Why Eureka ?

About the City of Eureka

Situated along the spectacular Northern California coastline 280 miles north of San Francisco, the City of Eureka is one of the California’s best-kept secrets.  The City is bordered on one side by beautiful and functional Humboldt Bay, and on the other by mountains lush with giant redwoods, both of which offer a reminder of the area’s rich logging and fishing heritage.  A variety of cultural opportunities are available in Eureka, including public art, and active theater, music and artisan venues.
 Eureka has all of the amenities of a larger town with a small town atmosphere, including a nearby state university and community college, short commutes, and abundant community events.  The City’s scenic beauty is enhanced with famous Victorian architecture. Residents enjoy moderate weather throughout the year which allows for the abundance of outdoor recreational activities such as boating, sports fishing, kayaking, hunting, birding, hiking and backpacking.

City Government

Eureka was incorporated as a Charter City in 1874 and serves as the Humboldt County seat.  The City has more than 242 full-time employees who deliver quality municipal services to its approximately 28,600 citizens, many of whom are active in the community.  Eureka’s annual operating budget of about $63.1 million supports a full service city including Police, Public Works, Parks and Recreation, Marina, Development Services, and a public Zoo.  The City has a cooperative and supportive executive team, all working under the leadership of a City Manager.

Employment Information

How to Apply:

You can now apply online by clicking on the job title you are interested in and clicking on the "Apply" link! If this is the first time you are applying using our online job application, you will need to create an account and select a Username and Password. After your account has been established, you can build an application by clicking on the "Build Job Application" link.

You are required to provide a valid email address as you will receive an email confirming that your application was received by the City of Eureka. You should receive this confirmation email shortly after clicking the "Send" button. Following is a list of jobs currently available with the City of Eureka. For more information, please click on the job title for which you are interested. We strongly recommend you print the job announcement for future reference.

Please note the following important information:

  • All applicants must submit a City of Eureka employment application, along with any other required documents listed on the job announcement in order to be considered in the selection process.
  • Your online application can be saved and used to apply for more than one job opening. Resumes are only accepted when attached to an online application completed for an open recruitment.
  • Applications and attachments must be received in the Personnel Department by 11:59 p.m.(Pacific Time) on the final filing date.
  • Online applications are stored on a secure site. Only authorized employees and hiring supervisors have access to information submitted.

Salary:

The wage or salary range is shown on the announcement. Advancement within the range is in accordance with wage and salary resolutions approved by City Council.

Selection Procedure:

All completed applications and supplemental applications will be reviewed. Based on the information provided in the application documents, the best qualified applicants will be invited for further examination. All applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phases of the examination. Depending upon the number of applications received, the examination may consist of an application screening, written exam, practical exam, oral interview or any combination of these. Backgrounds are carefully checked.

Hiring Procedures:

Employment eligibility lists are established by ranking candidates according to their overall score by examination (written and/or oral). The candidates must be successful in each part of the examination. To fill each vacancy, the hiring department will request applicants from the employment list, and will make a selection from the list. Lists remain in effect for a period to be determined by the Personnel Director.

Medical Requirements:

A medical examination must be completed satisfactorily after an offer of employment and before a starting date to ensure that essential functions of a position can be performed; some positions may also require psychological testing.

Substance Use Testing:

The City of Eureka promotes a drug-free workplace. Substance use testing will be conducted prior to reporting for work.

Loyalty Oath:

All City employees are required to take and sign an Oath of Office.

Probationary Period:

Employees serve a probationary period ranging from six (6) months to one and a half years depending upon the classification of the position. An employee may be terminated without cause and recourse during the probationary period.