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Captain/Recruitment & Public Education


SALARY:  $67,766.40 Annually

Associates degree in fire science technology, emergency medical technology, or a related field; four years as a certified Firefighter II and paramedic, two of which must have been at an Officer level or six months of experience in recruitment and/or public education; or any equivalent combination of directly related training and experience. Successful completion of a pre-employment physical examination and criminal history background check are required prior to employment. 

 Upon submission of application, proof of the following must be provided:

1. Current Firefighter II Certificate of Compliance. If out of state current Firefighter certificate of compliance, must obtain a State of Florida Firefighter Certificate of Compliance within twelve months of appointment to the position. Must be maintained as a condition of employment.2. Florida Fire Instructor I Certification. 

3. Current Paramedic certificate. If out of state current Paramedic certificate, must obtain a State of Florida Paramedic Certificate within twelve months of appointment to the position. Must be maintained as a condition of employment.

4. Current designation as an Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider.

5. A Valid Florida Driver License is required and a Motor Vehicle Record that meets the requirements of Alachua County policy #6-7; Motor Vehicle Records will be reviewed prior to employment.  If, in the past 24-month period, the applicants Motor Vehicle Record has more than three (3) moving traffic infractions or three (3) or more at fault motor vehicle accidents (or combination of both and /or a conviction/pending charge for driving under the influence) or is in violation of any standard mandated by Federal or State Law or Regulation, the minimum qualifications are not met for the position. If out of state valid Driver's License is provided at the time of application, a valid State of Florida Driver's license must be obtained within 30 days of appointment to position.

Successful applicants must meet all requirements for Drivers as listed in Florida Statutes 401.281.

6. A sworn affidavit attesting to the non-use of tobacco products.

7. Incident Command NIMS certification in I-100 and I-200.

Upon appointment to position, the following must be completed and maintained as a condition of employment:

1. Certification by the Alachua County Medical Director within the first month of employment and maintain this certification as a condition of employment.

2. Certification as a Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) Provider (Instructor Certification must be obtained within the first three (3) months and maintained as a condition of employment).

3. Incident Command NIMS certification in I-300 must be obtained within the first six (6) months and maintained as a condition of employment.

4. Florida Fire Instructor II Certification must be obtained within the first twelve (12) months and maintained as a condition of employment.

 Position Summary:
This is administrative and technical work managing, implementing, and coordinating recruitment, hiring practices, and managing testing processes. The position is also responsible for implementing and coordinating the activities of a public education program specific to Alachua County Fire Rescue.

This is an emergency essential classification. Upon declaration of a disaster and/or emergency, all employees in this classification are required to work.
An employee assigned to this position is responsible for establishing programs, procedures and processes to to address recruitment of candidates for employment within the Fire Rescue Operations Section of Alachua County. The employee must also connect with the community through public education, public safety and prevention practices related to Fire and EMS operations. 

Work is performed under the direction of the higher-level supervisor and is reviewed through conferences, reports and observation of results obtained. This position will report directly to an Assistant Chief.

 Examples of Duties:
Exudes a positive customer service focus.

Advocates building organizational culture through aligning decisions with core values including: integrity, honesty, respect, diversity, innovation, accountability and communication.

Prepares and delivers presentations for organizations and targeted recruits.

Coordinates activities with targeted community groups for recruitment and safety education.

Works collaboratively with the Equal Opportunity Office and the Human Resources Department to develop a list of employment advertising sites, by position classification.

Serves as liaison with community agencies on workforce diversity and recruitment issues.

Develops community firefighting academy and delivers community academy classes.

Research fire and medical response trends; establishes programs to address problem patterns and trains organizational staff on trends and programs.

Develops partnerships with community agencies to establish active recruitment and educational training opportunities; i.e. career fairs, community organizations including schools, churches, civic organizations, chamber of commerce, speaking programs at high schools and colleges and other entities involved in the placement of students/employees, military bases, etc.

Assists with developing and/or updating fire rescue classification specifications through collaboration and submittal to the Human Resources department.

May participate, coordinate or assist with the interview process.

Designs recruiting strategies by identifying sources of applicants, developing advertising campaigns and establishing referral sources to attract high quality candidates.

Strategizes to develop, implement and maintain an effective recruitment and retention plan.

Coordinates attendance and presentation by departmental representatives at the recruitment events; represent the County at recruitment events.

Develops and maintains spreadsheets detailing recruitment efforts, associated costs and results of recruitment efforts.

Plans and directs the development and communications of the information designed to keep the public informed of Alachua County Fire Rescue programs.

Designs, plans, implements, and evaluates public education programs and projects for pre-K through 12th grade and generic audiences (from young children to senior citizens).

Prepares and distributes fact sheets, news releases, photographs, scripts, or tape recordings to media representatives and other persons who may be interested in learning about or publicizing department specific activities and/or messages.

Performs Firefighter/Paramedic duties as required.

Responds to incidents to act as Incident Safety Officer and in other command functions.

Performs the duties listed, as well as those assigned, with professionalism and a sense of urgency.

NOTE: These examples are intended only as illustrations of the various kinds of work performed in positions allocated to this class. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.


Knowledge of standard principles, methods, and theories related to governmental recruitment for all levels of positions.

Considerable knowledge in planning, developing and coordinating programs and initiatives.

Knowledge of computers and relevant software.

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, including public speaking and preparing written reports and memoranda.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, other County employees, and the public.

Ability to communicate effectively and maintain cooperative relationships with members of agencies outside the County.

Ability to work under tight deadlines and handle multiple detailed tasks.

Ability to write memorandums and detailed reports.

Ability to conduct research and prepare statistical analysis.

Ability to make sound decisions based on the information at hand.

Ability to research problems and develop alternative solutions.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; talk or hear, and reach with hands and arms. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.