Career Opportunities

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We are now accepting applications for the following positions:

Code Inspector II (Full-Time)

Code Inspector II (Part-Time)

  • Inspect commercial properties, industrial, hotel/motel, mercantile, institutional, and other structures and facilities by making on-site inspections for compliance with applicable State, and City codes; and leave detailed written inspections report with the owner/manager or responsible party documenting the results of the inspection.
  • Issue required fire code permit applications.
  • Respond to complaints of violations or alleged unsafe conditions.
  • Complete re-inspections to ensure compliance with previously noted violations.
  • Issue permit for activities involving the handling, storage, use of substances, materials or assembly of any devices regulated by the SFPC, or for any process that produces conditions hazardous to life or property.
  • Coordinate multi-agency inspections and communicate suspected violations of other codes to appropriate agencies.
  • Complete daily activity reports which include places inspected, times of inspections, results of
  • inspections, and total inspections made.
  • Issue a Notice of Violation and/or summons to property owners, managers, responsible parties or corporations for violations of the applicable code and failure to comply within the time allowed by the inspector.
  • Provide testimony in court cases where there are code questions.


Applications for Firefighter & Firefighter Recruit are currently closed! 

Email to be added to the interest list for the next hiring process!


NOTE: All dates are subject to change! The final stage of the hiring process are pre-employment physicals and background checks. Please be sure to complete all activities in your onboarding packet by the deadline to avoid being removed from the hiring process. Finally, please remember that Firefighters perform physically demanding job functions in various challenging and intense environments. We expect all candidates to make physical fitness, conditioning, and overall wellness a priority.

We also recommend bookmarking this page for updates to the schedule for the hiring process. If you would like to withdraw from the process at any time, please be sure to send a notice to

Q: I received a conditional offer. Can I go ahead and get my fingerprints and pre-employment paperwork completed before my physical date?
A: Yes, so long as you have accepted your offer letter and completed your onboarding packet, you can get your fingerprints done and complete your onboarding paperwork with City HR. Please be sure to double-check their hours and to reach out to City HR to set up an appointment.

Q: I've completed all onboarding tasks. When will I receive my final offer?
A: Final offers will vary based on when all tasks are completed and when all background check results are received. Should the result of a background check be delayed, we will send an updated conditional offer that will still allow you to start the academy. Should this occur, all candidates will receive a letter on August 11th. NOTE: This does not apply to your pre-employment physical - we must receive an all-clear status on all candidates or you will not be able to start the academy.

Q: What is the actual first day of the academy?
A: The start date is Thursday, August 25th which will also be your New Member Orientation (NMO).  The first day of the fire academy where you will begin training is Friday,  August 26th. Academy hours for both Firefighter Recruit & Certified Firefighter will be Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm unless otherwise instructed. 

Q: I was placed on an eligibility list, what does this mean?
A: Currently we are waiting on several shifting factors before we are able to move foward. We will communicate any changes/updates as soon as possible, so it is important for you to keep a close eye on your email. 

Q: I applied as a certified candidate. Are you able to check and see if you have all my certifications I submitted with my application?
A: Yes, we can verify that we have received your certifications for Certified Firefighter. You can send an email to the Recruiter at If you have any additional applicable certs, whether you applied as a Certified or Recruit candidate, you can send a copy to

Q: I want to switch from a Recruit applicant to a Certified applicant. What certifications do I need?
A: In order to qualify for Certified Firefighter, we will need the following certifications: Firefighter I & Firefighter II (IFSAC or ProBoard), EMT, EVOC, CPR, Hazmat Ops, and ICS - 100, 200, 700, & 800. If we are missing any of the required certs, you will stay as or be automatically moved to the Recruit process.

Q: What is the next stage of the process?
A: Please bookmark this page to keep up-to-date on the remainder of the hiring process (all dates are subject to change). 

2022 Recruit Firefighter Schedule

June 28 - August 2:        Pre-Employment Physicals & Background Checks
Early/Mid-August:         Final Offers (date depends on results of background checks)
August 25th:                  VBFA9 & VBFA10
September:                    SAFER Grant Results / Eligibility List Update