Employment FAQs

Can I send a resume instead of an application?

No -  you are required to submit a Department employment application for all positions. You may attach a resume and/or cover letter to your application only if the position requires it.

For Safety positions, the initial application process will be through National Testing Network (NTN).  You will be required to complete a Department employment application if you are selected to move forward in the recruitment process.

Do I have to be a United States citizen to apply?

Individuals hired must present acceptable proof of identity and the legal right to work in the United States, and the authenticity of the documents must be verified before starting work. 

You must be a United States citizen to qualify and apply for a Safety position.

Do you offer preference points to veterans?

For safety positions, veterans may be eligible for preference points. In order to be eligible, the applicant must provide a copy of their military discharge form (Form DD214).

How can I prepare for the test and are there any study guides?

You can usually find study guides, materials, and practice tests at your local library. 

For the firefighter written examination, you can complete practice tests through Ergometrics for a fee. 

How do I apply for a job with County Fire?


Specific instructions will be stated on the job announcement. Read and follow the instructions carefully.  Incomplete submissions will be disqualified.  Please be sure to submit the completed and signed employment application and include required document(s) by the filing deadline.  You may drop off your application in person to our Administrative Headquarters at 14700 Winchester Boulevard, Los Gatos, CA 95032, or email it to recruitment@sccfd.org.  Faxed or late applications will not be accepted.

The employment application can be downloaded here.

How do I know if I am qualified for this job?


The minimum requirements are listed in the job announcement as well as job specification posted on our website.  Your application will be reviewed carefully, along with any other materials required on the job announcement.  If you do not sign your application, meet the requirements or if the required information/documentation is not provided, your application will be disqualified.

For miscellaneous positions, possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee further advancement in the selection process.  Depending upon the number of applicants, only the “best qualified” applicants may be selected to advance in the selection process.

How long will my name be on the eligibility list?

Per our Personnel Rules & Regulations, an eligibility list is good for up to 18 months.  During the 18-month period, should a vacancy become available, depending on your ranking on the eligibility list, you may be invited to come in for a final interview with the division chief/manager.

How will I know whether I am being considered for the job?

The Department will notify applicants by mail and/or email.

You must keep Personnel Services apprised of any changes to your contact information to ensure notifications will be received by you.

I am preparing for my oral board interview. Can I visit a station or schedule a ride along?

You may visit any of our 15 stations and learn about the Department. Ride-alongs are not allowed at this time.

What are the age limits for employment?

Applicants for all positions must be at least 21 years of age. 

For Safety positions, the candidate must be between the age of 21 and 35 years old at the time of hire.  The maximum hiring age does not apply if the applicant has held a permanent position providing fire suppression services for a minimum of five full years within the last ten years immediately preceding the individual’s application to the Department.

What benefits does County Fire offer?

Employee benefits include holidays, vacation accrual, sick leave accrual, personal leave, medical, and deferred compensation among other benefits.  For further information, click here to access the benefits summary page.

What if I need special testing accommodations?

Applicants with disabilities who require testing accommodations may contact Personnel Services at (408) 378-4010.  Applicants will be required to present proof of disability as it pertains to the testing process.  Applicants are encouraged to make arrangements as soon as possible so that appropriate accommodations can be made.

What is your screening process?

After review of all submitted applications, qualified applicants will be invited to move on to the next phase of the process.  For most positions, there will be a written examination.