Employment Opportunities

Prospective employee,

Thank you for researching our department and being interested enough to explore employment opportunities. If you are a caring paramedic that strives to provide exceptional care with an employee driven department then SCEMS could be the ideal place for you.

The starting salary for a first-year paramedic is $25.87 per hour or approximately, $56,500.08 per year. Starting pay incentives are given for appropriate experience (up to five years in a progressive 911 system) and for having a college degree. Raises include cost of living, opportunity for annual performance increases, educational degree increases, and a career ladder including Paramedic I, II, III, Field Training Officer, and Supervisor. Our department values employee input and understands that engaging employees early in decisions result in employee ownership. As a result, we have more than 20 committees, workgroups and specialized teams consisting of both field staff and administrative staff. These teams range from an Equipment Committee that vet all equipment purchases and determine the optimal deployment of equipment to a peer driven Critical Incident Stress Management Team. We hope that all our employees find a team that resonates with them and that each employee will become part of shaping our department. Our work schedule consists of two 12-hour days, two 12-hour nights and four days off. Sussex County provides excellent employee benefits. These benefits include 15 days of vacation, 15 days of sick leave, and 14 paid holidays per year. Also included is a generous health care plan with additional benefits including prescription coverage, an excellent dental and vision plan, life insurance, and a 25-year retirement program. Tuition assistance for higher education is also available. All uniforms, additional equipment, and continuing education are provided by the department.

Sussex County is primarily an agricultural and recreational area. In addition to the famous Atlantic coast beaches (Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach, etc.), life in Sussex County can be rewarding if you like fishing and boating (deep sea, surf, bays, ponds, rivers, etc.) and the great outdoors. If you enjoy farming and gardening, Sussex County has rich and fertile soil with long growing seasons. Besides recreation, the economy in Sussex County revolves around agriculture and chicken farming. For those that enjoy visiting the larger metropolitan areas Baltimore, Washington DC, and Philadelphia are each a short two-hour drive away.

Except for the immediate beach areas, the cost of living in Sussex County is considered to be low. Housing is affordable and considered to be in the low to moderately priced range. Property taxes are low and there is no sales tax in Delaware.

If you are interested in working in an exclusive ALS 9-1-1 EMS system that is medically aggressive and employee-oriented, then Sussex County EMS could be the place for you. If you would like to take the next step towards starting a rewarding career with us, please submit the following:

• Employment Application and Release Forms

• Copies of your current certifications and National Registry card (front and back)

• A copy of your National Registry test results

• A copy of your Driver’s license

• An official criminal record

• An official driving record

• A letter from your paramedic training center indicating compliance with the DOT National Standard Curriculum (the letter must also indicate year of curriculum and your completion date)

• If you are currently licensed or certified in another State, please include letter from your State EMS office indicating your certification is valid and in good standing

We encourage you to come and visit SCEMS and stay long enough for a ride-along on one of our paramedic units. If you have any questions, or would like to arrange for a visit, please call our Education Coordinator at (302) 854-5050.


Robert Murray, Director


Sussex County EMS

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To request a "ride-along", please contact our Education Coordinator at the telephone number listed above.

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In accordance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it is the policy of Sussex County Emergency Medical Services to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or political or religious affiliations.