Firefighter/Paramedic Cadet: St. Paul Minnesota Deadline: December 4, 2017

Firefighter/ Paramedic Cadet

Deadline: December 4, 2017

Salary: $30,326.40 – $40,310.40 Annually

Job Description:


Performs entry level technical civilian work providing basic life support for non-emergency medical transportation services throughout the City. Maintains ethical and legal standards. Works as part of the Saint Paul Fire Department Basic Life Support (BLS) Unit and will only respond to 9-1-1 emergency calls if requested by SPFD Advanced Life Support (ALS) personnel. This position will train for future Firefighter opportunities and will participate in Firefighter training and practical skill sessions, but will not engage in Firefighter duties. Performs other related duties and responsibilities as required.

Essential Functions are the functions that the individual holding the position must be able to perform unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation. The Essential Functions for this position are identified in the Supplemental Information section of the Fire Medic Cadet Job Description.

Racial Equity Strategy:
The City of Saint Paul has established a Racial Equity Strategy with goals of ending racial disparity in the City as an organization, achieving racial equity in city services and engagement, and eliminating race-based disparities in our community. This citywide effort is designed to ensure that race, in part, does not predetermine opportunities in education, employment, housing, health and safety. Learn more about the City of Saint Paul and the Mayor’s Racial Equity Strategy.


  • Must be at least eighteen years of age.
  • Must possess and maintain a current State of Minnesota Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification.
  • Must be enrolled in a Paramedic Certification program to apply, and must obtain Paramedic Certification within two years of appointment, or must possess and maintain a current State of Minnesota Paramedic Certification. Status as an enrolled student must be maintained throughout employment. Upon successful completion of the paramedic program and in possession of a State of Minnesota Paramedic certification card, Firefighter I and Firefighter II certifications and other fire science or emergency medical services courses will be required; time restrictions will be considered on a case by case basis. 
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Minnesota Class D driver’s license, or equivalent out of state driver’s license. The driver’s license must have no suspensions or revocations for driving related offenses during the two year period prior to the date of appointment. Suspensions for parking-related offenses are excluded.

The Fire Medic Cadet is a transition position into the Firefighter classification for the City of Saint Paul. A Fire Medic Cadet must qualify and be appointed as a Firefighter no later than the anniversary date of four years of service in this classification. If at any point it is determined by the Fire Department that a Fire Medic Cadet does not meet the educational, physical, or other qualifications of this position or Firefighter, the Fire Medic Cadet may be separated from the position. If no examination is held for Firefighter during those four years, appointment as Fire Medic Cadet may be extended until such time an examination is held and completed. If the Fire Medic Cadet does not pass a promotional Firefighter examination, the appointment may be ended at the discretion of the Fire Chief. 

Candidates may apply, participate in the testing process, and be placed on the eligible list with a Nationally Registered EMT or Paramedic certification, however, candidates will not be eligible to participate in an interview unless the State of Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board (EMSRB) verifies the candidate has a current State of MinnesotaEMT-Basic, or higher, certification. Candidates are responsible to ensure their status with the MN EMSRB is up to date an accurate. Please call the EMSRB at 651-201-2800 if you have questions regarding your status.By Closing Date, you MUST

  1. Submit a City of Saint Paul online application, including answers to the Supplemental Questionnaire.
  2. Upload or submit the following required document(s) via the online application system, mail, in person, email, or fax. (Zip files and web links will not be accepted. Each uploaded attachment is limited to 10MB.)
  • A legible copy of your State of Minnesota or National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or Paramedic certification; AND
  • A legible copy of your transcript showing enrollment in a Fall 2017, Winter 2018, or Spring 2018 Paramedic program, paramedic prerequisite classes, or Fire and EMS related classes from an accredited college or university;
  • A resume (optional)

Selection Process Information

Fire Medic Cadets provide basic life support for non-emergency medical transportation services throughout the City of Saint Paul. New employees will be joining a team that is dedicated to providing compassionate, prompt, state of-the-art services to ensure the safety and well-being of the community. This position will train for future Firefighter opportunities in the Saint Paul Fire Department and participate in physical fitness training and testing while continuing their education in a Fire or Emergency Medical Services field.
Candidates must be able to lift and place patients ranging from newborns up to adults weighing over 200 lbs. onto stretchers and into ambulances, maneuver patients and equipment around obstacles, and work under adverse conditions with assistance.
The ideal candidate will be a leader, able to use his or her interpersonal influence to show initiative, inspire, motivate, and mentor others; be respectful, supportive, flexible, dependable, punctual, and accountable in everyday work and interactions; possess excellent problem solving skills, strong communication skills, and demonstrate a high level of customer service. The successful candidate will demonstrate honesty, integrity, positive and consistent behavior, exercise good judgment and decision making, and support the safety of one another in a team.
Additional skills or education that are desirable to the City of Saint Paul include fluency in a second language prevalent in Saint Paul; experience working in diverse communities; a historical, cultural, and social connection to Saint Paul and it’s neighborhoods; familiarity with Saint Paul streets, local hospitals and patient care facilities; experience working in scheduled basic life support transportation services; and working towards an Associate’s degree in Fire or Emergency Medical Services.

Assessment:  Qualifications Rating

The Qualifications Rating is an assessment of your completed application, answers to the Supplemental Questionnaire, and your resume (if included). Be as specific and detailed as possible in completing your application and any attachments. You must submit your completed application, supplemental questionnaire and any attachments by the application deadline.


Open Job Posting: This posting is open to anyone who meets the position requirements.

Eligible Lists: Eligible lists typically are created from a pass/fail exam. Those who pass the exam will be placed on an eligible list for approximately one year. Hiring Managers may interview/hire anyone from the list.

Final Selection Process:  A Hiring Manager will consider applicants placed on the list of eligible candidates. You will be notified if you are invited to participate in the final selection process which may include an interview, job simulation, work sample submission, or other evaluation method.

Condition of Employment: This position may require a medical examination, psychological exam, driver’s license check, credit check, drug test, and/or a background check which may include criminal history, employment history and proof of education as a condition of employment. The City of Saint Paul encourages individuals to apply for positions regardless of criminal history.

Human Resources Contact Information:  
Liz Staberg at 651-266-6534
200 City Hall Annex
25 West Fourth Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Fax: 651-266-6490
To refer back to this information, we recommend you print this job posting before you apply. For technical assistance regarding the online application, please call 1-855-524-5627 during regular business hours.
Veteran’s Preference: If you are a veteran and would like to receive Veteran’s preference in accordance with MN Statute 197.455, you must submit a photocopy of your DD214 preferably at time of application. Click here for More Information.

The City of Saint Paul is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Veterans, women, persons of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. 

How to Apply: The full job description and application can be found HERE.

City’s Website Click HERE


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