Classified and Exempt Positions

What is a classified position? Classified positions are covered by the civil service system, which means that applicants are determined to be qualified based on their ability to do the job and their job-related qualifications. The hiring process for these positions involves competitive testing to ensure non-merit factors (anything other than ability/qualifications) are avoided. This process is in place to keep city jobs open to anyone and to help ensure that the City has a qualified workforce. There are both Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) status exempt and non-exempt opportunities within the civil service system. Please scroll down to see current career opportunities.

So, then what exactly is an exempt position? Exempt positions, as referenced on the jobs page, are politically appointed positions and are outside of the civil service system. Exempt in this case does not necessarily reflect FLSA status. These positions are hired through the Human Resources department and are not reflected in the postings below.

Regardless of the employment path you are seeking, we encourage you to explore the many career opportunities available throughout the City! The wide array of services provided to the public by classified city staff offer unique and fulfilling job opportunities in nearly every field. We currently have 357 different job classifications, representing approximately 95 percent of the City’s full-time regular staff.

In addition to the wide array of positions, the City offers competitive salary and benefits packages, coupled with the rewarding opportunity to work in public service and make a difference in our community! Connect your passion with a purpose at the City of Spokane!

Please note:
  • Applications are accepted online via, our online candidate portal.
  • Applications will not be accepted after the posted deadline. Do not wait until the last minute to fill out your application. Give yourself time in case you have technical difficulties.
  • If you experience technical difficulties with any part of the application process please call the Applicant Support Line at 1.855.524.5627. This line is open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. pacific time, Monday through Friday.
  • Read and follow all instructions contained in the job announcement. All qualifying information must be included in your application at the time of submission. Applications that do not comply with posted instructions and incomplete applications may be rejected.

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Still have questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out! The Civil Service team is a passionate group of folks who are happy to help you navigate our system! Spokane is a great place to work, live, and play – and we hope you consider us as consider your next career move!

The City of Spokane is an EEO / Veterans Preference Employer.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity within our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, familial status, genetic information, veteran/military status, or disability status. As a Fair Chance employer, the City of Spokane does not conduct initial background screening for non-public safety positions.

Current Opportunities

Associate Engineer

If you are an amazing engineer who wants to make a difference in the future of your community and work at an incredible company, keep reading!Integrated Capital Management is City of Spokane's award winning think-tank. They prove innovative ideas, new technology and pilot projects. This incredible team brainstorm solutions, with a one-water mindset and triple bottom line lens, while connecting those concepts into the current operational systems and regular maintenance.You: Are a talented and innovative professional Enjoy working with a team, to create incredible projects. Think strategically and consider all project impacts. Are experienced in the SWMM engine model software for sewer and stormwater projects. Have never been satisfied with business as usual.Data driven decisions to support a thriving community through creative solutions is this team’s focus.Our Engineers have excellent advancement opportunities, professional development, annual pay step increases, a flexible schedule and great employee benefits, including a pension plan!Please visit the City of Spokane Career Center at, for the full job specification and compensation details.

This position pays $65,897.30 annual salary, payable bi-weekly, to a maximum of $91,329.10

Accepting applications until 4:00 PM Tuesday, July 21, 2020.

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Certified Boiler Inspector

City of Spokane's Development Services Center (DSC) is currently seeking a Certified Boiler Inspector to join our team! DSC's mission is to facilitate development for a stronger and safer Spokane and is always striving for consistency and proactive collaboration, to resolve issues within a team setting.This position will serve as the sole Boiler Inspector for the City of Spokane and requires the ability to work independently and as a part of a greater team. This vital role ensures the safety of our devices, where people congregate throughout our community. The ideal candidate is motivated, efficient and process improvement focused.Requirements You have considerable knowledge of boiler inspection techniques, practices and regulations. You have been certified by the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors.No travel is required for this position and work locations are located within the Spokane area. Our Boiler Inspectors receive access to ongoing professional development funding, a flexible working schedule and great employee benefits, including a pension plan!

This position pays $53,747.20 annual salary, payable bi-weekly, to a maximum of $88,514.50

Accepting applications until 4:00 PM Tuesday, July 7, 2020.

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Crime Analyst

Spokane Police Department (SPD) is currently seeking a Crime Analyst to join the Crime and Intelligence Analysis Team! SPD Crime Analysis is known for their proactive analysis, forward thinking, and is often chosen as a model by other regional units for their innovation.  SPD is looking for an individual who is innovative, able to think creatively, sometimes out of the box, and be able to fit well in a team environment. Common values include integrity, professionalism, and compassion. A successful team member shows a strong desire for the units, agency, and community to succeed.  Our Crime Analysts are encouraged to further their training whether on-the-job or formally. Various perks include the potential for an alternative work schedule, amazing employee benefits, and a pension plan!  If you find yourself wanting to be part of an exceptional team, then we encourage you to apply today!!!

This position pays $45,034.00 annual salary, payable bi-weekly, to a maximum of $70,332.20

Accepting applications until 4:00 PM Tuesday, July 14, 2020.

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Police Officer

Candidates who have taken and passed the Public Safety Testing, Inc. Law Enforcement Exam and have sent their scores to City of Spokane will be invited to apply for the position of Police Officer. PST score must be less than one year old. 

This position pays $48,587.80 annual salary, payable bi-weekly, to a maximum of $84,459.60

Accepting applications until further notice.

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Police Officer - Lateral

Performs general duty police work in the enforcement of laws and ordinances. Lateral Police Officers start at $55,269.36 - $75,418.56 annually, depending on experience.

This position pays $55,269.40 annual salary, payable bi-weekly, to a maximum of $84,459.60

Accepting applications until further notice.

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Police Radio Dispatcher II - Lateral

Performs responsible and skilled communications work receiving and transmitting over police radio, intercom, and telephone.

This position pays $46,140.60 annual salary, payable bi-weekly, to a maximum of $73,835.90

Accepting applications until further notice.

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Water and Hydroelectric Services Director

DEPARTMENT PURPOSEProvide safe and reliable drinking water services for the health and safety of the community by maintaining the water system infrastructure and ensuring adequate water for fire protection.POSITION PURPOSEResponsible leadership of the Water and Hydroelectric Services Department by setting policy and directing various functional units of the department including maintenance and construction, taps and meters, and planning coordination. Also manage the operation of the City's Upriver Dam, a FERC regulated hydroelectric project, wells and pump stations. Provide continuous review of operational procedures in the various divisions and initiate changes as necessary.SUPERVISION EXERCISEDHas complete responsibility for guidance and direction of all employees in the Water and Hydroelectric Services Department. Provide leadership to direct and indirect reports in professional, administrative, and technical positions.WORKING CONDITIONSWork is conducted primarily in an office setting. It involves frequent attendance at meetings to include some irregular hours and potentially out-of-town travel. Incumbents in this classification are expected to communicate verbally, in person, and by telephone. A computer terminal is used and requires the use of repetitive arm movements.

This position pays $100,516.00 annual salary, payable bi-weekly, to a maximum of $138,205.00

Accepting applications until further notice.

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Contact Information

Civil Service Commission
4th Floor, City Hall
808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99201

Phone: 509.625.6160
Fax: 509.625.6077
TTY: 509.625.6681
24-hour Job Info Line: 509.625.6161

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