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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

Equal Employment Employer

The City of Albuquerque provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law. EEO Contact: Human Resources Director at 505-768-3700 or [email protected].

The City of Albuquerque complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and offers reasonable accommodations in the employment and application process to qualified individuals with disabilities.  Please contact Human Resources at 505-768-3700 if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job or to perform your job.

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 about military veterans hiring initiative.


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

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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.
  • Pharmacy insurance is offered through Optum.
  • 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 is effective on the employee's hire date.

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 $3,050 per year to pay for qualifying out-of-pocket 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, disability, legal, accident, critical illness, 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.

The City of Albuquerque contributes a percentage of salary to PERA on behalf of the Employer, pursuant to State law.  Employees also contribute a percentage of salary to PERA into their own account.  However, a benefit of working for the City of Albuquerque is that the City contributes a large portion of the employees’ contribution amount (up to 75% of the employees’ required contribution). 

Contributions amounts are a percentage of your base salary as determined by the coverage plan provided by the City of Albuquerque and are a required payroll deduction for all qualified employees.  Contact the Insurance & Benefits Office for further information on contribution rates. 

Public safety employees can retire after 20 years in Tier 1;  Public safety employees can retire after 25 years in Tier 2;  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 twelve 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.