Important Notice to All Job Applicants
We are pleased to learn of your interest in working for the City of Cambridge. Below please find general information on different job categories and an outline of the City’s hiring procedures. We will do our best to answer any additional questions you have regarding current employment opportunities.
Cambridge residents are especially encouraged to apply.
Vacant positions are posted for internal bidding for eligible current active City employees. During the posting period we may also accept outside applications and conduct additional recruitment programs as appropriate.
The majority of City jobs are subject to civil service rules and procedures. Listed below are explanations of the types of civil service employment
Laboring jobs are filled through the Labor Service registration where applicants are placed on waiting lists and ranked in order of registration date with qualified veterans and widowed unremarried spouses or parents of veterans who died from service connected disability receiving 1st preference. A list of Labor Service job titles with entrance requirements is on display in the City’s Personnel Department (City Hall Room 309).
A separate registration list is maintained for entry level Labor Service jobs for those applicants who meet the qualifications of “Section 47A” certification for disadvantaged persons. Information regarding these qualifications along with the application procedure is outlined on a separate sheet available in the Personnel Department.
Registration cards are mailed to all registrants indicating a registration number. Labor Service registration is valid for five years subject to all provisions of civil service laws and rules. Applicants who wish to renew their registration may do so six months before or six months after their fifth year anniversary. Failure to renew will result in removal from the Labor Service register.
Labor applications are accepted whether or not there is a current position vacant. The staff of the Personnel Department in City Hall is available to assist you. Our hours of operation are Monday 8:30 am- 8:00pm, Tuesday through Thursday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, and Friday 8:30 am until 12 noon. Information is available regarding your registration and current ranking on the Labor service eligible lists. Please do not hesitate to stop by our office at CITY HALL (Room 309) or to call us with questions at 617-349-4332. Click here to download a Labor Service Application (PDF).
OFFICIAL SERVICE/PUBLIC SAFETY
Official Service jobs are those for which an examination is generally required and include all clerical, administrative, technical, and professional positions in all nonexempt departments. These positions are filled on a permanent basis primarily as the result of open competitive exams administered by the Massachusetts Human Resources Division. Entry level police officer and fire fighter examinations and physical abilities tests are also administered by the Massachusetts Human Resources Division. Additional information is available at HRD, One Ashburton Place, Boston, MA 02108. Information is also available on the HRD website at http://www.mass.gov/hrd. For your convenience we have a supply of exam applications along with announcements of upcoming examinations, when posted.
NON CIVIL SERVICE
We maintain our own applicant and affirmative action pools for referral to jobs that are exempt from civil service and for provisional appointments to those jobs subject to civil service but where no current valid eligible list exists. If you see a specific job listing of interest, please follow the instructions on the job announcement. The majority of our positions require applying by filing a resume and letter of interest for a specific position. If you meet the minimum requirements for skills and experience we may make a referral where possible to a position that becomes vacant if appropriate. Position listings can be viewed on the City of Cambridge website at www.cambridgema.gov under JOBS.
SEASONAL LABORER LOTTERY PROGRAM
There are a limited number of 40 hour, 9 week seasonal laborer assignments open to current Cambridge residents who are willing/able to perform heavy labor duties, with or without reasonable accommodation. Applicants will be selected by lottery from those who apply. To be eligible for the seasonal lottery, please complete a new seasonal laborer lottery application form & fitness statement and submit to Personnel Dept, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA 02139. Fax 617-349-4312. An application will be valid for one year after filing. Only one application per person in each twelve month period will be eligible for the lottery. In the case of multiple applications, the first complete application received will be eligible for the lottery. Click here to download an application packet.
The staff of the Personnel Department in City Hall is available to assist you. Our hours of operation are Monday 8:30 am- 8:00pm, Tuesday through Thursday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, and Friday 8:30 am until 12 noon. Please do not hesitate to stop by our office at CITY HALL (Room 309) or to call us with questions at (617) 349-4332.