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Firefighter I


The Town of Smithfield is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Firefighter I.  Performs varied tasks vital to the overall fire suppression and emergency response efforts of a municipal fire department.  Employee will respond to emergency calls and function as a Firefighter, Technical Rescuer, and Emergency Medical Technician-Basic.  Candidate will assist with station duties, public fire education, equipment maintenance, and contribute to the overall emergency response readiness of the department.  Must have high school diploma or equivalent; applicant must be a minimum of 18 years old and have experience in fire ground operations, emergency medical care, and hazardous materials.  Preferred candidates will have North Carolina Firefighter Certification, Emergency Medical Technician-Basic, Technical Rescuer Certification, North Carolina Hazardous Materials Responder Level I Certification, Valid North Carolina Class-B Operators License or the ability to obtain within 6 months after employment. Technical Rescue-VR or the ability to obtain within 12 months after employment.  Pre-employment drug screen, criminal history check and physical required. 


Only qualified applicants should apply, MUST have Firefighter and EMT-B Certifications.  

Starting Salary: $36,603.84

Date Posted: December 30, 2020

Closing Date: Open Until Filled




Police Officer I

Performs responsible protective service work in the protection of life and property through enforcement of laws and ordinances involving an element of danger.  Applicant must be a citizen of the United States, at least 21 years of age and have any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school. Completion of Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) is preferred, but not required.  Hours worked by rotating shifts.  Applicant will be required to complete a background investigation, CVSA examination, physical, drug screening exam and psychological examination.  One year State-required probationary status.    Must have valid NC Driver’s License.  Competitive salary and excellent benefits. Employee will be eligible for paid vacation, sick leave, paid holidays, insurance and other benefits.  

Starting Salary:     $41,589.60

Closing Date:        Open Until Filled 



Public Works Director


Performs difficult professional, technical, and administrative work planning, organizing, and directing a variety of public works activities, including: sanitation; street maintenance and repair; truck/vehicle maintenance; traffic signs and street cleaning.

An employee in this class plans, organizes and directs the work of employees and engages in a wide variety of municipal operations and services.  The employee manages a $2.8 million budget, including Powell Bill allocations. The employee provides technical advice and assistance to the Town Manager and the Board in the improvement of streets and other infrastructure, and ensures that modern, safe, effective and efficient practices are utilized by municipal work crews.  Work also includes contract management, handling citizen issues, and budget and personnel administration of the department.  The employee represents the city to a wide variety of citizens, developers, etc.  Work is performed independently and in coordination with the Town Manager and other city officials.  The employee is subject to working inside and outside environments in extreme weather and in heavy traffic in the streets.  Work is performed under the supervision of the Town Manager and is reviewed by review of reports, conference and acceptance of the community.

Manages and plans the activities of all public work department staff; ensures coordination of activities with other departments; Reports to and advises Town Manager and officials on public works projects and activities; Researches and recommends operational changes to the Town Manager; Performs selection, promoting, training, counseling, and disciplining of department personnel in consultation with Town Manager; meets frequently with subordinate supervisors to solve more complex problems; sets priorities and deadlines, and provides guidance and direction; Makes field inspectors of public works projects to review progress and ensure completion; Engages in considerable personal contact with citizens concerning service requests and complaints; investigates and decides or recommends actions; coordinates projects with other departments; attends Town Council meetings to represent the department; Prepares and reviews departmental operating budget; monitors and approves expenditures; Insures that proper records are maintained of department operations; analyzes trends and work orders for effective decision-making; Supervises changes in regulations to solid waste disposal, recycling, storm water, safety and other related issues; Plans, organizes, and monitors a variety of contracted work; coordinates with engineers and contractors; Performs other duties as assigned.

Must possess the following skills: Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of public work administration, planning and construction; Thorough knowledge of related Town policies, State and Federal laws and regulations; Thorough knowledge of the equipment and materials used in the construction, maintenance and repair of storm water systems, streets and solid waste management; Considerable knowledge of related engineering principles and practices; Considerable knowledge of governmental budgeting, personnel and purchasing practices; General knowledge of the principles and practices laws and regulations relating to supervised functions; Ability to supervise subordinate supervisors including effective communications, motivations, staffing, and coaching; Ability to prepare complex and detailed records and reports; Ability to maintain effective working relationships with Town officials, other public officials, employees, contractors and the general public; Ability to present ideas effectively in oral and written form.

Must be able to perform the physical life functions of climbing, stooping, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, fingering, grasping, talking, hearing and repetitive motions; Must be able to perform light work exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally; up to 10 pounds of force frequently or constantly; Must possess visual acuity to produce and review written reports and records including mathematical calculations, operate a computer terminal, analyze data, and to read maps, schematic drawings and plans.

Required: Graduation from an accredited college or University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public or Business Administration, Civil Engineering or Environmental Engineering or related field, and considerable experience in a responsible management position in the public works or utilities field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Possession of a valid North Carolina Driver’s License. Registration as a professional engineer in North Carolina, or equivalent preferred.

Applicant may be subject to complete a drug screen, criminal history check, physical and driver’s license check.

Salary Range: $ 69,139.20- $107,165.76; Starting Salary DOQ

Date Posted: January 28, 2021

Closing Date: Open Until Filled



Application Process: All qualified applicants are required to complete an employment application form that may be obtained at the Smithfield Town Hall, 350 E. Market Street, Smithfield, or by calling 919-934-2116 or at A resume may also be submitted with the application materials.

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Smithfield, NC 27577
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