General Applicant Information

With every selection, our goal is to hire the best qualified applicant for positions at the City of Vancouver. Our recruitment and selection process involves several steps to ensure that this goal becomes a reality. Although each position has its own job-specific qualifications and requirements, we have established a number of core, basic qualifications which apply to all positions at the City.


Basic Qualifications Expected of all Job Applicants:
  • A stable and verifiable work history;
  • A record of regular and dependable attendance;
  • A valid drivers license and clean driving record (for positions where operation of a vehicle may be required);
  • A professional, well-groomed appearance (appropriate for the job assignment);
  • Strong communication, problem-solving and teamwork skills (appropriate to the job duties).

All City employees are expected to perform their duties in accordance with the City's Operating Principles; work and act as a team player in interactions with other City employees; and provide a high level of customer service at all times.




The City of Vancouver offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes family and domestic partner health benefits such as medical, dental and vision.  Coverage is provided through Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield or Kaiser Permanente.

Other benefits include a deferred compensation program, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, long-term disability, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave.  Retirement benefits are provided through Washington State Retirement System.  For additional information, please review the specific benefits plan documents and summaries.

General Applicant Information:


Application materials are accepted only for positions which are currently posted. Unsolicited resumes and applications will not be accepted.

A complete City of Vancouver employment application is required for each position for which you apply. Additional materials may also be required - please review the job announcement to determine the items required for the position which interests you.

Each job announcement and the on-line job application is available on the City's website.  In addition, we list job opportunities state-wide with the Washington State Department of Employment Security and the State of Oregon's Employment Division. All positions are based in Vancouver unless otherwise indicated on the job announcement.

We do not accept paper or faxed application materials. Please visit our job opportunities page and apply online.


The Selection Process:


  • Application materials received after the deadline - even if delayed by computer servers - will not be considered.
  • Applicants will receive an email after successfully submitting an application.
  • Applications will be screened on an ongoing basis.  The most qualified candidates will be contacted via telephone or email to proceed through the selection process.  If you do not receive a phone call regarding an interview, you may assume that we are considering other candidates.
  • The selection process may include the use of skill assessments, interviews, and/or other examinations that test the candidates' level of ability and knowledge necessary to perform the duties of the job.
  • Before an offer of employment is extended to you, the City may contact prior employers, educational institutions, and any institution or organization with whom you have been associated, giving the City any pertinent information about your employability.

The City of Vancouver offers excellent benefits, competitive market-based compensation, and career growth opportunities.  These factors make us a very attractive employer in the region; and therefore, our applicant response involves a large volume of well-qualified candidates. It is not unusual for us to receive more than 100 applications for a single position, or more than 400 applications for our civil service positions. Understandably, this volume does make the selection process more competitive for applicants.


How to Apply:


Candidates must submit the following via the on-line application process: 

  • Current and complete City of Vancouver on line application;
  • At least two current employment references;
  • Responses to the supplemental questionnaire; and
  • Resume and cover letter, if requested

Internet access is available at most public libraries, Washington State WorkSource, or Employment Security offices. If Internet access through private or public means is not an option, please call our Human Resources Department at (360) 487-8417 and we will be happy to help you.

It is highly recommended that you spend a thorough amount of time to ensure that your application packet is complete, honest, accurate and represents the your full scope of skills, knowledge and abilities. The information that you submit does make a difference!


Reference Checks:


Thorough reference checks are completed on all final applicants prior to receiving an offer of employment. This also includes internal applicants.  A history of workplace harassment, discrimination, inappropriate conduct, or poor performance or attendance may disqualify you from the hiring process. Additional background research on finalist(s) may be necessary for certain types of positions prior to an offer of employment.


Civil Service:


The recruitment process for the City's Police and Fire departments differs from that of other City departments in that they are governed by our Civil Service system. Candidates who successfully pass the written/practical exams and the oral board interview will be ranked according to final scores and placed on an eligibility list. The list will be certified by the City of Vancouver Civil Service Commission. Veteran's Preference will be granted to qualified candidates based on Federal Law.

Equal Employment Opportunities:


The City of Vancouver is an equal employment opportunity employer and all employment decisions are made without regard to race, gender, age, national origin, religion, political affiliation, marital status, mental or physical disability, or other classes of protection required by law and City ordinance. The City actively seeks applications from qualified women, minority, and/or disabled candidates as well as from candidates of other protected or minority groups.


Our Workplace:


The City supports a drug, alcohol, and tobacco-free workplace.  We follow all applicable Federal and State laws regarding pre-employment and random drug testing for certain positions.

Reasonable Accommodation:


Please contact our Employment Coordinator at (360) 487-8402 if you wish to request any accommodations to the recruitment and selection process. A request for accommodation may be related to a disability or impairment and is intended to allow you to participate fully in the recruitment process and/or to perform the work once hired. Accommodation requests should be made as soon as possible.