How It Works

The Targeted Local Hire Program creates alternate job pathways into City civil service via paid on-the-job training for entry-level City positions.

Targeted Populations

Though anyone may apply, the Program seeks to target and recruit individuals from the vulnerable populations below and help provide an alternate pathway into civil service employment:

Program Application

All candidates must participate in a job readiness assessment/screening and obtain a completed Agency Referral Form when determined to be job ready. After obtaining an appropriately signed Agency Referral Form, candidates must contact an Application Site to schedule a Program Orientation & Application Session. During the session, approved candidates will be able to submit their Program Application. Applicants without a valid Agency Referral Form or referral code (unique code assigned at the Application Sites) will be disqualified.


Application Pool & Random Selection

Once a Program Application has been approved, it is placed into the Application Pool, which is split into two Tiers. Tier 1 consists of those candidates who have identified as one or more of the above targeted categories; Tier 2 are candidates who do not identify or choose not to identify in any of the targeted categories.

When a City department has a vacancy to fill, it may request a Referral List from the Program. The Program will then filter the Application Pool based on the candidate's job preferences (as indicated on the Application). From the filtered list, candidates will be randomly selected. The Referral List provided to the department will consist of 80% Tier 1 applicants and 20% Tier 2 applicants. For example, a Referral List of ten (10) randomly selected candidates will have eight (8) - Tier 1 candidates and two (2) - Tier 2 candidates. The Referral List is then forwarded to the City department for hiring consideration. 

There is no guarantee of a referral or a job under this Program. The Program is unable to indicate a timeframe for when an applicant would potentially be referred or even hired, as it is all based on vacancies and random selection. All applications in the Pool will be valid for one year, at which time the candidate must submit a new application.


Job Pathways

Program candidates may choose to apply for Vocational Worker, which leads into six job classification pathways that include: Custodian, Gardener Caretaker, Garage Attendant, Maintenance Labor, Animal Care Technician, and Tree Surgeon Assistant. Or, they may choose to apply for Office Trainee, which leads to Administrative Clerk. Candidates must successfully pass a six (6)  month on-the-job training period, and then a six (6) month probationary period prior to full civil service transition.
For a list of competencies and tasks that these job classifications require, please click here.