Goverment Jobs
January 2, 2019
Smithfield, North Carolina
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The EMS Division of Johnston County Emergency Services has Paramedic positions available. A background screening will be completed to include driving record, criminal record, and state certification status. **Please note hourly rate does not include overtime.**

Duties and Responsibilities

Works proficiently at the paramedic level while working independently or with co-workers, hospital staff, and a large number of volunteer emergency medical units and fire departments throughout the County. Performs daily and monthly check-off logs and records of medical supplies, equipment, vehicle which includes wash and wax as needed, station cleaning in accordance with set procedures, and identify deficiencies and take appropriate action. Complete station requisition orders for medications and medical supplies. Communicate and maintain a positive relationship with other co-workers, public, EMS squads, fire departments, other emergency service agencies and hospital staff. Familiar with the function of emergency medical equipment, and medical supplies. Works effectively under stress, make quick and appropriate decisions, and provide proper written documentation. Performs technical specialized work under the direction and supervision of the EMS Division Chief and/or supervisor through the command structure to provide basic and advanced life support care in response to calls for emergency medical care, fires, crime scenes, riots, natural disasters and accidents as well as while en route to the hospital or other destination. Ability to work a rotating shift, travel to and from assigned stations to meet the needs of the EMS operations. Practice infection control procedures to safeguard the health and welfare of self and others. Compile statistical data that reflects EMS activity. Perform daily clerical tasks relevant to the delivery of EMS as assigned. Retrieve and deliver interdepartmental communications as directed. Report errors in protocols, policy/procedures and standard operating guidelines. Follow up on patient care delivered by self and others as directed by EMS Division Chief. Confer with the EMS Division Chief through the command structure. Maintain and ensure patient and department confidentiality. Maintain and ensure confidentiality in regard to personnel matters. Review medical protocols on a regular basis to ensure competency. Identify potential victims of assault/abuse and make prompt notification to the appropriate investigative authority. Complete all necessary paper work on all calls in appropriate time.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledgeable of Johnston County EMS system, geographical area of the County, subdivisions and other key locations. Maintains knowledge in current departmental policies, county policies, and N.C OEMS regulations. Knowledge of emergency health care procedures and ability to evaluate the patient's conditions and properly render the appropriate treatment set forth in the patient care protocols, with or without physicians' direction. Skilled in the operations of an emergency vehicle, using knowledge and skills in driving to avoid hazards or to keep from becoming a hazard. Ability to pass and maintain training in specialized courses pertinent to Emergency Medical Services. Thorough knowledge of laws, rules, regulations, techniques and practices involved in the operation of emergency medical services. Thorough knowledge of emergency medical theories, principles and practices. Analytical skill required for emergency medical services. Ability to plan and organize treatment in emergency situations. Ability to develop and maintain effective work relationships with co-workers, EMS volunteers, hospital and medical community professionals, the public, and other emergency agencies. Ability to exercise sound judgment and make effective patient decision and accurate paramedic medical diagnosis and treatment decisions. Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written forms.

Desired Education and Experience

Three years of active EMS experience in emergency response situations. Successfully complete specialized training programs as deemed appropriate by the EMS Division Chief. Become and maintain EMS preceptor status for Johnston County and provide peer instruction and supervision to other employees, students and observers when appropriate. Approved and maintains all requirements to function as a North Carolina paramedic which are set by the State office of EMS.

Special Requirements Include:

Certification from the State of North Carolina as an Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic level. Current certifications in CPR, ACLS, PALS/PEPP and BTLS-A/PHTLS. Certified at paramedic level for at least one year or approved at paramedic level. Possession of a valid North Carolina driver's license.

Group Health Insurance

Johnston County provides full time and part time permanent employees working 20 plus hours per week with Health Insurance coverage with Aetna. Premiums will be pro-rated based on the number of hours worked. Aetna offers a Core Plan and Plus Plan with in-network and out-of-network benefits. The monthly premiums are as follows:

Core Plan

  • Full time employee coverage for the Core Plan is paid at 100% by the County.

  • Employee plus 1 child, $215

  • Employee plus 2+ children, $425

  • Employee plus spouse, $510

  • Employee plus family coverage, $570

Plus Plan

Employees can elect to upgrade to the Plus Plan which also offers in-network and out-of-network benefits with lower deductibles and co-payments than the Core Plan.

  • Employee coverage for the Plus Plan is $70 per month.

  • Employee plus one child, $305

  • Employee plus 2+ children, $540

  • Employee plus spouse, $640

  • Employee plus family coverage, $740

Health insurance becomes effective for employees the first day of the month following the 30th day of employment.

Group Dental Insurance

Johnston County provides full time and part time permanent employees working 20 plus hours per week the option to purchase Dental Insurance from MetLife. Two options are available to employees.

The first option, called the Low Plan, allows you to have dental services performed by a dentist of your choosing. Services performed under this plan are paid in accordance with usual, customary and reasonable rates at lower percentages than on the High Plan. The monthly premiums for this plan are as follows:

  • Employee only $31.25

  • Employee plus spouse $55.85

  • Employee plus 1 child $55.85

  • Employee plus 2+ children $75.01

  • Family $87.12

The second option, or High Plan, also allows that your dental services be performed by a dentist of your choosing. Services performed under this plan are paid in accordance with usual, customary and reasonable rates at higher percentages than on the Low Plan. The monthly premiums are as follows:

  • Employee only $45.53

  • Employee plus 1 child $88.53

  • Employee plus spouse $88.53

  • Employee plus 2+ children $126.41

  • Family $155.95

Dental Insurance becomes effective for employees the first day of the month following the 30th day of employment.

Group Life Insurance

Johnston County provides term Life Insurance through Reliance Standard Life for full time and part time permanent employees working 20 or more hours per week. Life insurance is paid for you by Johnston County and pays your beneficiary one time your annual salary not to exceed $200,000 in the event of your death. Accidental death and dismemberment coverage is also provided. You can purchase optional dependent coverage at a rate of $0.70 cents per month for coverage on an unlimited eligible number of dependents. Optional dependent coverage provides $2,500 to you in the event of the death of a spouse or child 6 months to age 19 or age 25 if a full time student. Life Insurance becomes effective the first day of the month following 30 days of employment. Voluntary supplemental term life insurance coverage for you, your spouse or your dependent children is also available through Reliance Standard Life - please see the Human Resources Department for more details.

Short Term Disability Insurance

Johnston County provides active full time permanent employees working 30 plus hours per week the option to purchase Short Term Disability Insurance through UNUM. Short Term Disability Insurance covers 60% of employee's weekly salary with a maximum of $600 per week in the event of a non-work related injury or illness for up to 52 weeks. Benefit begins after 30 days. If elected during initial enrollment, pre-existing conditions are waived. If you choose to enroll at a time other than initial enrollment, then you must complete an Evidence of Insurability in which pre-existing conditions are no longer excluded. Short Term Disability is available at a monthly cost of $0.79 per $10.00 of weekly benefit.

125 Flexible Benefit Plan

Pre-tax deductions for Medical, Dental and Dependent Care costs. Employees are eligible to participate in Dependent Day Care and Health/Dental Reimbursement accounts effective the first day of the month following the 30th day of employment.

401(k) and 457(b)

Johnston County provides full time and part time permanent employees working 20 plus hours per week with a 401(k) Supplemental Retirement Income Plan through Prudential Retirement Services. The county will match up to 5% of the employee's annual salary to the 401(k), following a one-year waiting period for non-sworn employees hired on July 1, 2007 or later. Vesting is immediate. Employees can make monthly voluntary pre-tax and/or after-tax contributions to the 401(k) immediately upon hire with no waiting period.

In addition, Johnston County provides full time and part time permanent employees working 20 plus hours per week with a voluntary 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan through Prudential Retirement Services. With this plan, you can defer part of your income for retirement by contributing pre-tax and/or after-tax dollars.

The maximum annual contribution for both plans is $18,500 ($24,500 with age 50 or older) for calendar year 2017. Both plans offer a choice of investment options ranging from conservative to aggressive, loan provisions and unmatched personal service.

NC Local Governmental Employee's Retirement System

As a local government employee, you are required to participate in the North Carolina State Government Retirement System which acts much like a 401(k). You will be automatically enrolled at date of hire and will contribute a mandatory pre-tax 6% of your monthly income into the plan. The employer shares in the cost of retirement benefits. The benefits received at retirement are based on your salary, age and years of service. You are vested after 5 years of creditable service.

The Retirement System also includes a Life Insurance Plan or Death Benefit which is paid by the county. Your named beneficiary receives a single lump sum payment equal to highest 12 months salary in a row during 24 months prior to death and can be no less than $25,000 but no more than $50,000. Your named beneficiary is only eligible for the Death Benefit if you completed one year of employment and were a contributing member to the system for one year.


The policy of the county is to follow the holiday schedule as published by the State of North Carolina each year. The following holidays are observed: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day and the day after and three (3) days at Christmas.


Each full and part-time permanent employee of the County shall earn vacation at the following schedule, prorated by the regular number of hours in the workweek:

Year of Service:

Days Accrued Per Year: 0 - 4

12 5 - 9

15 10- 14

18 15 plus


Service with other governmental units under the NC Retirement Systems may be applied only if the service is continuous from the immediately preceding unit of government. Employees shall be allowed to take accumulated vacation leave after six (6) months of service. Vacation leave may be accumulated without any applicable maximum until December 31 of each year. Effective the last payroll in the calendar year, any employee with more than 30 days of accumulated leave shall have the excess accumulation transferred to sick leave so that only 30 days are carried forward to January 1 of the next calendar year.

Sick Leave

Sick leave shall accrue at a rate of one day per month of service or twelve days per year. Sick leave for full and part-time permanent employees working other than the basic work schedule shall be prorated by the regular number of hours in the workweek. Sick leave will be cumulative for an indefinite period of time and may be converted upon retirement for service credit. New employees with continuous employment from another unit of government under the NC Retirement System may transfer sick leave after successfully completing their probationary period.

Tuition Assistance Program

Full-time permanent employees who have completed initial probation may apply for tuition reimbursement for courses taken on their own time, which will improve their skills for their current job or prepare them for promotional opportunities within the County service. Tuition, registration, and fees are eligible expenses. Employees may be reimbursed up to $500 per fiscal year upon satisfactory course completion. Requests must be approved and are subject to availability of funds.


Mileage reimbursement, membership in the State Employee's Credit Union, and various sick & accident insurance policies through Colonial and American Family Life are also available.

Are you a North Carolina certified Paramedic?

  • Yes
  • No
Regarding the previous question, how many years of experience do you have?

  • 0 years
  • 1 - 3 years
  • 3 - 5 years
  • 6 + years
Do you have a valid North Carolina Driver's License?

  • Yes
  • No
Can you provide a current copy of your driving record and criminal background information if called for an interview?

  • Yes
  • No
Please list all your relative certifications.

    Are your certifications current?

    • Yes
    • No
    Are you able to meet all physical requirements for this position?

    • Yes
    • No
    Are you willing or able to be relocated or assigned to any station within the Johnston County EMS System to accommodate the operational needs of the agency?

    • Yes
    • No
    Have you ever had any suspensions regarding your state certification?

    • Yes
    • No
    If you answered yes to the previous question, please explain.

      Are you able to work on shifts as required?

      • Yes
      • No
      Are you able and willing to work nights, weekends and holidays if necessary?

      • Yes
      • No

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