The San Marcos Fire Department is dedicated to providing a well-trained, motivated, and diverse team of professionals that delivers excellence in prevention, educational programs, and emergency response services to our community in a safe, responsible, and efficient manner.
The application process is now open for Lateral Entry, Certified and Non-Certified candidates!
Important Hiring Dates
December 30, 2023: Application Open Date
February 16, 2024: Application Close Date
March 1, 2024: Firefighter Written Exam, PAE (Events 1 & 2)
March 2, 2023: Physical Ability Exercise (Event 3)
Link to the Firefighter Application (City of San Marcos HR Job Post)
If you have further questions, please visit the City of San Marcos Human Resources Department website or call 512-393-8066.
Firefighter tests are conducted annually. The eligibility list will be in effect for a period of one year from the test date or until the list has been exhausted, whichever occurs first.
- What is the fire department work & pay schedule?
The San Marcos Fire Department works a 24/48 schedule.
All City of San Marcos employees are paid bi-weekly on Friday.
TO APPLY: The link to apply will be posted on the "Career" tab under the City of San Marcos Human Resources
Other useful documents are located in the Human Resources Department - Civil Service Recruitment section.
- Do you have/host a fire academy?
No, San Marcos does not have a fire academy, however, non-certified applicants may be sent to a fire academy in Austin through ACC if accepted to work for the SMFD.
Please reference TCFP's (Texas Commission on Fire Protection) steps on how to become a certified Texas firefighter.
- Can I pick up an application now? How do I apply?
No, applications are only available on-line during the application period. Firefighter Civil Service Exams are posted on the City of San Marcos' "Careers" page and the SMFD Employment Opportunities page.
Testing determines an eligibility list which will be in effect for a period of one year from the test date or until the list has been exhausted, whichever occurs first. Please apply at www.sanmarcostx.gov/jobs. Questions? Contact our Human Resource Department, Ph: 512.393.8066.
- Do you take applications throughout the year?
No. Applications are only accepted when a test date is established. The eligibility list will be in effect for a period of one year from test date or until the list has been exhausted, whichever occurs first. Questions? Please contact our Human Resources Department at 512-393-8060.
- Where can I obtain study material for the civil service test?
A study guide is available for purchase from our test provider, IPMA-HR.
- Can I transfer my state fire certification from another state to Texas?
The Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) is the certifying agency in Texas, and they will help you determine what steps need to be taken to become a certified Firefighter in Texas. For more information visit the TCFP website.