Applicant Process

The first step of the applicant process will be to complete the application. After your application is completed, please bring it to Human Resources any Friday between the hours of 8:00 - 11:00 A.M. and 1:00 - 4:00 P.M., no appointment will be necessary. A review of your application will be completed at this time to ensure that we have all necessary documentation.

William Snyder, Sheriff


List of all positions and initial testing requirements

Law Enforcement/Corrections/Reserve Deputy Sheriff - Certified
Police Officer Selection Test (P.O.S.T.)

Law Enforcement/Corrections/Reserve Deputy Sheriff - Non - Certified
Basic Abilities Test (B.A.T.)

Police Officer Selection Test (P.O.S.T.)
Correctional Assistant

Police Officer Selection Test (P.O.S.T.)
Animal Control Officer

Police Officer Selection Test (P.O.S.T.)

Police Officer Selection Test (P.O.S.T.)
Clerical Test

School Crossing Guard
No Initial Testing Required

1. B.A.T. (Basic Abilities Test)

If you are Florida certified, you are not required to take the BAT examination.

This test is given at Indian River Academy located at Indian River State College. Visit their website at, for testing dates. There is a $40 non-refundable testing fee. If you have any questions, please call (772)462-7961.

This test is also given at the Palm Beach State College. There is a $45 non-refundable testing fee. Applicants must register as a student, and complete the non-credit application before taking the test. For further information, including testing times, please call (561) 863-3011.

2. P.O.S.T. Exam

All applicants will be required to take the POST written examination. This exam is conducted at the Sheriff’s Office Human Resources Unit located at 800 SE Monterey Road. Applicants must score a minimum of 70% to pass the exam. If you do not receive a 70% on the written exam, you may not take the exam again for a period of six months. Applicants will be instructed when they are required to take this exam.


If you are applying for an open position, after you return your completed application with all of the required documentation, a representative from Human Resources will contact you to schedule an oral board (if applying for a certified position). The board consists of command officers, normally the rank of sergeant or above, and may be in the numbers from 3 – 5. You will be asked a series of questions pertaining to various subjects that are job specific.

4. Oral Interview

After completion of the Oral Board, a representative from Human Resources will contact you to schedule an Oral Interview.

5. Fingerprints

You will be fingerprinted at the Martin County Sheriff’s Office on the day of your interview.

6. Conditional Offer Letter

If you receive a conditional offer letter, this is acknowledging that the Martin County Sheriff’s Office has an open position that you are being considered for provided you successfully complete the remainder of the applicant process and are selected by Sheriff William Snyder. You will not be asked to schedule an appointment for a polygraph or psychological evaluation until you have received a conditional offer letter.

7. Polygraph & Psychological Examinations

After receiving a conditional offer letter, you will be given a date and time for a polygraph and psychological examination. This is free of charge to you.

8. Background Investigation

An extensive background investigation will be conducted including written inquiries to past employers and personal references, also neighborhood interviews.

9. Physical and Drug Test

Human Resources will advise when to complete these requirements. The location and forms will be furnished at no cost to you.

Re-application Criteria

The Sheriff’s Office shall allow re-application, retesting, and re-evaluation of candidates not appointed on previous attempts provided that nothing in the candidate’s history indicates an unfitness for appointment.

  1. Provided a vacancy exists at the time, the applicant will be required to wait a minimum of twelve (12) months before being able to reapply, retest, or be re-evaluated.
  2. This applicant may be required to go through the entire testing/evaluation process with each re-application.
  3. The applicant will not be reconsidered for, including but not limited to the following reasons
    1. If, during the selection process, information is obtained indicating an unfitness for appointment.
    2. The applicant is originally turned down for appointment due to not fulfilling State mandated requirements that

Employee Benefits

The Florida Retirement System (FRS)

Employee must complete 8-years to become vested. In addition to the FRS Pension Plan, we also have an FRS Investment Plan. Employee must complete 1 year to become vested. Employees are required to pay 3% into their retirement.

Health Insurance
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida - Self Insured Plan

MCSO contributes 75% of total premium. Employee pays 25%. Blue Choice has a $500.00 deductible, (2) per family. $20 Office visit co-payment when using PPO for general practitioner, pediatric, or internal medicine. Blue Options has no calendar year deductible, $10 Office visit co-payment when using PPO on general practitioner, and a $20 office visit co-payment for specialist. Express Scripts prescription card included. Generic drugs $10.00/$20.00 preferred/$30.00 non preferred. Mail away plan for approved maintenance drugs, insulin, birth control pills, etc. (90) day supply for 2 copayments.

Dental Insurance
Delta Dental - Traditional Plan

MCSO contributes 75% of total premium. Employee pays 25%.

Life Insurance
Standard Life Insurance Company, Inc.

Yes, in required positions.

Department Vehicles
MCSO members, who are certified Law Enforcement Officers assigned County vehicles, are allowed to take the vehicle to their residence within a 10 mile radius from the Martin County Line. This is not a condition of employment. All other out of county personnel must provide transportation to the Sheriff’s Office to pick up their MCSO vehicle.

Sick Leave
Eight (8) hours per month + Sick Leave Incentive. Upon eligibility, the Sick Leave Incentive Plan allows employees to convert earned sick time into vacation time.

Vacation Leave
Annual leave will accumulate at a monthly rate according to time in service of the member. Members working in a full time capacity will earn leave at a monthly rate. Members with less that five (5) years completed service; receive ten (10) working days per year, etc.

Educational Programs
Yes, including tuition reimbursement program.

Long Term Disability Insurance
Yes, Standard Life Insurance Company

MCSO contributes 100% of the premium for this benefit.

Florida Sheriff's Association Membership (FSA)
Yes. MCSO contributes 100% of the annual membership contribution.

FICA is Matched

Holidays Honored
Yes, Schedule is distributed each year.

Direct Deposit

Savings Plan
Yes. Deferred Compensation Companies are payroll deductible. This is a voluntary benefit. We are currently limited to Nationwide and Hartford Deferred Compensation Companies.

NOTE: There are many voluntary insurances and plans that are payroll deductible and offered at a group rate that have not been listed. Benefits are reviewed and evaluated often. If you have any knowledge of any benefit that you think might be beneficial to the members of this Agency, please supply the information for review and possible consideration to the Human Resources Unit.

Revised 5/14/12

Salary Information for Entry Level Positions

Effective 10/01/2011

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office accepts applications continuously for all positions whether they are occupied or vacant.

Law Enforcement/Corrections Deputy Sheriff
Certified - Step 1

Law Enforcement/Corrections Deputy Sheriff
FTO - while Deputy is in training.

Law Enforcement/Corrections Deputy Sheriff

Correctional Assistant
Civilian Position
Grade 4

Civilian Position (NON Sworn)
Grade 2

911 Dispatcher
Civilian Position (NON Sworn)
Grade 4

Animal Control Officer
Civilian Position (NON Sworn)
Grade 5