Requirements for Entry Level Civil Service Positions
All individuals interested in becoming a Police Officer or Firefighter with the City of Watauga must register and take entrance examinations (which are conducted as needed). Applicants are hired from a certified eligibility list created as the result of an open, competitive written examination based on general knowledge, aptitude and mental ability. In order to be considered for appointment/hiring, all applicants must successfully pass the entrance examination with a minimum score of 70 percent. Appointment/hiring is based on the number of vacancies and position/number on the eligibility list.
Other steps in the hiring process include, but are not limited to:
Comprehensive background screening
Physical ability assessment
Medical examination / drug screening
Oral review board
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Firefighter/Paramedic Job Summary
Firefighter/Paramedics work 24-hour shifts under general direction of the fire lieutenant. This is a highly responsible professional position that responds to fire alarms and emergency medical calls.
Police Officers work under general direction of the patrol sergeant. This is a highly responsible professional position that performs a combination of duties in the areas of law enforcement. Patrol officers work 12-hour shifts on a reoccurring four-day cycle.