Jobs & Recruitment


When you bring your career to the City of Novato, the work you do affects the lives of our 53,000 residents. From maintenance workers who ensure our City remains groomed and polished, to engineers who design the streets and intersections, to our front-counter staff who directly interact with the public every day as resources of information, everyone here has a role to play in serving Novato residents. When employees can see the impact of their contributions, they excel.

Our secret ingredient: our employees

Because of our lean structure, our employees are experts in their disciplines and their ideas are highly valued. Collaboration is at the core of solving our City’s problems and challenges. In Novato, our employees’ knowledge and hard-work make it an efficiently run organization. Our collegial environment is all about sharing this knowledge and helping each other evolve and grow as a team.

Share our values? Join our team!

We’re looking to add enthusiastic, talented, public service-oriented people to join us in providing top-notch service to our community.

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View a complete list of our job descriptions
View our salary schedule (effective 7/1/15)


As of January 2013, we no longer accept paper applications for any of our positions. Please visit and register; it's free. Once you have an applicant profile on, you can begin to apply for our posted positions. 


Application Screening
Application screening is a procedure used to qualify individuals for the next phase of the recruitment process. During this process, requirements such as experience, training, or education of each applicant are reviewed. Make sure to include the required documents with your application packet and clearly state your qualifying background on your application form. Ensure that your application is complete. 

Written Examination
A written examination is sometimes used to test specific, technical knowledge related to a certain job. The test may consist of any combination of multiple choice, true/false, completion or identification items or it might be experiential. Since many of these written examinations are job-specific, a careful review of the job announcement will provide you with an overview of the technical knowledge needed for the job.

Oral Board Procedures
The City of Novato uses subject matter experts as raters on its panels during its personnel interview process.

Every person who submits an application to the City should not automatically expect to be scheduled for a personal interview with a rating panel. Interview slots for this purpose will be determined by the number of top-rated competitors. Only the best qualified persons will be invited to participate in the personnel interviews, which we call oral boards.

Typically ten to twelve persons are invited to compete for an opening. With multiple openings, this number increases to accommodate the maximum number of persons who can fit into a day's interview schedule. The use of one day to interview is a standard.


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