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Current Employment Opportunities


Apply for any of our available positions online:

Town of Smithfield Employment Application

Town of Smithfield Law Enforcement Application

(application will need to be downloaded, saved as a unique file, filled out completely, and sent to Human Resources)



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.

Minimum Starting Salary:      $41,910.96/year

Date Posted:                          November 15, 2023

Closing Date:                         December 6, 2023 at 4pm


Electric Lineman


The Town of Smithfield is seeking to fill the position of Electric Lineman, at all levels of experience.  Employees in this position will perform work in the installation, maintenance and repair of electrical lines. Employees are expected to possess a working knowledge of standardized techniques and practices utilized in power line construction, maintenance, and repair.  Work requires frequent on-call and call-back responsibilities.  

Employees are subject to hazards associated with electrical work including working in both inside and outside environments, in hot and cold weather and exposure to various hazards such as working at heights, loud noises, vibration, moving mechanical parts, electrical current, chemicals, fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases, confined spaces, poor ventilation, and oils.  Work is performed under leadership of an Electric Line Crew Leader, overall supervision of the Electrical Distribution Superintendent, and is reviewed in progress and upon completion for conformance to accepted standards.

Employment benefits include paid holidays, paid vacation & sick time, overtime pay, paid medical insurance, paid dental insurance, optional vision insurance, state retirement, 401k Town match, membership at the Town Recreation Center, a medical flexible spending account, an employee assistance program, and more!

Electric Line Technician:                                $23.42/hr. ($48,713.60/yr.)

Journeyman Lineman:                                   $25.51/hr. ($53,060.80/yr.)

Date Posted:                                                  November 8, 2023   

Closing Date:                                                 Open Until Filled




Sanitation Equipment Operator


Performs equipment operation in the collection and disposal of residential garbage, yard waste, recyclable materials, refuse and debris.  Work may involve supervision of a small crew of employees who collect and dispose of refuse and debris. Employee will be subject to hazards of sanitation work including working in an outside environment exposed to extreme cold, heat, noise, atmospheric conditions, chemicals, moving mechanical parts, oils and skin irritants.  Performs minor maintenance and related care of motorized equipment used in daily refuse collection. Requires considerable knowledge of the street system in the Town, knowledge of the operation and maintenance of motorized sanitation equipment, the ability to follow instructions, perform manual labor for extended periods, ability to operate tools and equipment, and ability to work well with others. Some experience in the operation of motorized vehicles and in the collection of trash and refuse; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  Must possess a valid North Carolina Commercial Driver’s License or have shown considerable progress in obtaining such license and must have the ability to obtain within six months of employment. 

The Town provides an excellent benefits package including paid health insurance, 401(k) matching, NC state retirement and membership to the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatic Center.

Starting Salary:           $17.21/hr. ($35,796.80/year)

Closing Date:                         Open Until Filled



Police Officer I


This is a continuous posting; applications are processed and evaluated as they are received.


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:           $49,773.36/year



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, online at, or by emailing A resume may also be submitted with the application materials.


This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.  

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and the U.S. Department of Agriculture {USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from public assistance  program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or  funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program inform at ion (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA's Target Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at {800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at filing cust.html and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.
Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

1. mail:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or

3. email:

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.