Thank you for your interest in employment with Putnam County.
Below you will find current job openings throughout our various departments.

Parks and Recreation

April 16, 2024 Lifeguard Parks and Recreation APPLY NOW
Job Description

Job Title: Lifeguard


This position supports the work of the Putnam County Parks and Recreation Department’s in providing dedicated, courteous, and respectful service to enhance the quality of life for community residents, workers, and visitors.

The primary duties of a pool lifeguard are prevention, enforcing pool rules, responding to emergencies and diligently applying specialized observation techniques.

A Lifeguard at Putnam County Parks and Recreation Department creates a safe and positive atmosphere that welcomes and respects all individuals while promoting and maintaining safe swimming conditions in the pool, deck and surrounding areas in accordance with the department’s policies and procedures.

This position is a seasonal position with the season running May through September.


1. Maintains active surveillance of the pool area to prevent drowning and other aquatic injuries.

2. Responds to emergency situations immediately in accordance with Putnam County Parks and Recreation’s policies, procedures; completes related reports as required.

3. Responds to challenges with possible solutions in a timely manner.

4. Knows, understands, and consistently applies safety rules, policies, and guidelines for the pool and aquatic area.

5. Remains calm and objective when under pressure or when challenged by others.

6. Performs all secondary duties in a timely manner as required for each shift.

7. Performs all lifeguard duties, including ability to lift people out of pool, perform CPR, use AED, scan pool to ensure safety of participants.

8. Maintains accurate records as required by the Putnam County Parks and Recreation Department and/or the state health department code.

9. Performs equipment checks and ensures appropriate equipment is available as needed.

10. Checks the pool for hazardous conditions when arriving and for the duration of the shift.

11. Performs chemical testing when not guarding, as required, and takes appropriate action.

12. Attends Staff meetings and trainings as scheduled.


· Prefer lifeguards 18 years of age and older; minimum age of 15

· Certifications: Red Cross Professional Lifeguard or equivalent (must include CPR/AED, First Aid)

· Ability to maintain certification-level physical and mental readiness

· Must demonstrate lifeguard skills in accordance with standard

Please contact Debbie Parker at with questions concerning these positions.


Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

February 19, 2024 EMS personnel Emergency Medical Services (EMS) APPLY NOW
Job Description

Putnam County EMS is seeking licensed EMS personnel to work in a highly advanced and progressive EMS environment. The following is a general job description for all levels of licensure; a more tailored description for each level of licensure is presented to each employee upon employment at PCEMS.

The employee must be capable of utilizing all medical equipment in PCEMS inventory that falls within their state and local approved scope of practice. This includes equipment for the treatment and transport of the patient. In addition, the employee must be able to safely drive PCEMS ambulances in accordance with state laws and standards established by PCEMS. The employee must be capable of using computers and other electronic devices with regularity and skill. This is not an exhaustive list.

Location for this job is not easily defined. Jurisdiction falls within the realm of Putnam County, with the need for travel to other locations within the State of Tennessee, and occasionally outside the State. Location may also be in any extreme of weather or terrain found in Tennessee.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:  Treat and care for sick and injured patients in the location in which they are found, within the employee's scope of practice. This includes assisting higher trained EMS personnel or managing patient care if no higher licensed personnel are present or deemed appropriate by higher trained personnel. Transport patients from locations to appropriate facilities, as designated by medical direction. Communicate with 911 dispatchers, hospitals, patients, families, and other providers professionally and efficiently using written and verbal means, including in person, and via phone, email, and radio. Appropriate documentation of all patient encounters.

ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB:  Maintain a clean station.  When partnered with a higher level of licensure, follow the direction of the higher-level provider, and assist in patient care unless the treatment is inappropriate, or the patient is endangered. In this case, notify the Administration immediately.  Check the ambulance and equipment at the beginning of each day, and document using the inventory system. Note and fix any deficiencies.  Maintain a clean ambulance, inside and out. Disinfect regularly and as needed. Make steps to be ready for the next call quickly once patient transport is completed.  Assume command in case of disaster until it is relieved by appropriate personnel. Then, proceed as set forth in the disaster plan. g) Be able to deliver patient care consistent with AEMT level of training.  Skill in organizing and coordinating simple and complex teams in patient care situations. Be capable of performing tasks as set forth by the Administration and other portions of this manual.

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS:  The employee must be capable of moving the patient and cot over all types of terrain with the assistance of a partner. The crew must be capable of carrying patients weighing up to 250 pounds, plus the weight of the cot.  The employee must be capable of performing tasks requiring hand-eye coordination, such as driving, patient assessment, IV therapy, etc. The AEMT must be capable of driving and navigating an ambulance safely in all types of weather and lighting conditions. ii) Must be at least 18 years old. Must have a valid Tennessee Class D driver’s license. Must have and maintain a safe driving record. Must successfully complete PCEMS Emergency Vehicle Operations Course. Must have a high school diploma or GED.  Must hold and maintain a current EMT license or higher level of prehospital licensure issued by the State of Tennessee.  Keep a current copy of State EMS license, driver’s license, CPR card and current CEHs uploaded electronically. iv) Must immediately report any revocation, suspension, restriction, expirations, or legal action pending against any licensures or certifications pertaining to employment at PCEMS.  Must submit to hepatitis B vaccination, provide proof of vaccination, or sign a form showing you refused the vaccinations. Must submit to a physical examination to prove fitness for duty, when requested.  Must pass a pre-employment physical agility test.  Must be initially evaluated and trained under supervision of Trainers. The training period will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Convictions resulting in a misdemeanor or felony could possibly result in disqualification for employment. This will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Required to remain competent on all skills included in AEMT scope of practice.

Fire Department

August 22, 2022 Volunteer Firefighter Fire Department APPLY NOW
Job Description

Putnam County Fire Department

Qualifications: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and possess a valid Tennessee Driver’s License. Must be a legal resident of Putnam County or possess a waiver approved by the Fire Chief. Applicants will be required to complete a 16 hour Introduction to Fire and Emergency Services course in-house upon acceptance to the fire department. Upon completion of the 16 hour Introduction course, applicants must pass the department’s physical agility test, a pre-employment drug screening, and a background check before actively performing in fire department functions. Within one year of completing the Introduction to Fire and Emergency Services course, applicants will be required to complete a 64 hour Basic Firefighting course in-house and a weekend Live Burn class at the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy. Volunteer Firefighters are also required to complete 40 hours of training annually with the Putnam County Fire Department.

Job Summary: Examples of work performed but not limited to: control and extinguish fires, perform forcible entry, search and rescue, respond to hazardous materials incidents, respond to alarms, perform station and equipment maintenance, participate in fire prevention and training activities, perform equipment checks and upkeep tasks, keep all equipment in a state of readiness, participate in pre-fire planning, maintain and flow fire hydrants, make public presentations or conduct station tours on occasion, use a computer to enter data and generate reports, and perform related duties as required.

Essential Functions: Physical strength and ability to perform heavy labor and strenuous work for extended periods of time under extremely dangerous and uncomfortable conditions while wearing provided protective gear, including self-contained breathing apparatus, weighing in excess of sixty pounds or more. Must be able to lift up to one hundred pounds frequently, pull and drag hose, and force entry. Perform ventilation, climb ladders, work from heights, and perform rescues. Endure heat, cold, smoke, and exposure to hazardous materials. Requires fast response or reaction time, good hand-eye coordination to operate equipment and a good personality to interact with fellow personnel and the public.

Deadline for Applications: The Putnam County Fire Department is always accepting applications for Volunteer Firefighters. Once an application is submitted, it will be kept on file until a 16 hour Introduction to Fire and Emergency Services course is scheduled for PCFD. Introduction to Fire and Emergency Services classes are scheduled every three to six months at the Putnam County Fire Department based on the number of applications on file and other various factors.

Submit Applications to:

Putnam County Fire Department

700 County Services Dr

Cookeville, TN 38501

Questions Relating to this Position Should be Addressed to:

Chief Jeff Hicks or Captain Coty Nash  PCFD non-emergency phone number: (931) 528-1200

Putnam County is an equal opportunity employer.