Public Safety Employment Opportunities

The Town of Duck Police Department and Fire Department are both looking to expand their team!

Police Officer

It’s a new year, is it time for a new job?  The Town of Duck Police Department is seeking an experienced law enforcement officer to join our team.

If you talk to our officers, you’ll quickly realize Duck does things differently.  Each of our officers came to us from other agencies and with them came their experience, training, and a desire to work in a community that supports its police officers.  Duck offers a positive and inclusive team-centered work environment where mutual respect is the norm and out of the box thinking is encouraged.  Crime reduction requires problem solving, and in Duck we strive to find long lasting community-based solutions to unique and challenging problems. 

From the Chief down, the command staff views Duck’s officers as the department’s greatest asset.  Not only will we have your back, but we will also work tirelessly to ensure you receive the best training and equipment available.   We value a healthy life/work balance, so when you are working, we expect you to give 100% to Duck’s residents and visitors, but when you are off, we expect you to spend your time doing what you enjoy most.  For those not familiar with us, we are located on the northern Outer Banks.  The Atlantic Ocean and beautiful beaches are at our doorstep and relaxed OBX living  awaits you.   We offer a competitive salary and benefits package and a progressive career development plan.    Starting salary will be based on experience and qualifications.  Salary range is $46,989 – $69,364. 

The ideal candidate has 3+ years of experience, holds North Carolina General Law Enforcement Certification and has earned, or is eligible to receive, their intermediate law enforcement professional certificate.  Current out-of-state law enforcement officers eligible for a lateral transfer are encouraged to apply.  Only positive, self-motivated and career minded officers need apply.    

Our team works 12-hour shifts on a rotation that ensures you have a three-day weekend every other week.  We offer assigned take home vehicles to officers residing within 30 road miles from the Town line.    

If you want to see what Duck has to offer, you are encouraged to contact any member of our team or you are also welcome to come visit us and do a ride along.   Once you have made the decision to apply you can request an employment packet by calling the Town of Duck offices at (252) 255-1234, or you can download a packet now by clicking here. Position open until filled.  EO/AA.

Firefighter/ EMT or Master Firefighter/ EMT

The Town of Duck is seeking to fill the position of Firefighter/EMT or Master Firefighter/EMT and seeking a qualified and energetic individual to join our dedicated staff, who is committed to maintaining high professional standards in support of the Town’s core values of Service, Ownership, Accountability, and Respect (SOAR). Those individuals meeting minimum requirements and selected for the process will be scheduled for a skills evaluation and an interview. 

An employee in this class is responsible for performing all functions and services of firefighting and emergency medical rescue. Work also involves assisting in daily operations, equipment, and station maintenance; assist with storm/disaster events; attend and participate in trainings; assist with pre-incident planning and fire safety inspections; ensure all vehicles and equipment are maintained; the performance of public relations activities; as well as other activities as requested. Employee work schedule is a 24/48 shift to include holidays and weekends.

Minimum Education
Graduation from high school or GED equivalency, required.

Minimum one to three years of experience in fire science, fire tactics, emergency response, or public safety work preferred.

Special Requirements

  • North Carolina Class B driver’s license required within 6 months of employment.
  • NC certification as Level II Firefighter, required. Will accept out of state certifications if NC reciprocity is obtained within 6 months. 
  • NC certification as Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-Basic), required. Will accept out of state certification if reciprocity is obtained within 6 months.
  • Ability to complete Fire Department-approved Driver Operator Program.

Storm Duties
This position is classified as essential personnel and must maintain duty assignment in adverse conditions.

The salary hiring range is $44,751-$46,989 for Firefighter/EMT or $46,989 – $49,338 for Master Firefighter/EMT, determined by experience and certifications, with excellent benefits.

Submit a letter of intent, Town employment application, resume, and copies of certifications to Donna Black, Fire Chief at Town of Duck, PO Box 8369, Duck NC 27949.  Town employment applications are available at the Town of Duck Administrative Offices, 1200 Duck Road, on the Town’s web site at, or by calling (252) 255-1234.  Applications accepted through January 25, 2023 at 5:00 pm. Expected dates of skills evaluation and interview is the week of February 6, 2023.

Download the fillable Duck Employment Application.

The Town of Duck is an Equal Opportunity Employer.