City Employment Opportunities

City Employment Opportunities

Information about City employment opportunities.

City Employment Opportunities

Information about City employment opportunities.

About 5,800 City employees believe that providing quality government services to their fellow citizens is the most satisfying work anyone could choose to do.

The City knows you have many options, whether you are just beginning your career, seeking a second career or just looking for a new challenge.

We are always interested in talking with people who want to be part of a government that is moving forward.

View our Current Career Opportunities

Special Job Posting

Bernalillo County & the City of Albuquerque are partnering to hire an ABQ/BernCo Census Coordinator. This position will advance and assist the important work of the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County 2020 Census Complete Count Committee by ensuring an accurate and thorough count of all persons in the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County area. The deadline to submit a resume is Tuesday, October 25, 2019.

Learn More & Apply

Military Veterans Hiring Initiative

The City of Albuquerque acknowledges the people who served or serve in the United States Armed Forces or the National Guard or Reserve and their spouses, and follows specific consideration procedures within their application process for employment.

Learn More.


The City strives to provide a competitive, comprehensive compensation package that will attract and retain the brightest and best. We are especially proud to offer up to 12 weeks of Paid Parental Leave effective January 14, 2019. Please read the frequently asked questions posted below.

View Paid Parental Leave FAQs

Compensation Calculator

As a potential employee, are you interested in seeing an estimated paycheck based on your salary and benefit elections? Click on Estimated Compensation Calculator and find out then close that window to return to this page.


Salary levels are generally competitive with the private sector and are reviewed periodically. The majority of City employees are members of one of eight bargaining units. The City pays bi-weekly on Friday. Automatic deposit is mandatory.


  • Health insurance is offered through Presbyterian Health Plan System.
  • Dental insurance is provided through Delta Dental.
  • Vision insurance is provided through Davis Vision.

Compared to other government employers in New Mexico, the City’s plan is the most generous and the least costly to employees because the City pays 80 percent of the premium cost.

Employees, their qualifying spouse or domestic partner, and qualifying dependents are eligible for insurance coverage.

Insurance coverage can be effective on the employee's hire date if forms and dependent documents are submitted to the Insurance and Benefits Office within the first week of employment.

To help defray employee’s out-of-pocket costs, the City offers a Section 125 flexible spending account plan that allows employees to set aside up to $2,500 per year to pay for qualifying medical, dental, and vision costs with pre-tax dollars. There is also a dependent-care option that allows employees to set aside up to $5,000 per year. Participation in the Flexible spending plan lowers taxable income and often results in higher take home pay.

The City pays for a basic life policy for all regular employees. Optional employee paid insurance coverage for regular employees includes: life, disabilty, legal, long-term care, home & auto.

Health & Wellness Program

The City of Albuquerque is committed to providing physical activity and wellness opportunities for our employees and family members. In 2013, we were recognized as a Gold Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association. In 2013 and 2014 we also received the Fit-Friendly Worksite Innovation Award for collaborating with Presbyterian Health Plan to bring the Mobile Health Center to 11 work locations each month.


Participation in the state retirement plan, PERA, is required by state law.

This is a defined benefit plan that provides retirement income up to 90% of your high 3-year average salary after 25 years of employment Participation in PERA guarantees you access to the retiree health care plan at retirement. Each pay period, 4.79 percent of your gross salary is withheld from your salary for PERA and 1.3 percent for the retiree health care authority.

The City contributes an additional 9.86 percent on your behalf for PERA and 1.3 percent for the retiree health program. Public safety employees can retire after 20 years; higher PERA contributions are required.

Sick Leave, Vacation Time, Paid Parental Leave and Holidays

Employees accrue sick leave at the rate of 3.7 hours biweekly to a maximum of 1,200 hours.

Employees accrue vacation leave every pay period on the following schedule:

Years of Service Bi-Weekly Accrual Accrual per Year
0-4 years 3.85 hours 100 hours
5-9 years 4.62 hours 120 hours
10-14 years 5.54 hours 144 hours
15 years & more 6.16 hours 160 hours

Accrued sick and vacation leave balances may be paid out at the time of retirement.

The City provides ten days of paid holiday leave annually, in addition to the employee’s birthday. Other paid leave includes jury duty, bereavement, voting, annual military service and education.

Effective January 14, 2019 the City provides up to 12 standard work weeks of paid time off to be used within six (6) months of the birth, adoption or placement of a foster child. Please read Parental Leave FAQs for more information.

Public Transit

Employees who wish to take advantage of the City’s bus system can purchase a monthly pass for $14. Employees who choose to drive their personal vehicles will find that downtown parking costs from $40 to $85 per month.

Summer & Seasonal Positions

Information about summer and seasonal positions at the City.

Summer & Seasonal Positions

Information about summer and seasonal positions at the City.

Seasonal HireWorking seasonally is a great way to earn some money for the summer, get involved with your community, and have some fun! The City is currently recruiting applicants for summer positions. Applicants for the following positions must be at least 16 years of age.

Our Summer Positions

Field Contact Number
Pools (505) 768-5300
Playgrounds (505) 767-5885
Community Centers (505) 767-5800
Therapeutic Program (505) 764-1525

To Apply

Apply online for a summer or seasonal job.

Make sure you complete the online application in it its entirety.

  • You will be asked a few questions to help us determine what you are interested in.
  • Job Mentor Program students ages 14 – 15 will be required to provide a work permit if selected for a position. Work permits are available at the State Department of Labor or from a School Counselor.

Hiring Process

After all applications are reviewed hiring supervisors will contact you by phone to set up an interview.

Applications will remain active from December through November. Every November all applications will be archived and no longer considered.

If you are under 18 you will be required to have your parent/guardian sign a consent form.

View Child Labor Law Information:

Selection Process

If you receive an interview the hiring supervisor will notify you whether you have or have not been selected for a position. If selected, you will be advised on how to proceed with the pre-employment requirements for the position.

Pre-employment requirements consist of a background check, drug test. TB test and/ or a physical depending on the position.

Motorcoach and Sunvan Pool

The City of Albuquerque has ongoing openings for ABQ Ride drivers.

Motorcoach and Sunvan Pool

The City of Albuquerque has ongoing openings for ABQ Ride drivers.

These positions require a high school diploma (or GED), at least one year of experience, and a driver's license or a New Mexico Commercial Driver's License (CDL).

On July 31, 2012 this position will require you to have completed three (3) Work Keys exams with required scores prior to applying for this position. The required minimum Work Keys scores will be:

  • Reading for Information : 4
  • Locating Information: 4
  • Workplace Observation: 2


View more information.

Public Safety Entrance & Promotional Selection

Information about Public Safety Entrance & Promotional Selection.

Public Safety Entrance & Promotional Selection

Information about Public Safety Entrance & Promotional Selection.

What We Do

The Employment Testing Division is responsible for the development, validation, implementation, and administration of entry-level and promotional testing for the Albuquerque Police and Fire.

We make sure the city is compliant with applicable standards established by:

Testing Processes

The Employment Testing Division is responsible for entrance and promotional examinations for the Albuquerque Police and Fire Departments including:

Albuquerque Police Department (APD):

  • APD Entrance Examinations
  • APD Sergeant Promotional Process
  • APD Lieutenant Promotional Process
  • APD Bilingual Pay Testing

Albuquerque Fire Rescue:

  • Albuquerque Fire Rescue Entrance Examination & Structured Oral Interview Process
  • Albuquerque Fire Rescue Suppression Driver Promotional Process
  • Albuquerque Fire Rescue Suppression & Paramedic Lieutenant Promotional Process
  • Albuquerque Fire Rescue Captain Promotional Process
  • Albuquerque Fire Rescue Commander Promotional Process
  • Albuquerque Fire Rescue Bilingual Pay Testing

APD & Albuquerque Fire Rescue host useful study guides for their hiring and promotional processes:

Process Confidentiality

We make a practice of maintaining strict control and confidentiality for all processes to ensure that all candidates have a fair and unbiased experience with the City. An example of a confidentiality agreement that each candidate and any other parties involved in a process must sign is available here.

New Employee Orientation

Information about the new employee orientation at the City of Albuquerque.

Seasonal, Student, and Temporary Orientation

Information about Seasonal, Student, and Temporary orientation at the City of Albuquerque.

Seasonal, Student, and Temporary Orientation

Information about Seasonal, Student, and Temporary orientation at the City of Albuquerque.

We are pleased that you have chosen to work at the City of Albuquerque. By joining us as a new employee, you will learn the inner workings of City government, meet interesting people, and most importantly make a difference in the Albuquerque community. Working for the City of Albuquerque is more than just a job.

We would like to take this time to welcome you and help make your transition to the City of Albuquerque as simple as possible. We have developed this web page to provide you with information to guide you through the new employee process.

What to Bring to New Employee Orientation

  1. Social Security Card or State issued Birth Certificate
  2. Valid Driver's License or valid State issued identification card
  3. Bank account number & routing number or a voided check
  4. If you are under 18 years of age; bring your parent or guardian


Seasonal, Student, and Temporary Orientation includes information on:

  • City Government Structure
  • American's with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Ethics and Values
  • Substance Abuse Policy
  • Terms of Employment
  • Employee Assistance Program


Attire is business casual, please be prepared for your photo to be taken for your City ID badge. Refrain from wearing gray, green, or light blue colored shirts.

New Employee Forms

Please review the document below which will assist you in completing all of the forms required for employment with the City of Albuquerque.

Neogov New Employee User Guide

For Locations and Times please check with your Hiring Manager or Human Resources Coordinator.

Application FAQs

Answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Application FAQs

Answers to the most frequently asked questions.


Who can apply for a job with the City of Albuquerque?

Anyone can apply. However, to qualify for the position the minimum education and experience required for the position must be met. All advertisements will list the level of education, experience required for the position under the section "Minimum Education & Experience Requirements" of the advertisement. Qualifications are the primary consideration in filling any position. Experience, education, training, skills and other abilities as well as specific position requirements and the prior employment history of the applicant will be considered in appraising individual qualifications. Applicants will be qualified based upon the information presented with their application.
Employees terminated for cause from the City of Albuquerque will not be considered for re-employment.
At the time of hire, the selected applicant will be required to provide documentation in accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Applicants must be citizens of the United States or possess a valid resident visa.

Where do I apply and do I have to apply in person?

It is not necessary to apply in person. An application and submittal process is available on our website. Computers to access our on-line process are available in the Human Resources Department located at 400 Marquette, NW 7th Floor, Suite 703 (map).

How many jobs can I apply for?

You can apply for as many jobs as there are current openings; however, a separate, complete application is required for each position for which you are applying.

Do I need a resume?

No. Resumes are not considered as part of the qualifying process however; a resume may be attached as additional information to your completed City of Albuquerque application.
Resumes may also be brought with you if you are chosen for an interview. A resume may also be helpful to you in completing the City of Albuquerque job application.

Who reviews my application and who will interview me if I am selected for an interview?

After the closing date of the particular job vacancy announcement, all applications are reviewed by the hiring supervisor and/or the designated department coordinator. Persons who do not meet the minimum requirements are notified and removed from consideration. The hiring department decides which qualified applicants will be interviewed.

What is the EEO (Equal Employment Opportunity) information used for?

In order to comply with Federal EEO-4 reporting requirements and statistical record keeping for the City, we ask the applicants for their help and cooperation in voluntarily providing the requested information. If you choose not to provide the information, you will still be considered for positions for which you apply.

Will I be tested?

Testing requirements will be noted on the job advertisement if they are required for the position. Fire and police applicants are given testing dates during the time the City is recruiting for entry-level cadets. If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation in the testing process, please let the Human Resources Department know your needs and accommodations will be made for you.

Will I be notified of the status of my application?

Application status can be checked online through your GovernmentJobs account. If an applicant is not selected for an interview they will receive notification by email. If the applicant is selected for an interview they will be contacted by phone or email.

How long does the hiring process take?

Every effort is made to reach a prompt decision. The length of time depends on the number of applications received for the position and the nature of the position. Normally, a decision will be made between 15 and 45 days after the job advertisement has expired.

Is my application kept "On File" for other jobs which may become vacant?

We do not keep applications on file after a job has been filled. Once the job vacancy is closed and someone is hired, none of the remaining applications are retained. Applications are accepted only for advertised job vacancies. An application is considered only for those vacancies for which the application is submitted for. In certain limited job advertisements the advertisement will be listed as CONTINUOUS. These advertisements are maintained for a longer period. The advertisement will indicate on top if the advertisement is continuous and for what period of time.

Are the City of Albuquerque's application for employment available online?

Yes, an application and submittal process is available on our website. Computers to access our on-line process are available in the Human Resources Department located at 400 Marquette, NW 7th Floor, Suite 703 (map).

Is the Fire department hiring firefighters and when can I apply?

The City of Albuquerque only accepts applications for open/advertised positions.
View information about becoming a fire fighter.

What must be included in the application?

All applicants must submit, by the advertised expiration date, a completed City of Albuquerque application with specific dates and the duties they performed in the work history section. Applicants must include a summary of their duties in the own words and not copy and paste from the City of Albuquerque job advertisement. Applications may be rejected if incomplete or if an Applicant copies and pastes from the City of Albuquerque’s job advertisement.

Your qualifications will be based upon the information presented on your completed application. Copies of required certifications, registrations and/or licenses must be attached to your application before online submission. Additionally, if the position requires a High School/GED, post-secondary courses/degrees, a copy of your unofficial transcript or diploma is required at the time of your application submission.

Once an application is submitted by an Applicant, they cannot make any changes to that application. If Applicant wants to attach documents to their submitted application, and the position is still posted and open for receipt of applications, the Applicant must submit a new application and attach the documents to the new application for consideration.

How can I obtain assistance or request an accommodation?

If you need assistance in the application process, please contact Human Resources at (505) 768-3700.

If you are an applicant with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to assist you in the application process, please contact Christine Garcia at (505) 768-3700.