Applying For A Position

Permanent Positions: Application Process & Selection for Advancement to the Testing Process

The City of Arcata only accepts applications for positions in which a recruitment is currently being conducted. If you are interested in being notified when we are accepting applications for a particular position, please consider submitting an interest card.

When applying for an open recruitment, an application packet can be obtained online, by calling (707)822-5953 to request one be mailed, or coming into our office located at City Hall, 736 F Street, Arcata.

All interested candidates must complete and submit a City of Arcata employment application packet. Applications that are illegible, incomplete or received after the deadline will not be considered. Please do not submit additional materials, such as resumes, letters of recommendation, transcripts or training certificates with your application. These materials will not be considered during the screening and evaluation of your qualifications for the position, and are usually discarded. You may attach additional sheets if it is a continuation of the information being requested. For example, if you need to continue your work experience information, you may attach additional pages listing information in a similar format as what is requested on the original application materials.

Applications will be screened to evaluate the qualifications of each candidate. Those applicants whose qualifications demonstrate the most directly related experience and/or training will be invited to take part in a competitive testing process, which may include written, oral and/or practical performance examinations. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not necessarily guaranteed advancement to the examination process, as only the most qualified candidates will be invited to participate. All applicants will receive written notification of the results of the screening process.

Part-Time, Seasonal, Temporary, and Volunteer Positions

Occasionally, you may be able to find these opportunities on our Job Opportunities page, but generally, each of the City's departments (view organizational chart) recruit their own part-time, seasonal, Temporary, and Volunteer employees. If you are interested in Part-Time, Seasonal, Temporary, or Volunteer work within any of the departments, please contact each department either in person, by phone, by email, or by mail. Interest cards are not kept on file for Part-Time, Seasonal, Temporary, or Volunteer positions.

Equal Employment Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation

The City of Arcata is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, material status, sexual orientation, age disability or on any other non-merit factors in its process of recruitment, selection, promotion or other conditions of employment.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, reasonable efforts will be made during the examination process to accommodate people with special physical or mental requirements. If special accommodations are necessary, please contact Personnel at (707)822-5953 prior to the testing date.