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Employment Opportunities

The Southern Marin Fire Protection District  is seeking candidates for an Eligibility List (to be considered for prospective open entry-level and lateral firefighter/firefighter paramedic positions).

Entry Level

To be considered for this position, you must successfully pass the Firefighter Candidate Testing Center (FCTC) entry level firefighter written exam and be placed on the FCTC statewide list.  Please visit www.FCTConline.org to register for an upcoming exam and to learn more about the exam process, requirements and scheduled exam locations/dates.  The Southern Marin Fire Protection District will receive a list of candidates from the Firefighter Candidate Testing Center and will notify candidates of their eligibility to apply for this position with the first-round interviews targeted for early December 2018 and an anticipated hire date of April 2019.  Entry level posting will open on 11/5/18 and close on 11/22/18 at 5pm. DUE TO THE CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES - WE HAVE EXTENDED THE APPLICATION DEADLINE TO 5PM MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2018.

Lateral Hire

To be considered for this position, you must have 12 months' consecutive full time paid firefighting experience in the last year in addition to qualifications below.

Lateral hire posting HAS CLOSED.  

See below for a Firefighter EMT/Paramedic job description, qualifications and current salary/benefit information.

We appreciate your interest in the Southern Marin Fire Protection District.

The Position

As a Firefighter or Paramedic for the Southern Marin Fire Protection District, you will embark on a physically challenging, exciting and rewarding career.  We are seeking highly motivated individuals who are dedicated to community service, have an aptitude for the diverse work performed in the fire service, and who demonstrate the qualities expected of today's fire service professionals.

 Examples of Duties

Responds to and performs skilled tasks at the scene of incidents involving illness, injury, fires, rescues, environmental hazards, hazardous materials, vehicle accidents and other situations which may involve threat to life or property;  inspects, drives, operates and performs maintenance of vehicles and other fire equipment; conduct business and residential inspections, performs public safety training and education; maintains fire stations; participates in training programs; other related duties as assigned.


  1. Must be a minimum 18 years of age at time of application
  2. High school diploma or GED certificate
  3. Must have a valid Class C driver's license at time of employment (please send copy)
  4. State Firefighter I Certificate (Academy not sufficient) (please send copy)
  5. Firefighter/EMT applicants must have current EMT certification (please send copy)
  6. Firefighter/Paramedic applicants must have current California State Paramedic license and
    Marin County paramedic accreditation at the 
    time of employment (please send copy)
  7. Current CPAT (within one year or at time of appointment for lateral) (please send copy if entry level)

Salary and Benefits

Salary Ranges
Firefighter:  $6,434-$8,212/month
Firefighter/Paramedic:  $7,078-$9,033/month
Salary negotiable for lateral transfers

Educational Incentives
Up to 10.5% of monthly salary based on education.

Retirement System
Southern Marin participates in the Marin County Employees' Retirement System (MCERA)

Comprehensive medical, dental, vision, life, LTD, and LTC insurance.  

Vacation Leave ranges from 7 to 13 shifts per year based on years of service.
Sick Leave is 6 shifts per year.

Deferred Compensation Plan
The District participates in a 457 deferred compensation plan and contributes an amount equal to 5% of the employee’s salary.

 Memorandum of Understanding

The benefits described above are provided as a general overview of the Memorandum of Understanding.  For full details, potential employees should review the District's memorandum of understanding. The present memorandum of understanding expires June 30, 2018.

Current Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)  

 2018.2019 Firefighter MOU.pdf (click to view)

Employment Documents
Download this file (2018 SMFD General Job Application Fillable Form.pdf)2018 SMFD General Job Application[2018 SMFD General Job Application]164 kB
Download this file (Personal History Statement - Firefighter Paramedic EMT 2018 FILLABLE.pdf)Personal History Statement - Firefighter Paramedic EMT 2018 FILLABLE.pdf[Personal History Statement]990 kB

Our Mission

The Mission of the Southern Marin Fire District is to contribute to Greater Southern Marin Community’s reputation as a safe, friendly, economically thriving community in which to live, work, learn, play and visit.

We achieve our mission by providing the highest quality local and regional community risk reduction, suppression, emergency medical services, rescue, marine response, disaster preparedness and community education services possible within the resources provided to us.

We are professional, proud, compassionate, highly-trained, and committed to utilizing state of the art technology to provide services that meet or exceed the expectations of our community.


308 Reed Boulevard
Mill Valley, CA 94941

Tel: (415) 388-8182
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