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Full-time
Minimum USD Salary: 100,313
Maximum USD Salary: 100,313

Industry: Fire Department

Company: City of San Jose, CA

Salary : $100,313.20 Annually

Location : San Jose

Job Type: Full-Time

Job Number: 202300464

Department: Fire Department

Opening Date: 06/06/2024

Closing Date: 8/2/2024 11:59 PM Pacific

Our diverse and inclusive workforce of more than 7,000 employees play a key role in the success of San José, the heart of the Silicon Valley. All City of San José employees work together as one team to make San José a vibrant, innovative, and desirable place to live and work. Visit to learn more about San José.
About the Department

The San José Fire Department’s (SJFD) core mission is to serve the community by protecting life, property, and the environment through prevention and response. SJFD is a high-volume, all-hazards fire department providing fire suppression and rescue services that protects approximately 200 square miles, Advanced Life Support and Basic Life Support services as well as specialized operations including Urban Search and Rescue, Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting, and a Hazardous Material Unit with a Decontamination Unit. SJFD deploys resources from 34 fire stations, protecting areas within city limits and some unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County by contract. SJFD currently has 720 authorized sworn positions across nine ranks, offering many opportunities for career advancement.

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To apply, please complete an application via the City of San José’s website at:

Position Duties

Please note that applications are currently not accepted through CalOpps or any other third party job board application system. To apply, applicants must complete an application via the City of San Jose’s website at www.sanjoseca.gov/citycareers

This is the trainee level class in the Firefighter series, responsible for becoming proficient in the understanding of lifesaving and firefighting methods within the SJFD. Through a specific program comprised of general and specialized education, focused training including extensive hands-on experience, Firefighter Recruits will learn diverse tasks, policies, procedures and standards within the SJFD. Incumbents will learn techniques in emergency medical services, rescue work, firefighting and other emergency services. Duties may involve considerable physical exertion and potential risk to health and safety. Work is rigidly structured, highly supervised, and incumbents are continuously evaluated and receive feedback regularly. Firefighter Recruits must graduate from the Academy and be appointed to the class of Firefighter in order to retain employment in the job series.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.

In addition to the salary, employees shall also receive an approximate one percent (1%) ongoing non-pensionable compensation pay.

  • Competitive Salary
    • Firefighter Recruit: $45.05 hourly, $3,604.00 bi-weekly*

Upon successful completion of the Firefighter-Recruit Academy:

Upon successful completion of the academy, eligible employees may also receive the following additional premium pays:

  • Paramedic Pay: 14% of top step Firefighter upon completion of Santa Clara County Paramedic Accreditation process (currently $733.69 bi-weekly)
  • Oral Bilingual Pay: 2.5% of top step Firefighter (currently $131.02 bi-weekly)

Education & Training Pay (AA/AS – BS, Fire Science, Fire Technology, Fire Protection Technology): 1.5% of top step Firefighter (currently $78.61 bi-weekly)

Employees hired on or after January 1, 2017, must reside within 120* minutes travel time from the nearest City of San Jose fire station (non-traffic period as calculated by Google Maps or map program mutually agreed to by the parties).

*effective July 1, 2024, the travel time will change to residing within 180 minutes of the nearest

Minimum Qualifications

To be considered, the following minimum qualifications are required by the final filing date of August 2, 2024:

Firefighter Recruit applicants: Must be current on the Firefighter Candidate Testing Center (FCTC) Statewide Eligibility List (SEL) by the final filing date of 08/02/2024. For more information on how to be placed on the FCTC SEL, visit . A passing score on the FCTC Written Test must be dated between 08/1/2023 and 08/2/2024.

To view upcoming Cal-JAC CPAT and FCTC Written Test dates, click here ().

Candidates experiencing financial hardship may qualify for financial aid to pay for their FCTC testing fees. ()

Education: Graduation from High School or equivalent (G.E.D. or California Proficiency Certificate).

Experience:

  • Firefighter Recruit- None.

Licenses or Certificates:

  • Possession of a valid driver’s license at time of application. Must obtain a California driver’s license, if issued by another state, prior to promotion to the Firefighter classification.
  • Possession of a current and valid State of California Emergency Medical Technician Certification or Certified by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, Emergency Medical Technician – Basic must be dated after 08/03/2023.
  • Proof of a valid Candidate Physical Ability Test must be dated on or after 01/13/2024. (Please note that at time of application submission, a current CPAT must be on file or submitted to FCTC).

REQUIRED LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR FIREFIGHTER-RECRUIT (PARAMEDIC):

  • Proof of Paramedic Licensure and Certification as demonstrated by:
  • Documentation of successful completion of an approved paramedic training program and successful completion of the National Registry of EMT-Ps written and practical examinations by the date of the written examination and actual possession of a current and valid paramedic license issued by the State of California Emergency Medical Services Authority by 10/22/2024; OR
  • Possession of a valid EMT-P certification from another state, territory, country and registration with the National registry of EMT-Ps and actual possession of a current and valid paramedic license issued by the State of California Emergency Medical Services Authority by 10/22/2024; OR
  • Possession of a current and valid Paramedic license issued by the State of California Emergency Medical Services Authority by 10/22/2024.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Possession of current and valid State of California Emergency Medical Services Authority Paramedic License by 10/22/2024.
  • Possession of a Bachelors (BS or BA) degree or Associates (AS or AA) degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Possession of a Fire Science/Fire Technology Certificate from an accredited college.
  • Completion of 30 semester units (or equivalent) from an accredited college with at least 15 semester units (or equivalent) in Fire Science/Fire Technology.
  • Possession of California State Fire Marshal Firefighter I Certification or equivalent.
  • Possession of California State Fire Marshal Firefighter II Certification or equivalent.
  • Bilingual (Arabic, Armenian, Assyrian, Cambodian, Cantonese, Croatian, French, German, Greek, Hmong, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, or Vietnamese).

Veterans Preference: The City of San José has a Veteran’s Preference Policy () that applies to this recruitment. To claim veteran’s preference points, you must provide a copy of your honorable military discharge form, Form DD214. For more information on the City’s Veteran’s Preference Policy, visit the link above.

Selection Process: The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant’s training and experience based on the application and responses to all the job specific questions. You must answer all questions to be considered or your application may be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration. Only the candidates whose backgrounds best match the position will be invited to proceed in the selection process. Applicants deemed most competitive after oral interviews will be required to pass a Fire background investigation, which includes polygraph and psychological screening. Additional phases of the selection process are described below.

Tentative Timeline

Personal History Questionnaire (On-line): Week of August 11, 2024

Oral Board Interview (In Person): August 24-25, 2024

Chief’s Interview (In Person): Starting August 24, 2024

Backgrounds (In Person): Week of September 8, 2024

Conditional Offers: October 23, 2024

Livescan (fingerprinting)/Polygraph/Psychological Review/Medical Examination/Uniform

Sizing/Mask Fit (In Person):Week of October 28, 2024

Final Job Offer Notifications:January 3, 2025

Academy Start Date: January 13, 2025

*DATES MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE IF NEEDED*

Other Qualifications

You must answer all job-specific questions to be considered for this vacancy or your application will be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration.

If you have questions regarding the duties of this position, please email inquiries to

sjfdrecruiting@sanjoseca.gov.

The application deadline is Friday, August 2, 2024, at 11:59 PM Please allow adequate time to complete the application and submit before the deadline or the system may not save your application. If your online application was successfully submitted, you will receive an automatic confirmation email to the email address you provided. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE THE CONFIRMATION, please email and we will research the status of your application. Please contact Human Resources at (408) 535-1285, or if you have any questions.

Additional Information:

Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.

Please note that applications are currently not accepted through CalOpps or any other third party job board application system.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.

Please allow adequate time to complete the application and submit before the deadline or the system may not save your application. If your online application was successfully submitted, you will receive an automatic confirmation email to the email address you provided. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE THE CONFIRMATION, please email and we will research the status of your application.

The City of San Jose offers a wide range of core health benefits including Medical, Dental, Vision, Employee Assistance Program, Life Insurance, Disability, and Savings Plans. Please visit the City’s for detailed information on coverage, cost, and dependent coverage.

For information on the City’s Retirement Plan(pension for full-time employees), please visit the Office of Retirement Services You will be able to view information based on different Sworn/Federated job classification.

In additional to the benefits above, there is an to explore further benefits of working for the City of San Jose like paid leave, educational reimbursements, and holiday pay are specific to the job classification and union membership.

01

Do you have a High School diploma or GED?

  • Yes
  • No

02

This position requires a State of California Driver’s License. Please select the applicable option that best describes your driver’s license, or your ability to possess a valid driver’s license.

  • State of CA, Class A Driver’s License
  • State of CA, Class B Driver’s License
  • State of CA, Class C Driver’s License
  • I do not possess a State of California Driver’s License but, I can obtain one.
  • I do not possess a State of California Driver’s License and I cannot obtain one

03

Do you have at least twelve (12) months of paid, full-time employment within the last 36 months as a sworn uniformed firefighter in any city, county, state or federal agency?

  • Yes
  • No

04

If you answered “YES” to the Question above, list the agency(-ies) and classification(s) you held. You must include START AND END DATES of your employment. (If seasonal, list the start and end date of EACH period of employment.) For each agency, you must include the number of stations, population served, and the agency’s annual emergency call volume. You must also describe the work you did in detail. Your response to this question will be reviewed in the application screening process. Incomplete responses may be screened out and withheld from further consideration. (Your response must coincide with the employment history section of this application.)

05

Do you have a current and valid CPAT card (dated on or after 01/13/2024)? If so, please provide the date it was received

06

Do you possess a current and valid certification as a State of California Firefighter I or equivalent?

  • Yes
  • No

07

Do you possess a current and valid certification as a State of California Firefighter II or equivalent?

  • Yes
  • No

08

Do you possess a B.A., B.S., A.A., or A.S. in any degree from an accredited college?

  • Yes
  • No

09

Are you bilingual? If so, please indicate which language(s).

10

Can you claim veteran’s status?

  • Yes
  • No

11

Do you have possession of a current and valid State of California Emergency Medical Technician Certification or Certified by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, Emergency Medical Technician – Basic? If so, please provide your license number and expiration date.

12

Do you possess any of the types of Paramedic certification described in the job announcement? If so, please provide your license number and expiration date.

13

If you are a paramedic, please select one of the following that most closely describes your Paramedic experience.

  • I have EMT-P Certification and less than 6-months work experience as a field paramedic for either a fire agency or private ambulance company.
  • I have at least 6 months experience as a field paramedic with either a fire agency or private ambulance company.
  • I have at least 12 months experience as a field paramedic with either a fire agency or private ambulance company.
  • I have at least 24 months experience as a field paramedic with either a fire agency or private ambulance company.
  • I am not a paramedic.

14

If you are not a paramedic but are currently enrolled in a paramedic program, do you anticipate graduating and passing the National Registry Exam prior to October 23, 2024? If yes, you must provide proof of passing the National Registry Exam to sjfdrecruiting@sanjoseca.gov no later than October 22, 2024.

  • Yes
  • No

15

Have you completed a Firefighter I academy within the last two years? If so, please provide the date of completion and where the academy took place.

Required Question

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