Hiring Process

NOTICE - For the safety of applicants and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, James City County Fire Department is postponing the upcoming 2020B hiring session. All applicants applying between February 15 and May 15, 2020 will now be scheduled with the 2020C process scheduled in fall, 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please refer to the table below for the revised timeline. Applications remain open year round. You may contact the Recruitment Office for any questions. Thank you.

Session >
2020B2020C2021A2021B
*If you apply between these dates...2/15/2200
5/15/2020
5/16/2020
10/16/2020
10/17/2020
2/12/2021
2/13/2021
5/14/2021
Eligibility Session10/23/2020
10/24/2020
10/23/2020
10/24/2020
2/19/2021
2/20/2021
5/21/2021
5/22/2021
Panel Interviews
(if selected)
11/5/2020
11/6/2020
11/9/2020
11/10/2020
11/5/2020
11/6/2020
11/9/2020
11/10/2020
3/4/2021
3/5/2021
6/3/2021
6/4/2021

Note: If multiple dates are listed, you are only required to attend one for each event; dates may be added or removed based on the number of applicants.

*If an applicant is unable to attend mandatory Eligibility Session, APAT, and Panel Interviews in the current session, he or she may attend in the next session.

Selection

We honor the high level of public trust given to our personnel by conducting a rigorous selection process.

APATSteps

After a preliminary application review and, if selected, you will be contacted by a recruiter to register for the following: 

If you are given a conditional offer of employment, the following post-offer checks are conducted:

  • Background investigation
  • Medical/physical examination
  • Drug screening

Background Investigations

Background investigations are conducted by the Fire Marshal's Office and include:
  • Review of completed questionnaire
  • Polygraph examination
  • Criminal history
  • Sex offender registry check
  • Driving record
  • Credit history
  • Neighborhood survey
  • Character reference check
  • Employment records check

Hiring Pool

Those who satisfactorily complete the background investigation and post-offer checks will be placed in a pool for further consideration. A permanent offer of employment will be made to individuals selected from this pool based on the needs of the department and the number of positions available. This pool of applicants will remain active until one year has passed.

Questions?

If you have any questions about this process please contact the Fire Department Recruitment Coordinator.