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Employment Requirements/Information

The provisions contained in job postings do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.

For information on City of San Diego employment opportunities, please see our list of job postings under Current City Jobs.

Application/Employment Information

  • Requirements must be met at time of application unless otherwise stated.
  • Starting salaries will be determined by the hiring department.
  • The hiring department with a vacancy will contact and interview eligible candidates as needed. All candidates may not be contacted. The final selection and conditional offer of employment is made by the hiring department, not the Personnel Department.
  • After hire, you will be required to sign a loyalty of oath and may be required to live in San Diego County.
  • Relevant part-time and volunteer work will be evaluated toward meeting the required experience, unless otherwise stated.
  • Unless otherwise stated, relevant experience may be substituted for education.
  • Eligible lists may be used on a periodic basis. As such, lists may not be used for several months. Eligible lists may be extended by the Civil Service Commission.
  • Examination requirements and processes may be revised.
  • Experience, education, and all other information provided by an applicant orally or in writing are subject to verification.
  • Copy your application if you will need it for further reference.
  • The City of San Diego supports non-discrimination in the work place and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, religion, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, veteran status, marital status, medical condition, gender identity, sexual orientation, as well as any other category protected by federal, state, or local laws. The City is committed to making its jobs, programs, and services accessible to all persons and complies with all ADA non-discrimination requirements in its employment practices.
  • Any misrepresentations or false statements during or after the employment process may be cause for disqualification or dismissal from employment.


The minimum age for most full-time employment is 18, unless you are 17 and a high school graduate. The job posting will specify the age limit when it differs.


You must have the legal right to work in the United States or be a United States citizen. Persons hired must present acceptable proof of identity and the legal right to work in the United States and the authenticity of the documents must be verified before employment begins. Individuals employed in jobs subject to Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States who are eligible for and have applied for United States citizenship.

City Medical Examination

Any employment offer is conditional pending the results of all pre-employment screening processes required for the job, which may include but are not limited to the following: completion of a pre-employment medical review/exam (which may include drug/alcohol testing); reference checks; and a fingerprint check. All of these processes must be successfully completed before employment begins.

Note: A positive test for alcohol, illegal drugs or inadequately explained prescription drugs, misrepresentation, falsification, or omission of pertinent facts in any step of the screening/selection process may be cause for disqualification and/or termination of employment.

Conviction Record Form

A conviction record form must be submitted before hire. On it you must list all criminal convictions you have had. A criminal record is not necessarily a basis for disqualification from City employment. Each applicant's conviction record will be evaluated on a case by case basis considering the type and seriousness of the crime, how much time has elapsed, and the nature of the job for which you are being considered.

Covid-19 Vaccination

In accordance with City policy, employees are to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by their start date.


  • “Fully vaccinated” means a person has received, at least 14 days prior, either the second dose in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or otherwise meets the criteria for full vaccination against COVID-19 as stated in applicable public health guidance, orders, or law. Acceptable COVID-19 vaccines must either be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or authorized for emergency use by the FDA or the World Health Organization.  
  • Candidates who receive a conditional job offer will be required to provide proof of their full COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Employees and candidates with a disability or medical condition that makes it medically inadvisable for them to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, as verified by their healthcare provider, or those with a sincerely held religious belief, observance, or practice that prevents them from receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, may request reasonable accommodation and exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement. Candidates who receive a conditional job offer and wish to make a request for accommodation will be provided with more information. The City will review requests for medical or religious accommodation on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. A candidate’s start date may be adjusted to allow for the accommodation process.

Promotional Job Openings (for current City employees ONLY)

To apply for Promotional Job Openings, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a current City of San Diego employee, or currently be on a Re-employment List or Leave of Absence.
  • Have six months of continuous City of San Diego employment in the Classified Service immediately prior to the application closing date or, if no closing date is specified, by date of application filing (exceptions: Persons recently hired from Re-employment Lists, and employees in the Unclassified Service if the employee has six months in the Classified Service with no break in service, prior to becoming an Unclassified employee).
  • Have “Meets Standards” performance in your current position.

For a list of current openings for City employees see Promotional Job Openings.

Transfer Job Openings (for current City employees ONLY)

If you are a City of San Diego employee interested in applying for a transfer job opening you must meet the minimum qualifications specified on the job posting. If interested and you meet the minimum requirements call the contact person no later than the date shown. The hiring department is not obligated to interview everyone on the transfer list and may choose not to select from the transfer list at all.

To apply for Transfer Job Openings, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a current City of San Diego employee.
  • Meet the minimum qualifications for the classification.
  • Be in a class for which E-step is paid the same as or more than E-step of the class to which transfer is desired.
  • Have “Meets Standards” performance in your current position.

For a list of current openings for City employees, see PDF icon Transfer Opportunities