Classified 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. Please visit the exempt position webpage for additional information.

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 governmentjobs.com, 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

Accounting Clerk

Performs varied and difficult entry-level accounting work for a variety of internal customer departments.
Accepting applications until 11:59 PM Sunday, July 21, 2019
This position pays $36,907.50 annual salary, payable bi-weekly, to a maximum of $57,992.10



Cash Accounting Clerk I

Performs cashier work in the receipt and disbursement of money.
Accepting applications until 11:59 PM Sunday, July 28, 2019
This position pays $33,760.90 annual salary, payable bi-weekly, to a maximum of $52,214.60



Firefighter (Open-Entry)

Performs general duty firefighting work in the preventing, combating, and extinguishing of fires and emergency medical functions.
Accepting applications until further notice
This position pays $40,444.60 annual salary, payable bi-weekly, to a maximum of $80,894.20



Park Equipment Specialist

Performs skilled journey level work in the repair, maintenance, and fabrication of parts for grounds maintenance equipment and turf management equipment.
Accepting applications until 11:59 PM Sunday, August 18, 2019
This position pays $42,190.10 annual salary, payable bi-weekly, to a maximum of $65,732.30



Performance Auditor

This position provides direct support in management and analysis of City operations, specifically working in the areas of internal audits and process improvements for compliance with governing rules. Advance open and accountable government through accurate, independent, and objective financial performance reviews and investigations that seek to improve the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of City government.
Accepting applications until 11:59 PM Wednesday, July 31, 2019
This position pays $77,381.30 annual salary, payable bi-weekly, to a maximum of $103,252.00



Police Officer

**Now accepting applications from candidates who have taken and passed the Public Safety Testing, Inc. exam for the City of Spokane.  PST score must be less than six months old**Performs general duty police work in the enforcement of laws and ordinances.
Accepting applications until further notice
This position pays $48,587.80 annual salary, payable bi-weekly, to a maximum of $84,459.60



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.
Accepting applications until further notice
This position pays $55,269.40 annual salary, payable bi-weekly, to a maximum of $84,459.60



Police Radio Dispatcher II - Lateral

Performs responsible and skilled communications work receiving and transmitting over police radio, intercom, and telephone.
Accepting applications until further notice
This position pays $44,862.80 annual salary, payable bi-weekly, to a maximum of $71,789.60



Public Defender I

Performs entry-level professional legal work in defending indigent clients referred by the Municipal Probation Department or Municipal Court against misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor charges before the Municipal Court and occasionally before Spokane County District and Superior Courts.
Accepting applications until 11:59 PM Sunday, July 21, 2019
This position pays $57,065.00 annual salary, payable bi-weekly, to a maximum of $68,384.10



Senior Engineer

Performs work in planning, preliminary engineering, design, and construction of several concurrent Public Works projects and systems, normally as a team leader.
Accepting applications until further notice
This position pays $78,070.30 annual salary, payable bi-weekly, to a maximum of $105,256.00



Supervisory DBA

Supervisory Database AdminstratorThe City of Spokane's Innovation and Technology Services Division (ITSD) is seeking a driven Supervisory Database Administrator to come join our friendly, committed and dynamic team. This position has a working title of Senior Data Architect. This is an incredible opportunity to join an innovative group that thrives on collaboration and teamwork. ITSD provides a variety of services to every department in the City. Because of this horizontal integration, ITSD team members have a unique opportunity to work cross-functionally throughout the organization on projects that benefit our community now and help prepare us for the future!   The person selected for this position will serve as the City's lead data designer; defining data standards for data modeling, data quality, metadata management, data organization, data storage, and data movement. They will lead and supervise data management projects, functions and staff as well as serve as the primary City interface for data managemen
Accepting applications until 11:59 PM Sunday, July 21, 2019
This position pays $75,606.50 annual salary, payable bi-weekly, to a maximum of $101,790.00



Temp Seasonal - Riverfront Park

Positions include: Attraction Attendant Retail Attendant Food Service Attendant Facilities Maintenance Attendant Ice Maintenance Attendant Grounds Maintenance Attendant Park Lead
Accepting applications until 12:35 PM Sunday, August 11, 2019
This position pays $12.00 per hour




Contact Information

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

Email: civilservice@spokanecity.org
Phone: 509.625.6160
Fax: 509.625.6077
TTY: 509.625.6681
24-hour Job Info Line: 509.625.6161

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