Employment Opportunities

Our Department's 3 divisions offer unique opportunities for individuals seeking to work in a fast-paced, challenging environment. Our department utilizes state of the art equipment and vehicles and is a leader in regional public safety services. We're located along Interstate 85 in the Piedmont section of North Carolina. The county of 136,000 is located about 40 miles north of Charlotte, 20 minutes from the Charlotte Motor Speedway, site of major NASCAR racing, and about 35 miles southwest of Winston-Salem, 40 miles southwest of Greensboro.


All potential employees must submit an application available on the Rowan County Human Resources page. Applicants selected for interview process will have their references and driving records checked. If an offer of employment is made, further physical examination and substance abuse testing will be performed.

View Current Employment Opportunities

If you have questions regarding potential employment, you may telephone our office at 704-216-8900 during normal business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and ask to speak with a Division Chief or Chief of the Department.

Open Application Process

The Division maintains an open application process, periodically holding several employment assessment centers throughout the year for both full- and part-time positions. Successful candidates completing the assessment process has their application placed on file for current and future openings. Applications for this division should be submitted directly to Rowan County Human Resources Department for consideration and review.

EMS Division

Our EMS Division, the largest of 3 in the department, is a paramedic level ALS provider. The county-operated service utilizes a single-tier ALS system augmented by medical responders through our local fire departments. 8 ambulances operate from seven stations throughout the county.  An 8th station is currently under construction in the eastern Rowan county town of Rockwell.

Full-time candidates are selected from those applicants with current paramedic credentials or those paramedic students enrolled in a paramedic program and scheduled to graduate. For part-time candidates, applications are selected and considered from EMT, EMT-I and EMT-P credentialed individuals. 1st consideration is given to those with paramedic certification or those who are pursuing that level of certification, followed by EMT-I and then EMT.  All applications are graded based on objective factors and sorted, then ordered based on factors related to certification.

Division field personnel work a 24.25 hour on and 47.75 hour off (24/48) fluctuating work week schedule.  We began transitioning to a 12 Hour schedule in November 2016. 

Fire Division

Our Fire Division has responsibility to coordinate the County’s fire and rescue services, and to provide fire investigation, inspections, and hazardous permitting services and assistance in most areas of the county.  Fire prevention and preparedness information/training is also provided to citizens and businesses by division staff. Applications for this division are taken only on an as needed basis, and vacancies are posted by Rowan County Human Resources Department.

Emergency Management Division

Our Emergency Management Division provides preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery planning activities for the entire county including the municipalities. Encouraging multi-agency and jurisdictional functions, the Division also acts as the central coordination and distribution point for Homeland Security planning and related activities as well.  Applications for this division are taken only on an as needed basis, and vacancies are posted by our Rowan County Human Resources Department.