Careers

We need more like you.

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.

 

Beach Safety Officer Position
The South Walton Fire District is now accepting applicants for three fulltime, year-round Beach Safety Officer positions.

The position of Beach Safety Officer is a highly responsible Beach Safety / Lifeguard supervisory position. Duties may include, coordinating, implementing and monitoring training, logistic oversight and participation in surf rescue emergency response activities as required.
 
Wages for this position are $16.48/ Hour or $34,278 per year, with any required overtime paid each pay-period, PTO, plus medical, 401a, & other benefits.

Major Duties:
  • Supervises personnel who patrol the beach area monitoring beach patron education and safety.
  • Develops training programs for employees.
  • Plans and assigns work of subordinate personnel. Makes daily inspections of the beach conditions, rescue equipment and personnel.
  • Reports maintenance needs on beach safety equipment, as well as beach environment facilities such as walkways, signs and in the restrooms.
  • Perform minor maintenance tasks.
  • Fosters and promotes positive beach experience for beach patrons.
  • Develop and deliver educational programs.
  • Reviews emergency and medical treatment reports and maintains daily information on weather and beach conditions.
  • Prepares reports on daily activities for management review.
  • Recommends changes in methods and procedures to insure effectiveness and efficiency, as well as maintaining a casual recreation atmosphere.
  • Oversees compliance to minimum standards for environmental and natural resource protection.
  • Performs other related duties as required.
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



DIVISION CHIEF EMS

CLOSING DATE: Until position has been filled

Position Summary: The Division Chief of EMS works under administrative direction of the SWFD Operations Chief, to direct, manage, supervise, and coordinate assigned EMS programs and activities within South Walton Fire District ("District"); to coordinate assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies; and to provide operational expertise and administrative direction for emergency medical services in support of the Mission of the District.

This is complex supervisory work coordinating all EMS functions of the District, including emergency, non-emergency and administrative functions. The position is a confidential management position and is excluded from the bargaining unit. This position is an at-will, exempt employee, who will normally work a 40-hour, Monday – Friday schedule, but will be expected to vary hours to fit the needs of the District.

The assigned duties require the application of strategic, technical, task level, EMS, firefighting, fire prevention, and public education / outreach services. Additionally, duties will require administrative responsibilities in regards to EMS issues. Emphasis on employee relations and teamwork are required of all members. Requires considerable discretion, independent judgment, and latitude in decision-making, initiative, and leadership. Required to wear District uniform and civilian clothes, as appropriate.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Florida State Certified Paramedic
  • Florida Firefighter Certificate of Compliance
  • American Heart CPR, ACLS, & PALS Provider / Instructor certified preferred
  • Possess and maintain a valid State of Florida driver’s license.
  • Associates Degree (bachelor’s preferred) from an accredited college or university in Emergency Medical Services, Fire Science, or other closely related field.
  • National Incident Management System certification in IS-100, IS-200, IS300, IS-400, IS-700, and IS-800.
  • Florida Forestry certification in S130/S190 as Wildland Firefighter, & S330 Strike Team Leader.
  • Minimum of ten (10) years of increasingly responsible career fire or emergency medical services experience with five (5) years recent experience as a working Paramedic. Paramedic experience must be the equivalent of a Solo Medic approved by the Medical Director at a level reflecting current EMS protocols and standards.

Successful applicants 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. Required residency of within a 20-mile radius of South Walton Fire District Headquarters is required for take home vehicle. A combination of education, certifications, training and/or experience may be considered.

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



 

EMERGENCY VEHICLE TECHNICIAN

This position is responsible for repairing, servicing and maintaining the District’s emergency response vehicles in accordance with standard trade practices.

Minimum Qualifications:

High School diploma or equivalent is required.

Valid unrestricted Florida Driver's 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 drug screen/background check requirements as a condition of employment.

National Incident Management System certification in IS-700, and IS-800

A combination of education, certifications, training and/or experience may be considered.

 

Applications are being accepted until filled.

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

 

SEASONAL LIFEGUARDS 2019 SEASON

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

Position Requirements include:

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 ongoing. You will need to bring your drivers license and social security card.

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.

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

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 dvaughan@swfd.org

 

EMT FOR NON-EMERGENCY TRANSPORT TECHNICIANS

Part-time opportunities available

Compensation depends on qualifications and experience, approximately 16-24 hours per week, Monday-Friday

Patient Transport Technicians (PTT) assists patients by transporting them into, around, and out of hospitals, convalescent facilities, dialysis centers, rehabilitation centers, medical offices, health care facilities, and private residences in a safe and professional manner. Drivers will be responsible for maintaining assigned transport vehicles and the assigned transport equipment. The PTT shall ensure that the assigned vehicle has all required supplies, and that all transport trip reports are completed each shift.

Minimum qualifications:

  • 18 years of age
  • Possess a current Florida EMT or Paramedic license
  • Hold a valid CPR Health Care Provider certification
  • Possess a valid Florida driver's license with an acceptable driving record
  • Hold a Florida approved 16 hour Emergency Vehicle Operator's Course

 

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

 

COMMUNICATIONS OPERATOR

Includes a career advancement program and excellent benefits

Part Time/On Call and Full Time Positions Available.

$16.03/hour - Starting pay for non-certified - $17.37/hour for certified.

Part Time opportunities are available.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

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 QUALIFICATIONS FOR EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:

  • Minimum of 18 years of age.
  • High School graduate or equivalent diploma required.
  • Clerical experience useful but not required.
  • 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

 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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.

 

TO APPLY

You may print off an APPLICATION 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.