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.



 
Fire/Life Plans Examiner I

The South Walton Fire District is currently seeking applicants for the position of Plans Examiner I. Duties will include reviewing building permit and construction related applications for compliance with applicable statues, codes and standards; interpreting, explaining, and ensuring compliance with provisions of local fire prevention and life safety codes, National Fire Protection Association codes, State Fire Marshal Uniform Regulations and other applicable federal, state and local codes, laws, rules and regulations; reviewing applications for new developments and/or rezoning and making appropriate recommendations relating to fire safety issues; providing interpretations of technical fire code issues and approving equivalent and alternative methods for meeting code requirements following guidelines established in the Florida Fire Prevention Code and NFPA Codes; performing field fire safety inspections when required. This position reports directly to the SWFD Fire Marshal.
 
Requirements and Qualifications: 
  • High school graduate or possession of an acceptable equivalency diploma
  • Possession of a valid, appropriate driver's license and an acceptable driving record or obtain a valid Florida driver's license within thirty (30) days of hire or promotion
  • Florida State Certified Fire Safety Inspector I or must hold current State of Florida Firefighter Certificate of Compliance/Firefighter II with ability to obtain Fire Safety Inspector I within six (6) months of employment.
  • 2 years’ experience as a fire safety inspector, fire plans reviewer, fire code related, or any combination in related field preferred.
  • Maintain basic CPR certification as accepted by the Florida Department of Health.
  • Ability to read and interpret codes ordinances and statutes.
  • Emergency Vehicle Operator certification, as specified in Florida Administrative Code.
  • Must be able to comprehend, speak, and write the English language.
  • Possess good interpersonal and communication skills to deal with public.
  • 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, reference and background check requirements as a condition of employment.
 
If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit application/resume to SWFD at 911 N. County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459-5371 no later than Friday, December 18, 2020.  Completed applications/resumes and questions may be emailed to career@swfd.org.




PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
 
The South Walton Fire District is currently seeking applicants for the position of Public Information Officer (PIO).  The PIO will serve as the primary communications/media liaison between the public and the South Walton Fire District creating and maintaining a positive public image for the District through the delivery of accurate and relevant information.   Activities may include special events, public forums, press conferences, groundbreakings, ribbon cuttings, dedications, community cleanup projects and other ceremonies.  Serves as a PIO to the community on fires, public education and/or other approved events that occur within the SWFD and supports the District’s Master Plan. This position reports to the Fire Chief.
 
Knowledge Required:  Thorough knowledge of principles and practices of news media both print and electronic, publishing including photography and desktop publishing programs and web development as well as customer and public relations. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with the general public, the media, employees, division and department heads and other public/private sector contacts. Knowledge of pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations regarding gathering and disseminating of information.  Knowledge of municipal operations, procedures, policies, laws, objective and organization. Ability to be creative, to develop ideas regarding a given topic/situation and deliver information utilizing various methods of communication.
 
Requirements and Qualifications:  SWFD is looking for a self-motivated individual to effectively represent the District to outside individuals and agencies while organizing and prioritizing workload to meet established deadlines and follow up on assignments with minimum direction to ensure responsibilities are carried out in a timely manner.  Qualified candidates must possess the following:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public or Business Administration, Media, Public Relations or closely related field; higher level degree a plus
  • Three (3) years of experience in government relations and/or media relations.  Experience with Fire Service a plus
  • Must be good-natured, not opinionated and not afraid to work in front of cameras
  • 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
  • A combination of education and experience may be considered.
 Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
  • Must possess a valid Florida Driver’s License and maintain an acceptable driving record through the course of employment
  • Current CPR Certification as accepted by Florida Department of Health
  • Must be willing to obtain the National Incident Management System ICS-100 Introduction to the Incident Command System and IS-700 National Incident Management System, An Introduction within six (6) months of employment.  The following courses are designed to provide a baseline, as they introduce basic NIMS and ICS concepts and provide the foundation for higher-level Emergency Operations Center- (EOC), MACS-, and ICS-related training.
 How to Apply:  Applications may be submitted by mail, fax or email to the following no later than Friday, December 4, 2020.
 
South Walton Fire District
911 N. County Highway 393
Santa Rosa Beach, FL  32459
850-267-1298 (Office)
850-267-3294 (fax)
career@swfd.org




 

 

SEASONAL LIFEGUARDS 2020 SEASON


SWFD NEEDS LIFEGUARDS ASAP!!!


STARTING PAY - $15/HOUR!!!
PAID TRAINING - UP TO 40 HOURS @ $10/Hour!!!

PART-TIME AVAILABLE!

GET PAID TO WORK ON THE BEACH!

EMAIL
CAREER@SWFD.ORG

CALL
850-803-2601


The South Walton Fire District (SWFD) is currently gearing up for the 2020 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 driver’s license and social security card.

Entry level pay: $15.00 per hour/ up to 40 hour work week.

Lifeguard towers are located at the following (11) regional access points: Inlet Beach, Santa Clara Beach Access , Van Ness Butler Beach Access, Blue Mountain Beach, Gulfview Heights, Ed Walline Park, Ft. Panic, Dune Allen, Miramar Beach - 2 locations.

2 Towers are located on Sandestin Properties

2 Towers are located on Rosemary Beach Properties

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 career@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 opportunities are available.

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


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.