Public Works is hiring. Learn more about open positions and the critical services they provide

The City’s Department of Public Works is currently hiring for multiple part-time and full-time positions and hosting an in-person career and resource fair on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

The fair will be held at California State University, Sacramento (6000 J St.) at the University Union Building from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is open to the public.

“There are many opportunities for growth within Public Works and each of our divisions work together on various projects,” said Cicely Garnett, support services manager for the Department. “It’s definitely a team environment, one in which we all work off of each other’s positive energy.”

Garnett recently spoke with City Express to discuss the open positions in the Department including how—and why—people should apply.

What does Public Works do?

Public Works manages almost everything you see in the City from buildings, streets, lights, signs, trees, bridges, fleet, parking and more.

The Department is the second largest in the city and made up of seven divisions with more than 760 employees. Public Works has seven divisions: Parking Services, Facilities & Real Property Management, Fleet, Engineering Services, Maintenance Services, Recycling & Solid Waste and Transportation.

What positions are available?

We have several positions currently available with many being recruited for continually:

Why should people apply?

Public Works has a hand in almost everything you see outside. It is a wonderful feeling to know that the efforts and hard work of our employees, keeps the city operating and moving forward in a safe manner.

There is also so much to learn and space to grow within Public Works. For example, one could potentially start out in Parking Enforcement and end up as a Department Director.

What will attendees learn at the job fair?

There will be representation and subject matter experts from each of our seven divisions. Staff will be available on site as well as virtually to answer any job specific questions attendees may have.

Additionally, we will have laptops available for attendees to create accounts on the website. Attendees will also be shown how to sign-up to be alerted when the City of Sacramento Human Resources Office posts new job announcements that match their criteria and interests.

What helpful tips can you share about the application process?

Applicants should set aside time to complete any application. It is certainly not a process to be rushed. I encourage all applicants to thoroughly read the job announcement prior to completing the application. The responses to any supplemental questions should speak to the applicant’s knowledge, skills, and ability to do the job as described in the announcement. Therefore, the responses should be detailed and thorough, including key words.

I encourage applicants to not wait until the last minute to complete applications and any supplemental questions. My advice is to complete the application in draft, then return to it the next day, and perhaps the next day after that. Be sure to check for spelling and grammatical errors because it is so important to write well and be able to convey who you are and what you bring as a person and an employee. The application is the employer’s very first impression of you.