Human Resources

Current Employment Opportunities


Planning Director

The Town of Smithfield is seeking an individual to fill the position of Planning Director.  This vacancy comes available as the current Planning Director is retiring after 14 years of dedicated service to the Town.  As the county seat of Johnston County, the town with an approximate population of 12,000 citizens grows to an approximated 40,000 daytime population.  Johnston County neighbors Wake County and the Research Triangle and is one of the fastest growing counties in the State of North Carolina.  Smithfield is the home of a state-of-the-art hospital, an award winning Community College, a 71,000 square foot recreation and aquatic center, the Carolina Premium Outlets and 11 hotels with over 750 rooms.  Smithfield is poised for growth. Located along I-95, with nearby I-40, rail service and regional and international airports, Smithfield is just 6 miles from an over $2 billion dollar combined expansion of pharmaceutical giants Novo Nordisk and Grifols. 

An employee in this class plans, organizes, and performs the planning and development activities of the Town including current and long range planning programs involving the physical, economic and social future of the Town. Work involves high level professional planner responsibilities in the formation, installation, modification and improvement of the Town’s Comprehensive Plan and various planning, research and related projects.  Administrative and technical supervision is exercised over a code enforcement staff.  Duties include consulting with boards and committees on development of the Comprehensive Plan and Unified Development Ordinance; budget preparation; and supervisory functions of employment, training, review of work, performance appraisal and discipline/dismissal.  Work requires considerable knowledge of the planning field and local ordinances, and a strong public relations and extensive public contact.  Work is supervised by the City Manager and is evaluated through conferences, reports, and progress on projects.  This is an exempt position.

Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience; DOQ/E
Posting Date: May 04, 2017
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Send completed Town Application, cover letter and resume including current salary and salary history to: Tim Kerigan, HR Director; P.O. Box 761; Smithfield, N.C. 27577. Qualified applicants may obtain an application at the Smithfield Town Hall, 350 E. Market Street, Smithfield NC 27577 or via the Town’s website 


Police Officer

Town of Smithfield, NC. Performs responsible protective service work in the protection of life and property through enforcement of laws and ordinances involving an element of danger. Applicant must be a citizen of the United States, at least 21 years of age and have any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school. Hours worked by rotating shifts. Applicant will be required to complete a background investigation, CVSA examination, physical, drug screening exam and psychological examination. One year State-required probationary status. Must have valid NC Driver’s License. Competitive salary and excellent benefits. Employee will be eligible for paid vacation, sick leave, paid holidays, insurance and other benefits.  Only qualified applicants should apply.

Beginning Salary:              $34,863.88
Closing Date:                    Open Until Filled


Pump Station Mechanic

Performs responsible semi-skilled work in the monitoring and maintenance of the Town’s pump stations and in the installation, replacement, repair and maintenance of water and sewer lines, and appurtenances.

An employee in this class performs a variety of semi-skilled work monitoring and maintaining the operations and equipment in assigned pump stations; serves as a member of a crew engaged in the construction. Installation and repair of water and sewer lines.  Work involves making daily inspections of pump stations to ensure proper operation and to detect any malfunctions in a timely manner.  Inspects belts, motors, hoses, etc. for proper operation.  May operate construction equipment in the installation, replacement and repair of water and sewer pipes to specific grade and depth.  Work also includes making taps to water and sewer mains, installing and flushing hydrants, installing meters, and valves, and making repairs to the water and sewer system.  Employees are subject to working in both inside and outside environments, in extreme hot and cold weather, and exposure to various hazards such as loud noises, vibration, moving mechanical parts, electrical current, chemicals, fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases, poor ventilation, and oils.  Work is also subject to the final standards of OSHA on bloodborne pathogens. Employees are also subject to on-call and call-back work.  Work is performed under regular supervision and is evaluated through observation and inspection for adherence to instructions and standard trade and safety practice. Performs other tasks as required.

Must possess of a valid North Carolina Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) or obtained within six months of employment. Must possess a Grade I Wastewater Collection Certification or Grade C Water Distribution Certification or obtain certification within one year of employment. Special consideration will be given to any applicant that may have the qualifications and certifications to serve as Collections System ORC.

Minimum Starting Annual Salary:      $ 28,059.20
Date Posted:                    Friday, June 30, 2017
Closing Date for Letters of Interest:   Open Until Filled


Sanitation Equipment Operator

Performs equipment operation in the collection and disposal of residential garbage, yard waste, recyclable materials, refuse and debris.  Work may involve supervision of a small crew of employees who collect and dispose of refuse and debris. Employee will be subject to hazards of sanitation work including working in an outside environment exposed to extreme cold, heat, noise, atmospheric conditions, chemicals, moving mechanical parts, oils and skin irritants.  Performs minor maintenance and related care of motorized equipment used in daily refuse collection. Requires considerable knowledge of the street system in the Town, knowledge of the operation and maintenance of motorized sanitation equipment, the ability to follow instructions, perform manual labor for extended periods, ability to operate tools and equipment, and ability to work well with others. Some experience in the operation of motorized vehicles and in the collection of trash and refuse; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  Must possess a valid North Carolina Commercial Driver’s License.  Pre-employment drug screen, limited fit-for-duty physical, driver’s license and criminal history check required.                                                             

Starting Salary:           $ 27,241.34
Date Posted:              April 11, 2017
Closing Date:             Open Until Filled


Application Process: All qualified applicants are required to complete an employment application form that may be obtained at the Smithfield Town Hall, 350 E. Market Street, Smithfield, or by calling 919-934-2116 or at A resume may also be submitted with the application materials.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.  If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form.  You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form.  Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C.20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at

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Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 761, Smithfield, NC 27577
Physical Address:
350 East Market Street
Smithfield, NC 27577
Main Phone: 919-934-2116
Fax: 919-934-1134

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