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Thank you for your interest in applying to work for the City of New Haven where we are committed to fostering a community that embraces and celebrates diversity, equity and inclusion.  We recognize that our strength lies in the unique backgrounds, experiences and perspectives of all our residents and employees, and we are dedicated to creating an environment where everyone feels valued, respected and empowered.

Our City is enriched by the diversity of its people, and we believe in creating a welcoming and inclusive space for individuals of all races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, abilities, ages, religions, socio-economic backgrounds and anyone whose status is protected by local, state or federal law. We are committed to eliminating discrimination and promoting fairness in all aspects of the employment lifecycle with the City.

The City of New Haven is committed to being a leader in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion and we invite you to join us on this journey towards a more just and equitable future.

Employment with the City

The Application Process for Positions within the City of New Haven

What jobs may I apply for?

The City of New Haven accepts applications for positions which are currently posted and advertised. Occasionally, jobs will be posted as a “Promotional Only” title. In that case, only current City of New Haven employees meeting minimum requirements or those on a Layoff Recall list may apply.

How do I apply?
The Department of Human Resources has transitioned to online job applications. The job posting will instruct you on how to apply to the position, and if any other materials are required.
You may click here to visit the Online Job Application Portal.
  • You must complete a City of New Haven application for each position for which you are interested in. You may also attach a resume if appropriate.

  • Pay close attention to deadline dates of posted positions. Late applications cannot be accepted nor considered.

  • Additionally, some positions have “Special Requirements” or require certain certifications. Read the Requirements sections carefully.
I want to apply for several of the jobs listed. Do I need to fill out a separate application for each job classification?

Yes. Every submission is evaluated separately based on the classification for which you are applying. It is therefore necessary to complete in a separate application for each job classification.

What if the job I am interested in is not posted?
The City of New Haven is only able to process applications for positions which are currently posted. Check back to our job listing page frequently.
What does “non-tested” mean?

Many positions are listed as “Non-Tested Positions.” These are vacancies which are filled from a pool of qualified candidates. If you are interested in a “Non-Tested Position”, complete the application before the deadline date. Be sure to pay attention to application instructions.

Applications for “Non-Tested Positions” are reviewed by the Department of Human Resources and screened for minimum qualifications. All applicants will be notified by email of the status of their application. The department filing the position may contact several qualified candidates for interview prior to making a selection for hire.

What does “tested” mean?
For positions listed as “Tested,” you must first complete an application before the deadline date. Be sure to pay attention to application instructions.
Your application will be reviewed to see if you meet the minimum requirements as stated in the job posting.  If you do not, you will be notified by email with the reason for disqualification and further instructions. If you do qualify, you will receive information by email regarding an examination process to take place at a later date.
How do I take this test?
You will be notified by email how to proceed in the examination or testing process for the position which you have applied for. There are several different methods the City uses in the testing process. You may be given a written exam, an oral exam, a performance exam, a rating of your training and experience, a credential review, or a combination of these.
Information regarding the method of testing will be provided to you. There is usually no way to study for these exams, as they will test common knowledge as related to the specific job.  However, if there are study or preparation suggestions, you will be notified in your exam notice.
Your exam notice also may contain special instructions for continuing in the process, or directions to test sites. Be sure to read your exam notice very carefully.
What does the phrase “General Funds” or “Special Funds” refer to?
General Funded employees are employees paid on an ongoing basis by the operating budget of for the City of New Haven. Special Funded employees are paid by special grants that may be continued in funding at the discretion of the grant provider, or the grant may expire.
Are there Residency or Veteran’s Preference Points available?
There may be residency or veteran’s preference points available for the exam you participate in. Information, if applicable, will be included in your exam notice.
Promotional positions are not eligible for preference points.
How can I request special accommodation?
Details on requesting special accommodation will be included in your test notice.


What happens after an exam process?
  • After the exam process, the results are scored. These scores and subsequent ranking of scores are certified by the Civil Service Commission at their next available monthly meeting.
  • After this certification, you may be notified by email whether or not you have passed or failed the examination. If you have passed, your rank on the Civil Service Eligible List will be announced in your result letter together with your final score.
  • The top three (3) ranks on the eligible list are then referred to the hiring authority who then may contact candidates in these ranks for interviews. You may receive a notice from the hiring department or via the Department of Human Resources, to confirm your continued interest, or to schedule an interview. Please reply as instructed in such notice – it will include a response deadline. Candidates who do not respond by given deadlines will be removed from the Eligible List; it is important to respond promptly!
  • Interviews may occur in person or remotely, by a single hiring manager, or by a panel of staff.
  • Unfortunately, placement on an Eligibility List does not guarantee an interview or an offer of employment.
  • Note that in some instances, a hiring decision is reached before all individuals who have been referred have had an opportunity for an interview.
  • Per Civil Service Rules, candidates are removed from an Eligible List after they decline two opportunities for employment for the position; opportunities include interviews.
  • Eligible Lists typically remain active for a period of at least one year, and are sometimes extended (in 3 month increments to a maximum of 2 yrs.) based on the operational needs of the hiring department.
  • There are separate Eligible Lists for each tested position. If you wish to be considered for more than one position, you must apply and test for each position.
  • Candidates who are not interviewed, not hired, or not otherwise removed from an Eligible List remain on that List while it is still active.
  • If selected for employment, you may receive a verbal offer from the hiring manager. Selected candidates also receive an offer letter from Human Resources, which details salary, our pre-employment process, benefits, and other related information.
  • Additional information is available from our: Civil Service Rules

Please note that employment with the City of New Haven is contingent upon the successful completion of the following:

  1. A pre-employment physical examination including a pre-employment drug screening, in accordance with the City’s Drug Free Workplace Policy. If there is a confirmed positive test for a controlled substance (including cannabis), then the offer of employment may be withdrawn. Holders of active Medical Marijuana cards will submit a copy of their medical card along with an ADA accommodation request prior to the completion of the drug screen. The Department of Services for Persons with Disabilities will review and determine whether an accommodation may be made. Note also that the drug screening must be completed within 3 business days of submitting your Acceptance.
  2. A pre-employment background check completed by the Connecticut State Police Bureau of Identification;
  3. A probationary period, the length of which is determined by the corresponding bargaining agreement. The probationary period shall be regarded as a significant part of the examination process for permanent appointment. During this period, an employee may be rejected at any time by the appointing authority if they do not meet employment standards, and such an employee shall be discharged without the right of appeal.

Some positions may include additional pre-employment requirements. Instructions and information on the pre-employment process are included in Conditional Offer of Employment.

The City of New Haven is an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/D. The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires the hiring of only American Citizens and aliens who are authorized to work in the United States.


Pursuant to the Federal Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988, The City of New Haven has a adopted a Drug Free Workplace Policy. The City of New Haven requires a pre-employment drug test, which includes screening for marijuana.