Employment with the Village of Gurnee


The Village of Gurnee is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local laws regarding employment. The Village encourages qualified candidates who share our commitment to diversity and non-discrimination to apply for available positions.

Full-time employees that are not part of the Police or Fire pensions become members of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF), a link to their website is posted here

Applicants for employment can view the FMLA poster here.

Applications are accepted only in response to posted vacancies. If there is a position you would like to apply for, please review the job advertisement and follow the application instructions. Unless otherwise indicated, the qualifications listed are guidelines. Other combinations of education and experience, which could provide the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform in the job position, may be considered at the Village's discretion when appropriate. Please note during high volume recruitments, Village staff may contact only candidates under consideration for a position. Questions? Email the Human Resources Department.

Current Openings

Firefighter / Paramedic Eligibility List Testing (August 2023)


Application Deadline: September 20, 2023


Click Here to Apply 

The Gurnee Fire Department is currently building an eligibility list for the position of Firefighter / Paramedic.  Immediate vacancies to be filled from the new list.

Minimum Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Minimum age 21 years and maximum age of 34 years (unless otherwise exempt per state statute).
  • State of Illinois Basic Operations Fire Fighter (Fire Fighter II) certification.
  • Minimally a Paramedic Student in good standing or EMT-P.  If a Paramedic Student, must obtain IDPH EMT-P licensure within 6 months of hire.
  • Valid driver's license.
  • Candidate Physical Ability Test [CPAT] certificate with Ladder Climb dated between September 19, 2022 and September 20, 2023. The cost of the CPAT is the responsibility of the applicant.
  • Successfully pass the FireTeam examination.
  • United States citizen or naturalized citizen.
  • Graduation from high school or equivalent thereof.

Pay Range:

Starting Salary (as of May 1, 2023):  $80,336 annual base salary plus overtime

Benefits: 6 scheduled Kelly Days (every 18th duty day); additional paid time off (vacation, Kelly float); paid sick leave and sick leave incentive program; health / dental / vision / life insurance plans; retirement savings options (pension, 457, Roth IRA); tuition reimbursement; retirement health savings plan participation; additional supplemental benefits.  

Visible tattoos permitted within department policy parameters [no head, face, neck, hand/finger tattoos]

No residency or living radius requirement.

Minimum Qualifications:

Selection Process - each phase of the process is pass / fail and required to proceed to the next.

Application & Required Documents:  Complete the Gurnee Fire Department Employment Application (apply link above) no later than September 20, 2023.

Examination:  FireTeam National Exam – click link - select ‘Find Jobs’ then select Firefighter Jobs and sign up for the Gurnee Fire Department. Applicants must self-schedule; all testing costs are the responsibility of the candidate.  Complete no later than September 20, 2023.  

Oral Interview with Civil Service Commission – eligible candidates will be contacted to schedule an interview.  Interviews are anticipated to be held in October 2023.

Preference points - maximum of 10 points:

Veterans’ Points / Military Service with an Honorable Discharge:  5 points

Education Points:  up to 5 points:

  • Associates Degree (fire service or emergency medical services): 2.5 points
  • Bachelors Degree (any curriculum): an additional 2.5 points (5 points total)

Final Eligibility list candidates receiving an offer of employment must successfully pass post-offer screenings including but not limited to a polygraph examination; background investigation; psychological examination; and medical examination, including vision and drug screen. 

Completion of the FireTeam examination and / or Gurnee Firefighter / Paramedic Employment Application is not a guarantee of eligibility to continue in the testing process. Candidates may be disqualified after completion of the test or submission of application for reasons including but not limited to:  failure to complete testing / application submission by required deadline; not meeting minimum position qualifications; not meeting minimum passing standards for the examination; missing or incomplete documents; or other disqualifying factors related to Firefighter / Paramedic candidacy or employment.