City of Ellsworth- Fire Chief (full time)

The City of Ellsworth is seeking an experienced, collaborative, and community-oriented Chief to lead the Ellsworth Fire Department.  Ellsworth is a large, coastal community with a year-round population of 8,000 people.  Ellsworth has a thriving business community with many commercial establishments particularly in the hospitality industry.  The Department is a full-time, year-round Fire, EMS, and rescue service which responds to over 1386 fire and EMS calls annually.   The Fire Department employs 13 firefighters/EMT’s, 1 fire and life safety inspector, multiple paid on call firefighters and 1 administrative assistant. The department also relies on a small but dedicated call force.

The successful candidate will be an experienced, visionary leader with exceptional management, organizational, and tactical skills.  The Chief must be an experienced incident commander with a background and experience in all matters related to modern firefighting practices, fire prevention, inspections, emergency medical services (EMS), emergency management including establishing an EOC, hazardous materials, and technical rescue operations; specifically water and high/low angle rescue. 

The Chief must have a demonstrated record of ethical leadership that creates a cohesive work environment that garners the confidence and respect of the Firefighters and the community.  The Chief must have excellent internal and external communications skills, be results driven, and foster a work environment that promotes employee involvement and accountability. 

For a complete job description and information on how to apply, please visit the City’s web site: - Employment/Job Opportunities.

Applications:  Qualified Candidates are invited to submit a cover letter, resume and 3 professional references via e-mail to  Please put “Fire Chief Search” in the subject line, or send via US mail to:

City of Ellsworth

1 City Hall Plaza

Ellsworth, Maine 04605

Attn:  Human Resources


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin February 25, 2021.

The City of Ellsworth is committed to diversity in its workforce.  We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer.



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