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 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

Associate Traffic Engineer

Are you looking for a position in local government that offers long term professional growth and personal achievement? Do you want a career with challenging projects and diverse opportunities? Do you want to be part of the team that is working for a stronger and safer Spokane? If you are searching for an opportunity to facilitate responsible development and build a better community, consider joining Development Service Center as an Associate Traffic Engineer.You:Are skilled in traffic engineering, curbside design and right of way concerns.Work collaboratively, understand the needs of the community and are open to new ideas and innovation.Have a degree in Transportation or Civil Engineering, are an Engineer in Training or have Professional Engineer certificates.Have at least three years of experience in professional engineering, at the professional level, with two in traffic engineering or a similarly related field.As a City of Spokane Associate Traffic Engineer, you will frequently interact with customers, endeavoring to provide a consistent, predictable and reliable permitting processes. The Development Services Center is a culture of inclusivity and collaboration, with fast paced and rewarding work. Our Associate Traffic 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 governmentjobs.com/careers/spokanecity, for the full job specification and compensation details.

This position pays $65,897.30 annual salary, payable bi-weekly, to a maximum of $93,605.00

Accepting applications until 4:00 PM Tuesday, March 9, 2021.

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Budget Analyst

Do you appreciate an intimate and collaborative office culture? Are your core values aligned with integrity and honesty? Are you an independent thinker who is willing to pitch in on the team effort? If so, a career as Budget Analyst at the City of Spokane may be the job for you!The City of Spokane’s Finance Department is looking to hire a motivated, detail-orientated Budget Analyst to join our Management and Budget team. When you join the Finance Department, you will be working among collaborative colleagues,serving multiple departments in the City of Spokane across multiple facilities including the public safety divisions, city parks, and City Council.As a Budget Analyst, you will perform a wide range of duties to include analytical, technical, and advisory functions in the municipal budgetary process.In addition to budget management and analysis, the Analyst will coordinate the development of the City’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budget.This position offers guaranteed pay increases annually and opportunities for advancement. As a City of Spokane employee, you will also be part of an excellent work environment with a rewarding compensation plan, including medical, pension and 457 plan.A career with the City of Spokane is more than a pathway to success. It is all of us, helping to build a better community, every day. If you find yourself wanting to pursue a career with the City of Spokane, then we encourage you to apply today!

This position pays $70,825.00 annual salary, payable bi-weekly, to a maximum of $100,182.00

Accepting applications until 4:00 PM Tuesday, March 16, 2021.

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Concrete Finisher

City of Spokane is seeking a highly skilled Concrete Finisher to round out our Street Department team. If you are a Concrete Finisher that is ready to hone your skills and master new ones, working hand in hand with other accomplished craft professionals, this is your chance to advance your career!The City of Spokane Street Department is an industry leader in civil construction. Our team members are extremely knowledgeable and highly experienced. As a City of Spokane Concrete Finisher, you will be working with a hardworking and dependable team. You will be responsible for the successful installation of concrete on projects, within the Spokane area. If you're ready to bring a strong work ethic, positive attitude and work with the best in the industry, the City of Spokane Street Department is right for you.Our Concrete Finishers have excellent advancement opportunities, professional development, annual pay step increases and great employee benefits, including a pension plan!Please visit the City of Spokane Career Center at governmentjobs.com/careers/spokanecity, for the full job specification and compensation details.

This position pays $44,234.30 annual salary, payable bi-weekly, to a maximum of $68,958.30

Accepting applications until 4:00 PM Tuesday, March 16, 2021.

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Deputy Director of Police Records and Evidence Facility

The City of Spokane seeks a collaborative and innovative leader for the role of:DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF POLICE RECORDS AND EVIDENCE FACILITYUnder the direction of the supervisor, plans, organizes, and directs the programs, activities, and personnel of the Spokane Police Department (SPD) Records and Property Departments. Work is complex and involves significant accountability ensuring SPD Records and Property Department activities are carried out in compliance with federal and state law and regulations and SPD policies.Work is characterized by a substantial amount of management, administrative, and supervisory duties in the organization, direction, evaluation, and operation of the SPD Records and Property Departments. Directs and evaluates the performance of assigned supervisors and staff. Establishes performance improvement and development and takes disciplinary action to address performance deficiencies in accordance with applicable Human Resources Polices and Collective Bargaining Agreements

This position pays $78,070.30 annual salary, payable bi-weekly, to a maximum of $109,495.00

Accepting applications until 11:59 PM Sunday, March 7, 2021.

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Fire Protection Engineer

Performs responsible supervisory work and/or specialized professional plan examination work in connection with reviewing plans and specifications of proposed buildings and structures and site development for conformance with City Building and Fire Codes and accepted engineering practices.

This position pays $83,812.30 annual salary, payable bi-weekly, to a maximum of $118,139.00

Accepting applications until 4:00 PM Tuesday, March 2, 2021.

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Police Officer

Are you passionate about serving others and your community? Do you have a desire to help people on a daily basis? Would others describe you as professional and ethical? If so, a career as a Police Officer at the City of Spokane may be the perfect profession for you!The Spokane Police Department (SPD) seeks applicants that are interested in joining a team of dedicated individuals to protect and serve Spokane citizens. SPD operates off the values of integrity, professionalism and compassion. SPD is committed to community outreach, public service, community policing and inclusivity.Not only does a career as a Police Officer offer various advancement opportunities and diverse career paths but also rewarding and fulfilling work. A day in the life of a Spokane Police officer means doing work, each day that is vital to our community.Police Officers also receive an excellent benefits package including a pension plan and annual salary increases!Why choose the Spokane region:Why do locals love Spokane? It may depend on whom you ask but most will tell you it is because of the abundance of outdoor recreation, numerous waterways within a close driving distance, arts and culture, a plethora of breweries and wineries, and a rich food scene in the vibrant downtown core. With its natural beauty, entertainment, award winning K-12 schools and excellent colleges and universities it's no wonder why Spokane continues to grow! Learn more about our city here.

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 - Certified

Have you successfully completed of the Washington State Criminal Justice Basic Law Enforcement Academy? Are you passionate about serving others and your community? Do you have a desire to help people on a daily basis? Would others describe you as professional and ethical? If you answered yes to these questions, a career as a Police Officer at the City of Spokane may be the perfect profession for you!The Spokane Police Department (SPD) seeks applicants that are interested in joining a team of dedicated individuals to protect and serve Spokane citizens. SPD operates off the values of integrity, professionalism and compassion. SPD is committed to community outreach, public service, community policing and inclusivity.Not only does a career as a Police Officer offer various advancement opportunities and diverse career paths but also rewarding and fulfilling work. A day in the life of a Spokane Police officer means doing work, each day that is vital to our community.Police Officers also receive an excellent benefits package including a pension plan and annual salary increases!Why choose the Spokane region:Why do locals love Spokane? It may depend on whom you ask but most will tell you it is because of the abundance of outdoor recreation, numerous waterways within a close driving distance, arts and culture, a plethora of breweries and wineries, and a rich food scene in the vibrant downtown core. With its natural beauty, entertainment, award winning K-12 schools and excellent colleges and universities it's no wonder why Spokane continues to grow! Learn more about our city here.

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

Are you currently serving as a law enforcement officer, or have you recently left your officer position in good standing? Are you interested in continuing your career in public safety? If so, coming to work for the City of Spokane could be your next great career move!The Spokane Police Department (SPD) seeks applicants that are interested in joining a team of dedicated individuals to protect and serve Spokane citizens. SPD operates off the values of integrity, professionalism and compassion. SPD is committed to community outreach, public service, community policing and inclusivity.SPD offers a generous compensation package that includes a pension plan and annual pay increases!Why choose the Spokane region:Why do locals love Spokane? It may depend on whom you ask but most will tell you it is because of the abundance of outdoor recreation, numerous waterways within a close driving distance, arts and culture, a plethora of breweries and wineries, and a rich food scene in the vibrant downtown core. With its natural beauty, entertainment, award winning K-12 schools and excellent colleges and universities it's no wonder why Spokane continues to grow! Learn more about our city here.

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

Do you have one year of continuous experience (full time or equivalent) as a Police Radio Dispatcher? Have you been employed in the last 18 months as a law enforcement radio dispatcher utilizing a Computer Aided Dispatch System? If so, coming to work for the City of Spokane could be your next great career move!The Spokane Police Department (SPD) seeks applicants that are interested in joining a team of dedicated individuals to protect and serve Spokane citizens. SPD operates off the values of integrity, professionalism and compassion.SPD offers a generous compensation package that includes a pension plan and annual pay increases!Why choose the Spokane region:Why do locals love Spokane? It may depend on whom you ask but most will tell you it is because of the abundance of outdoor recreation, numerous waterways within a close driving distance, arts and culture, a plethora of breweries and wineries, and a rich food scene in the vibrant downtown core. With its natural beauty, entertainment, award winning K-12 schools and excellent colleges and universities it's no wonder why Spokane continues to grow! Learn more about our city here.

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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Public Works Journey Level Inspector

The City of Spokane Engineering Services Department is looking to hire a driven, detail-orientated Public Works Journey Level Inspector to join our team. When you join the Engineering Services Department, you will work among collaborative and energetic colleagues who share a passion for serving our Spokane citizens and improving the community in which we live and work.The Engineering Services Department is the design and construction arm for the City of Spokane. Weprovide design and construction management for the utility and street projects.You would be responsible for inspecting public works projects for compliance with specifications and ordinances. A successful applicant possesses the knowledge to interpret engineer drawings and specifications. In addition a Public Works Journey Level Inspector should demonstrate a sound understanding of public works construction and strong interpersonal skills.This position offers guaranteed pay increases annually and opportunities for advancement. As a City of Spokane employee, you will also be part of an excellent work environment with a great compensation plan, including medical, pension and 457 plan.A career with the City of Spokane is more than a pathway to success. It's all of us, helping to build a better community, every day. If you find yourself wanting to pursue a career with the City of Spokane, then we encourage you to apply today!

This position pays $44,234.30 annual salary, payable bi-weekly, to a maximum of $68,958.30

Accepting applications until 4:00 PM Tuesday, March 2, 2021.

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Senior Engineer

Performs work in planning, preliminary engineering, design, and construction of several concurrent Public Works projects and systems, normally as a team leader.

This position pays $78,070.30 annual salary, payable bi-weekly, to a maximum of $111,123.00

Accepting applications until 4:00 PM Tuesday, March 2, 2021.

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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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