Hiring Process

Application Process

Before we can hire you, your entire application must be complete. This includes copies of the front and back of all your cards/certificates, a copy of your drivers abstract (available at the NJ State Motor Vehicle site), a copy of your high school or college diploma, verifiable references, at least one letter of recommendation, preferably from an EMS employer or volunteer agency. We prefer that you come prepared with all documentation/ paperwork on your first visit because you cannot move to the next step until all the documentation is received. Applicants will also be asked to authorize a driver’s abstract and criminal background check. Please include your EMT / Paramedic Training site & any EMS experience, including volunteer, on your application.

Testing and Interviewing Process


All applicants go through a testing and interview process. We do not ordinarily interview applicants on an ad hoc basis. Instead we set up Testing/Interview days during which we test and interview as many applicants as possible under the supervision of one or more of our hiring committee team members. You should expect to spend at least 2-3 hours with us on the interview day. You will take a written exam based on National Standards and the New Jersey State EMT/Paramedic curriculum. EMT applicants also take a practical skills exam, including Hare Traction, KED, Backboard, and CPR / AED. Applicants must attain a minimum score on the written and practical exams to be considered, so you might want to dust off your textbook for a quick review. After completing the examination process, you will have an interview with two members of our team. Don’t be nervous! Remember, we want you. You will be asked some general questions about your background, your future plans, outlook and approach to EMS, and why you want to work with us. We will also go over 2 or 3 real-world scenarios to get a feel for your clinical approach. Applicants who complete the interview process will proceed to the next step.

Employee Health Screening

Employee Health Services must clear all applicants prior to employment. This requires as many as three visits. On the first visit you will have a PPD TB test, and drug & alcohol screening. On the second visit the PPD test will be read, they will perform a second PPD test, and draw blood for lab work. On the final visit our physician and/or nurse practitioner will perform a physical evaluation. You can shorten this process if you already have lab work/test results from another institution. Bring copies of all pertinent documentation with you, including proof of inoculations or immune titers for Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Varicella, as well PPD results, positive or negative, CBC, Chem 7, UA, etc. Tests must have been performed within the past 6 months. Once cleared by Employee Health you will proceed to the next step.


At this point you have joined our team as a provisional employee! You are required to attend our four-day Orientation/Mini-Academy. You will report to orientation in business casual. Classes include: Overview of JCMC EMS, Street Smarts, CPR in Transit, Orientation to Department SOP’s, Special Equipment, Departmental Organization/Chain-of-Command, Proper Uniform Wear, etc.

There will also be a minimum of three additional 12-hour shifts to be scheduled as a 3rd crewmember.Remember that during this orientation period you are being evaluated, so you must be on time, attentive and perform as expected. For your orientation shifts you should arrive in uniform, prepared to work on an ambulance, with appropriate equipment including black pen, penlight, medic shears, wristwatch with second hand and stethoscope. You will be issued appropriate PPE. No weapons of any kind are allowed, including boot knives, guns, Mace, batons or handcuffs. Personnel may carry Leatherman type tools, and/or safety type seat belt cutters.

You will also attend the hospital-wide orientation, and undergo fit testing for particulate masks. Employees may not wear a beard because it interferes with the fit of the mask. Once your orientation is completed, you will begin to ride as a full-fledged crewmember. We work 8 &12-hour shifts on various schedules. You will provide us with your availability for the upcoming month by the 1st of the current month. We will send you your schedule for the upcoming month by the 10th of the current month.

The Jersey City Medical Center Emergency Medical Services Department full-time employees are members of the AFSCME union. If you are offered a full-time position you will be paid according to the prevailing union contract, and receive a number of contractual benefits including medical insurance, dental insurance, tuition reimbursement, etc.

Thank you!

Thank you for your interest in the Jersey City Medical Center Emergency Medical Services Department. We look forward to meeting you, and having you join our team.

As one of the largest EMS providers in the state, and the winner of the State of New Jersey Office of Emergency Medical Services EMS Public Provider of the Year Award, we are always looking for excellent EMTs, EMT-Dispatchers and Paramedics.

For further information please contact the JCMC EMS Department at EMSinfo@rwjbh.org or fax 201-547-6162.