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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Fire Department 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 Department Police Officer Job Summary
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.