Fire Cadet Employment

Fire Cadet

Are you between the ages of 17- and 20-years-old and interested in a career as a firefighter? Become an Aurora Fire Cadet!

The Aurora Fire Cadet program is a great opportunity for young adults interested in Fire and EMS. This position will help in determining if a career in the fire service is a good fit for you. 

Aurora Fire Cadets will perform routine station assignments to obtain a working knowledge of fire functions. Other duties include assisting with administrative tasks, station cleaning and maintenance, answering and directing phone calls and walk-in visitors, assisting with Fire Station tours, and participating in ride-alongs on emergency vehicles as an observer.

Fire Cadets

Eligibility Requirements for Fire Cadet:

  • 17 years of age but not yet attained 21 years of age at time of test
  • Attained senior class standing on the date of test; have graduated from an accredited   high school, attained a GED (copy of GED certificate required), or a Home School Certification through the Regional Superintendent of Schools at time of hire
  • Have a minimum high school grade point average of 2.0 on a scale of 4.0 or equivalent (Copy of unofficial high school/GED/home school transcript required to be uploaded at time of application)
  • Valid State of Illinois Class D driver’s license (Copy required to be uploaded at time of application)
  • Be a United States citizen at time of hire
  • Must be able to successfully pass a polygraph, psychological exam, interview, background check, physical examination, and drug screen
  • Must be able to work up to 20 hours per week between 8 am – 4 pm, Monday – Friday 


  • Excellent career path in Fire and EMS Services
  • Tuition provided toward EMT-basic classes as well as paramedic school
  • Part-time work during school year and full-time work during school breaks
  • Beginning hourly pay is $16.09 with annual increases
  • Excellent benefit package including medical, vision, and dental as well as PTO and sick time accruals

Applications to become an Aurora Fire Cadet will only be available as vacancies occur or as needed by the Fire Department.