Fire Cadet Hiring Process

Do you have a passionate interest to professionally serve the community in a career with competitive pay and benefits?

If you’re interested in this opportunity, please continue reading in order to learn about the Travis County ESD No. 2 hiring process.  


The hiring process consists of three phases: 

  1. The first phase consists of completing the District’s cadet application.

  2. The second phase begins with the written exam.

  3. The third phase begins with a panel interview and pre-hire assessments.   


Further details on each of the items within these phases is outlined below. Questions should be directed to the Human Resources Section.

The District's Fire Cadet Academy consists of instruction and competent cadet completion in firefighting tactics, emergency medical training, physical fitness, and safe practices.  Specific information and practices of Travis County ESD 2 will also be taught .  The ideal candidate is an individual who is highly interested in serving the community as a firefighter/EMT who has not completed the State of Texas required training and certification.

If accepted into the academy, the anticipated start date will be January 17, 2022.  After successfully completing the academy, Cadets will be eligible for probationary regular full-time employment.  

Success completion includes:

  • Obtain the Basic Structural Firefighter Certification from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection and the EMT-Basic certification from the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.
  • Successful completion of the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)  and meet the requirements set forth in NFPA 1582, Standard on Medical Requirements for Firefighters.
  • Satisfactory periodic evaluations that meet the District performance requirements.

Fire Cadets undergo approximately six months of extensive academic and physical training, usually Monday - Friday 7 am -4 pm.

Cadets will receive full benefits and training pay is $17.58/hour.   Upon successful completion of the cadet academy and hiring as a Probationary Firefighter, compensation will be approximately $52,500/annually.


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The following are the minimum requirements for a Fire Cadet.  Applicant must meet all requirement at the time of application:

  • AGE: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age
  • EDUCATION: Must possess a U.S. high school diploma or equivalent, or G.E.D. or equivalent from a U.S. institution
  • CITIZENSHIP: U.S. (birth or naturalized). If you are not a United States' citizen, your immigration status must be current (green card, work visa, etc.) and must permit you to work legally in the United States of America.   Travis County ESD No. 2 does not sponsor work visas or green cards.  Applicants must have a valid Social Security card.
  • LANGUAGE: Must be able to read, write, and speak English.
  • DRIVER LICENSE: Must possess a current valid driver license issued from your state of residence.  Once hired, Firefighters are required to obtain and maintain a Texas Class "B", in accordance with District procedures, as a condition of employment.
  • SOCIAL SECURITY: Must have a valid Social Security card.
  • MEDICAL: Cleared by a Pre-NFPA Physical.
  • ELIGIBLE FOR FUTURE CERTIFICATIONS: Meet all legal requirements necessary to become certified by:

If you have any questions about your ability to become certified, please contact the appropriate agency above directly.

Required documents must be uploaded at the time you submit your online application. 

  • Copy of your valid Driver’s License
  • High School Diploma or G.E.D. certificate
  • College Degree or transcript(s) (If Applicable)

Applications for the District's  Fire Cadet job closes on December 1, 2021.

A general aptitude test designed to test your abilities in areas including, but not limited to, reading comprehension, math, and listening comprehension. No prior knowledge about the fire service required.

Qualified applicants will receive an e-mail invitation with the assigned exam date, time and location.  All applicants must attend and pass the written exam to be eligible to move forward in the hiring process.

Test Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021 @ 8:00 a.m.

Location: Pflugerville High School Cafeteria, 1301 W Pecan Street, Pflugerville, Texas 78660

Must Bring: Valid government- issued photo identification document

The written exams will take up to two hours.  You must be in line, at the testing site, by the time/date of your scheduled exam in order to participate.  Doors Will Lock Promptly On The Hour.

Questions? Contact [email protected]

This should be treated as a professional job interview.  Applicants will be invited to assigned date, time, and location to attend their panel interview.  During the interview, applicants are invited into a room where they will be asked structured questions asked by a panel of District officers and/or chiefs.  Each question will be allocated a limited time for the applicant to make his/her response.  Applicant responses will be scored by panel after the interview has concluded.

The offer of employment is contingent and requires the successful completion of the required Pass/Fail pre-hire assessments (otherwise candidates will be disqualified).

Final consideration for acceptance into the Fire Cadet Academy will include:

  • Criminal Background Check (findings may or may not disqualify a candidate depending on the offense, date of the incident, and severity.  It is recommended to include a detailed explanation of entries on a criminal history).
  • Driving Record Check (findings may or may not disqualify a candidate depending on the offense, date of the incident, and severity.  It is recommended to include a detailed explanation of entries on a driving record).
  • Medical Documentation

Disqualification criteria may include, but not limited to:

  • Evidence of alcohol and drug abuse;
  • Criminal arrests and convictions; and/or
  • Certain tattoos and Tunnels (large diameter ear piercings) in accordance with District policy.

Hooray... you've made it!   You will now have the opportunity to serve your community as a firefighter/EMT and will begin the District's Fire Cadet Academy with the rest of your cadet class.  You will be notified and expected to report for training and complete additional pre-employment tasks.


Anticipated Start Date: January 17, 2022