• How do I apply for a job with the City?

Employment applications are available online for download or at the City’s Human Resources counter during regular business hours (Monday-Thursday 7:30a.m-5:30p.m.).  Once you have completed the application along with any supplemental materials, you may submit your hard copy by mail, e-mail, fax or in person to:

Human Resources
City of Watsonville
275 Main St., Suite 400 (4th Floor)
Watsonville, CA 95076
Phone: 831-768-3020
Fax: (831)761-0736

Make sure your application is received by the filing deadline to qualify for consideration. Postmarks are not accepted.

  • Do I have to submit a hard copy application for a job posting?

Applicants may submit applications by mail, fax, in person, or as a .pdf attachment sent to Human Resources via e-mail to the e-mail address listed on the application. Currently, the City does not have the capability of completing and submitting applications on-line.

  • What application materials do I need to submit?

Each position may require different application materials to be submitted. At the very least, every position requires a completed City application. In addition, some positions may require a resume, completion of supplemental application questions, copies of specialized licenses or certificates, etc. Carefully read the job announcement for information about what application materials are required. Only complete applications will be accepted.

  • Are all sections of the application required?

Yes. Incomplete or improperly completed applications may be rejected even if you are qualified for the position for which you are applying. Likewise, it is your responsibility to ensure that your application reflects your work experience and education needed to meet the requirements for the position(s) for which you are applying. Resumes may not be submitted in lieu of a completed application. Applications that say ‘refer to resume’ may be rejected. Incomplete or false statements on an application may be cause for rejection.

  • Do I need to submit a resume?

No, but your resume may provide additional information necessary to determine your qualifications for the position. Although your resume may have all of your experience and education details, you must complete each section of the application to ensure that your information is accurately reviewed during our screening process.

  • How often do you update your job openings on the Employment page?

The job openings are updated as new jobs become available. You are encouraged to check the website at www.cityofwatsonville.org or call the Job Line (831)768-3025 weekly for current openings.

  • I just submitted my application. Will I get an acknowledgement or status update from the City about my application?

Once the recruitment has closed, the City will evaluate the applications and determine which applicants will move forward to the next step in the hiring process. Those selected to move forward will usually be contacted by phone within three weeks of the recruitment closing date. Those not chosen to move forward will receive a letter in the mail. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, the City is currently unable to send status updates to everyone who applies for a job. You may contact the Human Resources Department at (831) 768-3020 to inquire about the status of your application.

  • I made an error in my application. Can I go back and fix it?

You may contact the Human Resources Department at (831) 768-3020 to make minor corrections to an application. Those wishing to make significant changes should submit a new application. Please note that when applying multiple times to the same position the City of Watsonville will review only the most recent application you submit.

  • There is more than one position that I am interested in. Can I submit one application for more than one position?

If you are interested in applying for more than one position, please advise Human Resources and your application can be applied to each position you designate.. However, you are responsible for familiarizing yourself with the application requirements for each position that you apply for and submitting the proper supplemental materials.

  • Can I apply for a position that is not open?

No. Human Resources is only able to accept applications for positions that have an open recruitment.

  • If I am not selected, will you keep my application on file for future openings?

Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are only able to keep your application on file for the specific position for which you applied. If you advance far enough in the selection process you may be placed on an “Employment List” which may be used if an opening in the same job classification becomes available within one year of recruitment. However, this list may be abolished at any time if the needs of the City so require.

  • When is the last day to submit an application?

Applications must be received by the Human Resources Department by the close of business on the filing deadline indicated on the job announcement. No postmarks are accepted. Some recruitments are open continuously or until filled and do not have a final deadline. These applications will be reviewed on a periodic basis depending on the needs of the City. Those applicants chosen to proceed in the next step of a hiring process will be contacted by phone. Those not chosen to proceed will be notified by mail. You may inquire about the status of your application by calling the Human Resources Department at (831) 768-3020.

Thank you for your interest in employment with the City of Watsonville. If you have any questions, please contact us via e-mail or (831) 768-3020.