HOW CAN I FIND OUT ABOUT JOB OPENINGS?
Job Announcements and "Employment Opportunities" (a summary list of jobs) are
posted in the Marin County Human Resources Department and in various agencies
throughout the County. Job Announcements are posted on our Employment Opportunities
Web Page. This page contains the list of current job openings. For each title
there is a link to the actual Job Announcement. A recorded listing of current
job openings may be reached at any time by dialing (415) 473-7800.
HOW DO I APPLY?
Applications are accepted only for jobs open for recruitment.
County applications may be picked up at the Marin County Human
Resources Department, or on-line at: http://www.marincounty.org/jobs.
There are three types of recruitments:
Recruitments usually have a specific closing date and applications must be received at the Human
Resources Department by the stated closing date and time.
Continuous recruitments may close at any time after the initial 10 day
filing period, so please apply immediately.
- Open -- available to anyone meeting minimum qualifications.
- County-Wide Promotional -- available only to County, regular-hire employees*.
- Department Promotional -- open only to regular-hire employees of specific departments*.
* Regular-hire employees do not need to have completed their probationary period to apply.
All application materials become the property of the County and cannot be returned to you.
You may use copies of our County application to file for other jobs as long as all of
the qualifying information is provided. Applications that are filed electronically are
kept on our on-line server and can always be accessed by you and printed at any time.
I’M INTERESTED IN A JOB THAT YOU AREN’T CURRENTLY HIRING FOR. WHAT DO I DO?
We have an interest card system for your convenience. You fill out an interest card with your mailing
address and we will mail you a copy of the announcement if the recruitment for the job class you’ve
indicated on the interest card begins. Interest cards are kept on file for six months.
After that time, if you haven’t received a flyer for your interested classification,
you will need to submit a new interest card.
HOW DO I GET A TEMP JOB WITH THE COUNTY?
The Human Resources department maintains a pool of
employees interested in temporary employment. You may submit an application on line for either the extra hire
clerical or extra hire non clerical, or contact the Human Resources office for more information.
HOW CAN I FIND OUT ABOUT SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS OR SALARY FOR A SPECIFIC POSITION?
This information is available for all classifications in the Marin County Human Resources office and on our
salary book on our web page. Additionally, if we post a position vacancy,
the job announcement will contain full information on the skills typically required and salary
range of the position. Lastly, you can contact the Human Resources Department directly to get salary information.
I AM AN EXTRA-HIRE (TEMPORARY) EMPLOYEE OF THE COUNTY, WILL THIS JOB LEAD TO A PERMANENT POSITION WITH THE COUNTY?
Being an extra-hire employee does not automatically lead to regular hire employment with the County.
You must take and pass the merit systems testing processes in order to be considered for regular hire employment;
however, extra-hire employees have an opportunity to enhance their chances for being hired by taking advantage of
opportunities for learning the County systems, practices, and procedures.
DOES THE COUNTY OFFER VETERAN'S PREFERENCE?
The County does offer Veteran’s Preference.
You should submit your Form DD-214 along with your application, or mail it separately to
Human Resources if applying on-line. Department staff will review and determine if you
qualify for Veteran's preference.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I MOVE OR HAVE SOME OTHER CHANGE AFTER I APPLY?
Directly contact the HR Department at (415) 473-6104 or email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org with your changes.
Since we may contact you via US Mail for invitations to tests and status of applications it is
important that we have your correct mailing address and phone number on file.
I WANT TO REQUEST THAT AN APPLICATION PACKAGE BE MAILED TO ME. HOW IS THAT ACCOMPLISHED?
You may call the Human Resources Department at (415) 473-6104 during office
hours (M-F 9AM-4PM) and request an application package from a staff member or
leave a message after hours. Be sure to provide the exact title of the job classification
for which you are requesting information and your name and mailing address.
You can also apply on line or reproduce the application materials on your own
printer with a PDF file found on our website.
I WANT TO APPLY FOR SEVERAL OF THE JOBS LISTED. DO I NEED TO FILL
OUT A SEPARATE APPLICATION FOR EACH JOB?
Yes. Every application is evaluated separately based on the job for which you
are applying. It is, therefore, necessary to turn in a separate application
for each job classification.
DOES MARIN COUNTY HUMAN RESOURCES KEEP APPLICATIONS (OR RESUMES) ON FILE FOR FUTURE RECRUITMENTS?
No. We only accept applications for the jobs for which we are currently recruiting.
A list of current recruitments can be obtained from this Website, the job hotline
(415-473-7800), or by coming to the Human Resources Department. You may submit
an Electronic Interest Card for a job we are not currently recruiting for.
AFTER I HAVE SUBMITTED MY COMPLETED APPLICATION FORM AND, IF APPLICABLE, ANY REQUIRED SUPPLEMENTAL
INFORMATION TO THE HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT, HOW WILL I BE INFORMED OF THE NEXT STEP?
We will send you a notice informing you of the next step in the exam process.
We will either e-mail you or send you a notice by mail. Because we use mail
notices, it is imperative that we have an accurate address on record. Be sure
to type or neatly print your complete address on the application form, and advise
us immediately of a change of address (415-473-6104).
HOW LONG DOES THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS TAKE?
Every recruitment is different. The recruitment process can range from a few
weeks to a few months depending on the job and the complexity of the selection
process. Typically there are 2-3 weeks between examination steps once the filing
period has ended. The more testing steps there are, the longer the time until
an eligible list is established and a selection made.
ONCE I HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE EXAMINATION PROCESS, HOW LONG WILL MY
NAME REMAIN ACTIVE ON THE ELIGIBLE (EMPLOYMENT) LIST?
Eligible lists usually remain in effect for a minimum of six months.
I'M CURRENTLY A COUNTY EMPLOYEE. DOES THAT GIVE ME PRIORITY?
The County encourages you to apply for promotional opportunities immediately
-- you do not need to finish your probationary period before applying. For open
recruitments (not county-wide or agency/departmental recruitments) you will
receive additional points to your overall score as a County employee who has
completed your initial probationary period and achieved a successful score on
the examination. You are also eligible for transfer to similar positions within
the County. If interested, file a transfer application to be placed on the transfer
list with the Human Resources Department. You may remain on the transfer list
for a period of six months. Your name is certified along with the candidates
that possess the top 5 scores to the hiring department.
HOW CAN I FIND OUT THE TYPICAL EDUCATION AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS FOR A SPECIFIC POSITION OR ABOUT SALARIES?
This information is available in the Marin County Human Resources office and
on our web page. Additionally, if we advertise a position vacancy, the job annoucements
will contain full information on the skills typically required of an incumbent
of the position.
I REQUIRE A PRE-EMPLOYMENT ACCOMMODATION FOR DISABILITY OR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS. WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?
Please indicate in the appropriate section of the standard application your need for accommodation for testing.
The recruiter will contact you once your application has been accepted to discuss reasonable accommodation.
Requests for accommodation in testing must be made at least one week prior to the testing event.
HOW WILL I BE CONTACTED WITH INFORMATION ABOUT THE STATUS OF MY APPLICATION?
Applicants are notified by e-mail or U.S. mail regarding the status of their
employment application and results of examination steps. If you change your
mailing address or phone after you have submitted your application, you must
contact the Human Resources Department and have your application updated.
HOW WILL I KNOW WHEN YOU’RE HIRING FOR A SPECIFIC JOB?
All current recruitments will be listed on the Job Opportunities page of our website, and on the job line at 415-473-7800.
HOW DO I APPLY FOR A JOB WITH THE COUNTY? MAY I GO DIRECTLY TO THE
DEPARTMENT OF INTEREST OR MUST I GO THROUGH HUMAN RESOURCES?
If you apply on-line, your application materials will be sent automatically to the Marin County’s
Human Resources Department. If you apply with a paper application,
you must turn in your materials to the Human Resources Department.
I HEAR THE COUNTY HAS A PROBATIONARY PERIOD. WHAT IS IT AND HOW LONG IS IT?
Probation periods are one year for all positions.
I DO NOT HAVE ACROBAT READER. HOW DO I GET IT?
You will need a recent version of Adobe's free Acrobat Reader software to view and print the application form.
Choose the link below to get the latest version of Acrobat Reader.
You will need Acrobat Reader to view document(s). If you do not have
Acrobat Reader, click on the icon to the left to download the free software.
Some new Adobe features are not supported by older versions of Acrobat Reader.
NOTE: Beginning with Version 6.0, an audio option is available for the visually impaired.
If you experience problem with Acrobat Reader, please install a newer version.
ONLINE APPLICATION QUESTIONS
HOW DO I APPLY ONLINE?
First, find a job you would like to apply for. From the Job Posting List screen,
find the job title for which you wish to apply. Click on the title (link) to
bring up the job announcement. You may wish to print the job announcement since
this announcement will not be available on line once the recruitment filing
period has ended. To print the job announcement click on the “Print” button in your
web browser. When you wish to apply, click on the Register and fill out the
application on-line link at the bottom of the page.
USER ACCOUNTS AND LOGGINS
If this is the first time you are using the on-line application system, you
will need to create an account and select a Username and password. To do so,
and fill out the application online link. If you agree with the terms, click
Instructions for the online Employment Application. Thoroughly read these instructions.
For first time applicants, you will need to click on "new registration" and
you will be asked to provide a UserID and Password. If you have filed online
before, click on existing registration. You will then be able to login to your
account with your existing UserID and Password.
IMPORTANT: As you complete your application, remember to submit (save) work in progress
as you complete each section. We also suggest creating and saving any text answers to
the supplemental questions in a word processor and then copying and pasting them into the
appropriate text box prior to submission of your application. There is also a place on the
application to attach your resume. You can either type it directly or cut and paste from a word processing program.
SUBMITTING YOUR EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION
After you’ve finished completing each section of your application and are ready to submit it for consideration,
click on the final submit button to send the application. The final submit will not work if you have not completed all sections.
The “Applicant Release of Employment Information” will come up for you to either “Accept” or “Decline”. If you “Accept”
a message will come up thanking you for applying and informing you that your application has been forwarded to
Marin County Human Resources Department. You will also receive two confirmation e-mails.
The first notice is that your application was forwarded. The second, is that your application was received by the HR Department.
If you do not receive the 2nd e-mail within a couple of days, please contact the Human Resources Department.
HOW CAN I EDIT OR DELETE INFORMATION ON MY ONLINE JOB APPLICATION?
You can continue to edit any section of your application until you make the final submission.
Once that occurs you can view and print your application but you will no longer be able to edit the
CAN I REARRANGE THE ORDER OF MY WORK HISTORY?
The JobAps system allows you to reorder your work history. Work history is found
under Part 4 of your application. Follow the instructions on the screen to re-order
I CREATED AN APPLICATION IN THE WEBSITE PREVIOUSLY AND NOW WHEN I TRY TO LOG IN,
IT DOESN'T RECOGNIZE ME OR I’VE FORGOTTEN MY USER-ID AND/OR PASSWORD. WHAT DO I DO?
There are two things that may cause this to occur.
To accept cookies and turn the notification feature off in the standard browsers:
- You are entering the incorrect UserID or password. In this case you may
send an e-mail request to email@example.com
or call (415) 473-6104. OR
Your browser must be set up to accept browser cookies, and specifically "Per-session Cookies"
(Microsoft Internet Explorer). If the problem persists, you can print a
PDF version of both the application and supplemental questionnaire form to be
completed by hand or you may contact the Marin County Human Resources Department
at (415) 473-6104 and ask to have an application packet to be sent to you.
Netscape Navigator 4.0 (Communicator 4.5):
Select Preferences from the Edit menu.
Internet Explorer 5.0:
In the Category list on the left, click Advanced.
Check the Accept all Cookies option.
Remove the check for Warn Me Before Accepting a Cookie.
Click OK to close the dialog box.
From the Tools menu, select Internet Options.
Internet Explorer 6.0:
In the dialog box, click the Security tab.
Be sure the Internet Web content zone is selected (the globe icon).
The default selection, Medium, allows cookies to be stored. You can verify cookie options by
clicking Custom Level. In the cookies section, be sure Enabled is checked for Allow Cookies
that are Stored on your Computer; and Allow Per-session Cookies (not stored).
Click OK to close the dialog box.
In Internet Explorer, click Internet Options on the Tools menu.
On the Privacy tab, move the settings slider to Low or Accept All Cookies.
TESTING RELATED QUESTIONS
HOW CAN I BEST PREPARE MYSELF TO APPLY AND TEST FOR COUNTY EMPLOYMENT?
We suggest that you keep a copy of the job announcement to help you in preparing
your answers for any supplemental questions and to use as a reference in preparing
for written and oral examinations. We also suggest that you go to the website to obtain a copy of the class
specification for the position and review the material on the specification.
The class specification provides a detailed list of duty statements for the
classification that may be used for preparation of exam questions.
WHAT KIND OF TEST(S) WILL I BE GIVEN?
There are several different kinds of tests or examinations which are used to determine the knowledge,
skills and abilities needed. Any one or a combination of tests may be given.
Testing information is usually listed on the announcement.
Below are examples of the type of tests that can be given:
It is very important that you arrive on time for any scheduled examination and bring picture identification with you.
Failure to do so may result in not being admitted to the examination.
- Written – usually multiple-choice items (but can be essay, short answer, matching, true/false, etc.)
that test specific areas of knowledge and abilities.
- Oral -- a panel asks questions to determine an applicant's qualifications to perform the essential
functions of the position. The same questions are asked of all the candidates.
- Performance or Practical -- evaluates an applicant's skills or physical abilities (swimming, equipment operations, etc.)
- Application Evaluation (candidates do not appear) – standard application and/or supplemental questionnaires, etc.
are reviewed by an analyst or panel of subject matter experts to determine possession of required knowledge,
skills and abilities. All candidates are rated against the same criteria.
Approximately two weeks after your examination, the Human Resources Department
will notify you in writing of your score and standing on the eligible list.
Please do not call the Human Resources Department to request your score. Scores
are not given over the phone.
I HAVE A DISABILITY AND NEED SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION FOR TESTING. WHAT DO I DO?
If you have a disability and need special testing arrangements, please indicate that need in the
appropriate area on the County application. You can also call the Human Resources Department at
(415) 473-6104 or TTY at (415) 473-5780. If you have not indicated that you need accommodation
on your application, you must call at least one week prior to the examination.
I WORK DURING BUSINESS HOURS; I LIVE/WORK OUT OF TOWN; I WILL BE ON VACATION ON THE DATE OF THE TEST. WILL YOU BE FLEXIBLE?
As much as we can. Please let us know as soon as possible by calling (415) 473-6104 or
e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org if there is a conflict with the process or
date of the test. When making contact, please be prepared to give us information on when you
will be available and a recruitment analyst will get back to you.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE EXAMINATION?
If you pass all the examination step(s) your name will be placed on an eligible
list and you will be notified by email or regular mail. Eligible lists are usually
active for a minimum of six months (for an open recruitment) or one year (for
a promotional exam). The top 5 scores are referred to the hiring department
for a selection interview when a vacancy occurs.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I'M REFERRED TO THE HIRING DEPARTMENT FOR A SELECTION INTERVIEW?
As you are referred to a department/agency for the final selection interview,
a letter will be sent from the Human Resources Division giving you the department/agency
contact name and telephone number to contact for an interview appointment. It
is important that you respond within seven calendar days of the date on the
notice. Candidates will be notified of selection/non-selection in writing by
the hiring department or agency.
If you do not want your name sent to a particular agency/department for the
selection interview, please contact the Human Resources Department at (415)
473-6104. If you are temporarily not available for work (for instance, for a
few months due to surgery, family emergency, etc.) notify the Human Resources
Department so your name will be inactived and you not be certified to hiring
I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS.
Contact the Human Resources Department at (415) 473-6104. We will be able to help you.