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Build Your Career and Community with City of Seattle Employment

The City of Seattle offers an amazing array of career opportunities, with more than 1,100 job titles from 26 operating departments. The nearly 10,000 employees of the City of Seattle enjoy competitive pay and benefits packages, generous leave programs, and the satisfaction of doing work that helps make Seattle a great place to live, work, and play.

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The City of Seattle is a great place to work, check out our current Job Opportunities. We encourage you to review our application tips before applying.

Application Review
We want to hire and retain the best talent into the city, so we identify the best-qualified candidates within the applicant pool that fit our ideal candidate profile. Those candidates are sent to the hiring manager for review. The hiring manager decides who to interview. We are unable to move you forward if you do not meet the required minimum qualifications as defined in our job classifications. You will also find these listed in the "Minimum Qualifications" section of the job posting.

We conduct interviews by phone, by video conference and in person in order to accommodate candidates. In-person interviews can be one-on-one or with a panel of multiple individuals. We will share the details with you in advance, so you know what to expect and how to prepare. Please review these interview tips.

Job Offer & Pre-Employment
After the interviews, the hiring manager decides whom to offer the job. The hiring manager or recruiter will reach out directly with a verbal offer. This is a great opportunity for you to ask any additional questions you may have before accepting the offer. Once you accept the written offer, the city will begin pre-employment screening.

Before your first day an HR Representative will reach out to guide you through the onboarding process which includes required new hire tasks to ensure you have an efficient start to your employment. On your first day your supervisor and new team will have a plan to help welcome you into your new role, your department/office and the City of Seattle. Click here to review some our benefits.

We invite you to explore the exciting and fulfilling public sector careers available with the City of Seattle. Check out our current Job Openings site for opportunities to build your career and community. Come join us.


You need to use a computer to complete an online job application. Here are some suggestions:

  • Come into Seattle Human Resources on the 55th floor of the Seattle Municipal Tower at 700 Fifth Avenue, between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM PST Monday - Friday and use one of the two available computers.
  • Use a public computer at a Seattle Public Library Branch.

Ask a family member or friend who has Internet access if you can use their computer.

Yes, you must have an email address to complete an online application. You can get a free email account online at places like: GmailHotmailYahoo! Mail. Please note we do not endorse any particular email provider.

No, the City will not accept a resume instead of an online application or as a substitute for completing any part of a job application.

We update the Job Opportunities List with new jobs on an ongoing basis.

Click on the “Job Alerts” link on the Job Opportunities page. Follow the instructions to receive email notifications for specific jobs that interest you. These alerts are active for one year.

There are two general types of "continuous" postings. We have some positions which are recruited for year-round and where there is always the need for more qualified applicants. There are also jobs which may require a longer posting period, but where we will evaluate applications as they are submitted, interview and make hiring decisions until we fill the job.

No, you can only change your application before the job closing date.

Call the City of Seattle Job Information Center (JIC) at: (206) 684-8088 weekdays between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM PST.

Human Resources

Kimberly Loving, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 5500, Seattle, WA , 98124
Mailing Address: PO Box 34028, Seattle, WA, 98124-4028
Phone: (206) 684-7999
Fax: (206) 684-4157

The Human Resources Department provides human resource services, tools, and expert assistance to departments, policy makers, employees, and the public so that the City of Seattle's diverse work force is deployed, supported, and managed fairly to accomplish the City's business goals.