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Emergency Services Dispatcher

Emergency Services Dispatchers (ESDs) are an integral component of the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.

Although dispatchers may not typically be considered as a first-responder, the dispatchers in the Communications Center at the Sheriff’s Office are without question essential to the successful operation of all first-responders in Beaufort County.

The county has five fire departments, four law enforcement agencies and Emergency Medical Services who all depend on the Communications Center for assistance.

Our Communications Center is in operation 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, and the Emergency Services Dispatcher is the first voice someone in need hears when they call for help.

The Communications Center receives more than a half million calls each year, and more than 75 percent of those calls result in one or more emergency service agencies being dispatched to assist.

The calls range from incidents that are minor to serious in nature, including incidents involving serious injury and death.

The ESD must be able to professionally listen to the call, obtain critical information about the incident, and dispatch the appropriate emergency responders as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Very often the well-trained dispatcher is able to defuse volatile situations, or offer life-saving instructions before help arrives.

  • You must be at least 18 years old.

 

  • You must have a high school diploma or equivalent.

 

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or be legally permitted to work in the U.S.

 

  • You must possess a valid driver’s license or state-issued identification card.

 

  • You must have a clean criminal history, with no felony or serious misdemeanor convictions. You must have no convictions for any crimes of moral turpitude.

 

  • You must be able to communicate effectively in writing, in person and/or over the telephone and radio.

 

  • You must be able to type a minimum of 35 correct words a minute.

 

  • You must pass all pre-employment testing.

 

  • You must be willing to work any shift to which you are assigned. 

 

  • You must be willing to remain on duty when activated for an emergency such as a hurricane.
  • There are a minimum of six dispatchers on duty at all times, seven days a week, 24 hours a day, including holidays and weekends.

 

  • The initial training period is between 6 months and 9 months.

 

  • After the first five-week training period, you will be assigned to a shift where you are most needed, whether it be days or nights. Once assigned, you will work 12-hour shifts on what is commonly called a “2-2-3” work schedule.

 

  • Dispatchers are promoted at scheduled intervals during their first five years of employment.

 

  • If you have prior experience as a certified dispatcher, the Sheriff’s Office will recognize your certification, both in rank and pay.

The minimum starting salary is $18.40 per hour with guaranteed overtime each pay period, as well as additional opportunities for overtime.

The pay plan has scheduled promotions and raises at 18 months (ESD I), three years (ESD II), and five years (ESD III).

Thereafter, the ESD will receive an annual longevity pay increase on their anniversary.

The Sheriff’s Office offers pay incentives for higher education, prior experience as a certified ESD and for being bilingual (Spanish/English).

Beaufort County offers the following benefits to qualified full-time employees:

  • Health, dental and vision insurance (with affordable employee contributions)
  • Long-term disability
  • Basic life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment
  • Medical and dependent care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • Ancillary products through Creative Worksite Solutions, which include:
    • Cancer, accidental, critical illness, whole life insurance with a long care term rider
    • Employee Assistance Program
    • Short-term disability
  • 13 paid holidays
  • Sick leave
  • Paid leave time
  • Optional participation in South Carolina’s Deferred Compensation Programs, 401(k) and 457(b) / traditional and Roth (peba.sc.gov/deferred-comp)

Recruitment and Staffing Coordinator

Staff Sergeant Patrick N. Rowell
843-255-3433
[email protected]

Hiring Phases

Interested persons enter a competitive selection process that includes an in-depth background investigation and testing. The process may take 45 days to 90 days to complete, depending on the circumstances of each applicant. After each phase, the applicant is reviewed to determine if they will be continued in the process.

Phase One
Application is submitted.
Phase Two
Background investigation
Phase Three
Job-related testing
Phase Four
Oral interview board
Phase Five
Psychological testing and a drug screen
Phase Six
Final hiring decisions
How to Apply

ONLINE

To make the online application process as efficient as possible, we recommend following these steps …

Gather the documents required for your application package. On the application, you will be asked to upload the following:

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship (if you were born outside of the U.S., proof that you are a legal resident and able to work in the U.S.)

 

  • A copy of your Birth Certificate

 

  • A copy of your High School or GED and College Diplomas

 

  • A copy of current Driver’s License or state-issued ID

 

  • A copy of your Social Security Card

 

  • A copy of court-issued legal documentation supporting any legal name change (i.e., marriage certificate, divorce decree, etc.)

 

  • If you have prior military service, a copy of your DD214 with your separation code and the type of discharge you received

 

  • A certified driving record from the Department of Motor Vehicles from all states licensed over the past six years

 

  • If you are a former law enforcement officer, provide all training certificates

 

  • A copy of your state-issued typing-test certification showing you successfully typed 35 words per minute or more. You can schedule a typing test through any state employment agency. In Beaufort County, you may schedule a free typing test at South Carolina Works, 164 Castle Rock Road in Beaufort by calling 843-524-3351.

Create digital copies of the documents listed in Step One. 

You can do this by scanning the documents, downloading them in attachable PDFs or by using your phone to take pictures of them. 

Make sure the images are crisp with no blurry areas and that all the information contained on the documents can be easily read.

You will be required to provide your work history, as well as three personal references. 

Before starting your application, make sure you have the names, current addresses and current contact information of the former supervisors and personal references you plan to list on the form.

Click on and download the two forms below:

After you have completed and printed them, both forms must be Notarized.

Once the forms are Notarized, you may bring them to our Recruiting Office or mail them to us. 

NOTE: We offer free Notary service at our Recruiting Office. If you would like to use this service, please bring your completed forms to our office.

When you have your documents ready and have collected all the information you’ll need, set aside about two hours to complete the application.

You will be able to partially fill out your application and return to it later only if you use the same browser and device that you started in.

After you are contacted by a member of our Recruiting Office staff about your application, you will be asked to fill out and submit this questionnaire for your hiring board interview: 

Hiring Board Questionnaire

If you are not able to apply online ...

You may download a copy of our application by clicking here and following these steps:

Gather the documents required for your application package. On the application, you will be asked to upload the following:

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship (if you were born outside of the U.S., proof that you are a legal resident and able to work in the U.S.)

 

  • A copy of your Birth Certificate

 

  • A copy of your High School or GED and College Diplomas

 

  • A copy of current Driver’s License or state-issued ID

 

  • A copy of your Social Security Card

 

  • A copy of court-issued legal documentation supporting any legal name change (i.e., marriage certificate, divorce decree, etc.)

 

  • If you have prior military service, a copy of your DD214 with your separation code and the type of discharge you received

 

  • A certified driving record from the Department of Motor Vehicles from all states licensed over the past six years

 

  • If you are a former law enforcement officer, provide all training certificates

 

  • A copy of your state-issued typing-test certification showing you successfully typed 35 words per minute or more. You can schedule a typing test through any state employment agency. In Beaufort County, you may schedule a free typing test at South Carolina Works, 164 Castle Rock Road in Beaufort by calling 843-524-3351.

If you plan to mail your application or bring it to our Recruitment Office, make photocopies of each document.

You may also create digital copies of your documents and email them to us at [email protected] You can do this by scanning, downloading or using your phone to take pictures of them. 

Make sure the photocopies or digital images are crisp with no blurry areas and that all the information contained on the documents can be easily read.

You will be required to provide your work history, as well as three personal references. 

Before starting your application, it is a good idea to have the names, current addresses and current contact information of the former supervisors and personal references you plan to list on the form.

Download, fill out and print these two forms:

After you have completed and printed them, both forms must be Notarized.

Once they are Notarized, you may bring them to our Recruitment Office or mail them to us. 

NOTE: We offer free Notary service at our Recruitment Office. If you would like to use this service, please bring your completed forms to our office.

When you have your documents ready and have collected all the information you’ll need, set aside about two hours to complete the application.

Please provide answers to all questions.

When you have your complete application package ready, you may mail it to our Recruitment Office or bring it in person.

If you would prefer to email your application package to us, please note that the Personal Inquiry Waiver and Background Packet forms must be Notarized.

After you are contacted by a member of our Recruitment Office staff about your application, you will be asked to fill out and submit this questionnaire for your hiring board interview: 

Hiring Board Questionnaire

Questions?

Call 843-255-3433 or email [email protected]

The Recruitment Office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Our office is at:
2001 Duke St.
Beaufort, S.C. 29902

Our mailing address is:
Beaufort County Sheriff's Office
Recruitment Office
ATTN: Staff Sergeant Patrick N. Rowell
P. O. Box 1758
Beaufort, S.C. 29901

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer.