • Inspects personnel, towers, and equipment for proper conditions;
  • Reviews and recommends changes in standard operating procedures within the framework of District policies;
  • Enforces District rules and regulations and maintains discipline among personnel;
  • Participates in the employee selection process and evaluates job performance and skill level of personnel;
  • Assists in preparing assigned program budgets to be included in annual District budget;
  • May review, evaluate and reorder expenditure priorities; writes reports and maintains records;
  • Assesses and analyzes community risks beach and water safety
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Minimum of ten (10) years lifeguard experience
  • Must be able to swim 500 meters over a measured course in 10 minutes or less.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Florida Driver License.
  • Must be a non-smoking/non-tobacco using person, both on and off the job, at the time of employment and maintain same non-smoking and non-use throughout the term of employment.
  • Must successfully pass the Fire District's medical/physical, drug screen and background check requirements as a condition of employment.
  • Residency of within a 20 mile radius of South Walton Fire District Headquarters located at 911 North County Road 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459.

Salary: $53,000 to $61,000 depending on experience and education.

This posting is illustrative and not all inclusive. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact us at career@swfd.org for a complete job description and/or application.


Includes a career advancement program and excellent benefits

Part Time/On Call and Full Time Positions Available.
$14.25/hour - Starting pay for non-certified - $15.44/hour for certified.

Part Time opportunities are available.


Highly responsible work receiving and disseminating all fire rescue, and medical calls for service via the E911 System, VHF radio system and an 800MHz radio system. This critical position is the community's first place for help on the majority of calls that our team responds to. Answers all telephone lines (E911 and administrative), receives complaints, calls for help, reports of deaths, injuries, etc. and dispatches the proper unit(s) to respond (ambulance, fire apparatus, etc.). Records all data reported for response and analyzes the information for input into a Computer-Aided Dispatch System. Operates radio console for Fire Department and uses Computer-Aided Dispatch, E911 PSAP and administrative telephones. Performs clerical duties and computer related work as required. Ability to learn Dispatch Signals, to speak with a clear, well-modulated voice, and to use proper grammar required. Ability to maintain poise, to think clearly, remain calm, and to respond to emergencies under stressful conditions. The ability to maintain an effective working relationship with co-workers and citizens is required. Be available for emergency call-out during off-duty hours and weekends, as required.


  • Minimum of 18 years of age.
  • High School graduate or equivalent diploma required.
  • The Florida State PST Certification and a minimum of one year experience are preferred
  • National Academy EMD certification preferred.
  • Clerical experience useful but not required.
  • A combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Must pass a pre-employment assessment center.
  • Work is performed on a rotating shift basis; including weekends, nights and holidays.
  • Must have a reliable telephone service.

If you are interested in this opportunity, complete the APPLICATION and return it to SWFD at 911 N. County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459-5371. Completed applications and questions may also be e-mailed to career@swfd.org



The South Walton Fire District (SWFD) is currently accepting applications for the upcoming beach season.

Position Requirements include:
  • at least 18 years of age
  • high school diploma
  • able to work weekends and public holidays
  • in good physical condition
  • possession of a valid Florida driver's license
  • complete a 500 meter swim in less than 10 minutes
  • complete a 1.2 mile beach run in less than 11:30 minutes
  • successful completion of background check and drug screen
Upon employment, candidates must successfully complete the SWFD's 40 Hour Open Water Lifeguard Orientation (USLA Curriculum), and Emergency Medical Responder/CPR Course.

Swim tryouts are on going. You will need to bring your drivers license and social security card.

Emergency Medical Responder/CPR Class will commence February 28.

Entry level pay: $13.00 per hour/ approx 40 hour work week.

Lifeguard towers are located at the following (10) regional access points: Inlet Beach, Santa Clara Beach Access , Van Ness Butler Beach Access, Blue Mountain Beach, Gulfview Heights, Ed Walline Park, Dune Allen, Miramar Beach - 2 locations.

If you are interested in this opportunity, complete the APPLICATION and return it to SWFD at 911 N. County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459-5371. Completed applications and questions may also be e-mailed to clambert@swfd.org


The South Walton Fire District is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, or disability. As part of our commitment to a drug-free workplace, a job applicant is offered employment conditional upon successfully passing a drug test. Refusal to take the test, or failure to pass the test according to minimum standards, is cause for disqualification. If you become employed with the District, you may be required to again submit to a drug test as requested. Your refusal, or failure to pass the test according to minimum standards, will result in your termination.

The District will provide reasonable accommodations necessary to applicants with disabilities preventing them from completing a Department application form. Please contact our Administrative Office immediately, if you need special accommodations.


You may print off an application from HERE and mail it to the following:

South Walton Fire District
911 N. County Highway 393
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459-5371

You may also request an application by calling 850-267-1298.