General Contact Number: (530) 621-5567

Human Resources

​How do I get information about job openings?   

​All current job openings are listed at and you will find all current vacancies, the final filing date and the salary. If you click on any job title, the job announcement for that job will appear. The announcement will include in depth information about the position, including essential functions, knowledge and skills used in the position, and required education and experience.

​What kinds of jobs are available with the County of El Dorado? 

​The County has over 1800 employees working in over 500 job titles. Employees work in locations all over the County. There are jobs in every major professional group and in all trades. Education and experience requirements for positions vary from "demonstrating sufficient knowledge and skill to perform the duties" to "equivalent to a Master's degree with State licensure."

​How do I apply to positions or view job openings within the County of El Dorado?  

​If this is the first time you are applying using our online job application, you will need to create an account and select a Username and Password in government jobs which can be found here: All current job openings are listed on this site. When you are ready to apply for a position, you will apply online by clicking on the job title you are interested in and clicking on the "Apply" link! After your account has been established, you can build an application by clicking on the "Build Job Application" link. This application can be saved and used to apply for more than one job opening. You can save this application master and are able to maintain this master document that can be copied and modified when applying for different positions. 

How can I get notified of future openings I am interested in? 

Register online to receive email notifications when job openings occur.  Go to  and on the upper left corner click on the Menu, then click JOB INTEREST CARD. Select the Job Categories that interest you. Click SUBSCRIBE. Fill in the JOB INTEREST CARD and click SUBMIT. You will be notified via email when jobs are posted that match your checked interests.

​May I fill out one application and leave the "Job for Which Applying" section blank and have you put me in all the jobs I qualify for?    

​While there is no limit to the number of positions for which you can apply, you must identify the job title for which you are applying on each application. Applications stay with the individual recruitment file; therefore, a separate job application is required for each position. Please note that our application requests ALL experience in the last ten years, PLUS all experience relevant to the position for which you are applying, no matter how long ago. You may also include relevant volunteer experience.

If I want to apply for more than one position do I have to file more than one application?  

​You must submit a separate job application for each position. There is no limit to the number of positions for which you can apply. Once application materials are received, they become the property of the County of El Dorado and are not returned. You should keep a copy of any application you have submitted. Remember, an original signature is required on each application. Many times, El Dorado County will recruit for a position that has openings in both the Placerville area, and in South Lake Tahoe. Due to the distance and terrain separating the two areas, separate recruitments are normally conducted and separate applications are required. Separate eligibility lists are established by geographic area.

I filled out an application for a position with the County a couple of months ago. Can I get a copy of that one from you and change the job title for the new recruitment?  

​The Human Resources Department does not provide copies of previously submitted applications or attached materials. We recommend that you keep a copy of the material you submit for future reference. Applications are not available for copying.

My resume includes all the information you should need. Can I just submit my resume and a cover letter to apply for a job?   

​You must submit a completed County of El Dorado Employment Application for each position you desire. You must also complete and submit any additional information listed on the job announcement. This may include a Supplemental Questionnaire, samples of your work, or copies of licenses/degrees/transcripts. You may attach a resume and cover letter; however the information on the resume cannot substitute for the completed application.

​I saw a job announcement and think I'm qualified, but I'm not sure. What should I do?  

​Each job announcement lists the requirement qualifications. Read the requirements carefully to see how they match up to your education and/or experience. The position may require college course work, a specific amount of experience, a license or certificate or a set of knowledge and abilities in a specific area. Based on your knowledge and experience, you should be able to determine whether you meet the requirements of the position. If in doubt, submit your application and the Human Resources Dept. will determine whether or not you meet the requirements.

How does the Human Resources Dept. determine if I qualify for the position?  

​The Human Resources Dept. will review your application using the criteria set forth on the job opportunity announcement. It is very important to include all requested information and all prior work history that applies. Please list all paid work experience, licenses, professional affiliations, classes you have taken, training you have received, applicable volunteer work and any other special qualifications you possess which relate to the position for which you are applying. The Human Resources Dept. will review all of the information you provide; however, your minimum qualifications must be clearly stated on the application form. Failure to include requested information (including writing "see resume" on the application in the area of experience) will result in rejection of your application. Without accurate and complete information, we will not be able to determine whether or not you meet the minimum qualifications for the job.

How often can I apply for the same position?   

​You may reapply as often as the job opportunity is announced however can only apply one time per recruitment.

I've been waiting for the County to recruit for the position I want, and it never seems to be posted, while other jobs seem to be posted over and over. What determines how often a recruitment is held?   

Recruitment schedules are based on a number of things including:
  • availability of a current eligibility list;
  • number of individuals on the list who are still interested in the position;
  • number of anticipated openings;
  • total number of positions with the same title as the position for which you are applying.
For some jobs with limited turnover and a small number of positions, recruitment every two years or as needed may be sufficient. For others, recruitment every six months or more may be necessary.

​How do I find out about the job duties, requirements, and type(s) of examination?   

​For jobs that are open for recruitment, the announcement lists the salary, job duties and requirements you must fulfill to qualify for examination, the type of examination(s) which may be given, and very importantly, the date by which applications must be submitted.

​What kind of examinations will I have to take?  

Depending on the knowledge, skills, and abilities the position requires, an examination may consist of one or more of the following:
  • evaluation of training and experience on the application and on a Supplemental Questionnaire which you will provide details responses to qualifying questions that relate to the job

  • written examinations (that  are usually multiple choice and timed)

  • oral board examinations (before a multiple person interview panel)

  • performance examinations 

  • physical agility tests (for some safety positions)

The County makes every attempt to include information about written tests in the job announcement. However, we may determine that a test will be required after we have already posted the announcement. Notification of each examination will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of each applicant to ensure that the County of El Dorado is notified of any email address changes.

Do I have to fill in all of the fields in the application and answer all of the Supplemental Questions in the application process?   

​You are required to provide a full and complete response to each supplemental question. The information you provide may be rated/scored, so please be detailed in your response. Failure to do so may result in a lower rating or disqualification. Remember, this is a competitive recruitment and only the applicants whose application materials demonstrate a better fit with the posted minimum and/or desirable qualifications will be advanced in the competition. Clarity of expression, grammar, spelling and your ability to follow instructions may also be considered in the evaluation process. Note: Responses of "See Resume" or copy and paste of work experience are not a qualifying response and will not be evaluated or rated. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the application and any supplemental questions. If you have no experience, write "no experience" for the appropriate question.

Why can't I just attach a resume for these supplemental questions or state “see above” in my response to these questions?   

​The subject matter experts reviewing your responses to these questions cannot see your resume and only score your responses to the questions asked. They can only see the answers you provide to the supplemental questions. 

How do I prepare for a test when it is required? What do I study?   

​All tests are job-related and test the knowledge, skills and abilities required on the job. To prepare, read the job description on the job announcement, then study the material you feel would directly or indirectly relate to the necessary knowledge, skills, or abilities. For example, if two of the requirements for a position are performing mathematical calculations and interpreting regulations, some of the exam questions will probably cover math and reading comprehension.

What happens after I take an examination?  

​You will be notified via email of your examination results and notified of your score and if you pass or fail the examination step. You will also be provided your ranking on the test. If you pass all phases of the recruitment process you will be placed on an eligibility list in order of your final score. The top ranks on the eligibility list will be certified to the department to interview. The department Human Resources will review application materials of the top candidates and will set up selection interviews. The department can hire any eligible candidate referred to them. Departments are required to offer an interview to all candidates appearing on the certification list sent to the department. 

What happens if I feel my score provided to me on an examination is wrong?  

​There are examination appeal procedures outlined in the Civil Service Rules and Personnel Rules for the County of El Dorado found here: If you have any questions about the possible appeal procedures available at any step of the examination process, please contact Human Resources.

What is an eligibility list and if I get a notice stating I was “certified to the eligibility list” what does that mean? How long is the eligibility list in effect?   

​An eligibility list means that you met all of the job requirements, are eligible to interview for that position and have been placed on a list which can be utilized by departments for interviews for current or future vacancies for that position. Candidates may be placed on an eligibility list in rank order of an examination score if there was an examination that took place. The life span of the list normally varies from three (3) months to six (6) months, depending on the position. Lists may be cancelled earlier than six months if there are less than five candidates remaining. Lists may be extended from the initial expiration date of three (3) months at the request of any department who may be utilizing the list. If you have a change of address, phone number, or name, please call the Human Resources Dept. at 530-621-5565 so we can update the eligibility list to enable us to reach you when there is an opening.

Do I get extra points if I am a veteran?   

​Yes, when there is an open recruitment and you pass the testing process, the County of El Dorado gives veterans preference points in open recruitments. You must provide a copy of your DD214 and a copy of your disability award letter showing additional points for disabilities if applicable to your application. 

What should I do if I am called for a departmental selection interview?  

​Be sure that you know the time and place you should appear for the interview, to whom you should report for the interview, how long the interview is scheduled to last, and the job for which you are being considered. Eligibility lists may be used by more than one department; therefore, the Human Resources Dept. may not know who contacted you. It is important to get all necessary information when you are contacted for an interview. Before the interview review your application material. These materials may include your application or resume as well as the job announcement. Be prepared to discuss how your training and/or work experience relate to the position for which you are interviewing. During the interview, listen carefully to the questions. Your answer should cover everything you feel your interviewer needs to know to evaluate you fairly.

What happens if I am selected for a position?  

​Conditional job offers are made "pending" a physical examination/questionnaire, background check and possible urine drug or medical screening. If you are working when you receive a conditional job offer from the County of El Dorado, Do NOT quit your job until you have been instructed to do so/provided a final offer of employment. The County of El Dorado complies with the Immigration Control and Reform Act of 1986. If offered a position, you will be required to present identification and/or work authorization paperwork. Only documents identified in law or regulation are acceptable. After you have been offered and have accepted a position, be sure that you understand when you will begin, where and to whom you will report on the first day, and whether there are any other steps the hiring department would like you to take before starting work. Be sure to get the telephone number of the person who contacts you for hire in case you have further questions. When you are selected your name will be removed from the eligibility list for that position. Your name will remain on any other eligibility list you may be on for the specified life of the list. If you would like to be removed from the other eligibility lists, please notify Human Resources.

What if I am not selected or interviewed?  

​Our objective is to hire the best person for the job, so competition is keen. If you are not immediately successful in getting a position, your name will remain on the eligibility list for consideration. You may be considered for other vacancies that occur during the life of the list. If you do not receive a job offer during the life of the list you must wait for another recruitment and reapply. It is a good idea to keep your final rank notice(s). This way you will know what eligibility lists you are on. If you are unable to attend an interview, contact the interviewing department. You may decline to interview with a particular department for a position and still remain on the eligibility list for that classification. All individuals are encouraged to apply for employment with the County of El Dorado. The County is an equal opportunity/ reasonable accommodation employer. This means that we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, handicap or national origin. The County is also an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and the disabled are encouraged to apply. Please contact the Human Resources Dept. at least five working days before a scheduled interview/examination if you require accommodation in the test process.

I had my examination and got an email telling me I am in Rank # ___ ? What does that mean?

​Candidates are assigned a rank on the eligibility list based on their performance in the examination phase of the recruitment process. The top candidates are forwarded to the department for final interview. In most cases the top five ranks are certified, with additional ranks being certified based on the number of vacancies in the department. The department can hire any eligible candidate referred to them. Departments also have the option of asking for the entire eligibility list if they so desire. Please note there may be ties in any rank #.

​I received an email telling me my name was certified to the department and my application was referred for an interview. When will the Department or Human Resources contact me for an interview?   

​Once the eligibility list is certified to the department for final interview/selection, the Human Resources Department is not always aware of the scheduling. While most candidates are contacted via email within a matter of days, there are occasionally circumstances where it may be weeks between certification and department interviews. You will be contacted for an interview when the department sets the schedule. Of course, if you have changed emails at any time during the recruitment process, or you have had a change of phone number, you should notify Human Resources immediately when the change takes place. Otherwise, notifications to you may be lost.

​I went through the recruitment process and had my interview with the department. Can you tell me if the position is still available/if they filled the position/when they will notify me?   

​The Human Resources Department will not have any updates until the hiring department has made and provided their selection notices to us. Once we receive the communication from the hiring departments, Human Resources will email the remaining candidates who were not chosen. The notices to candidates advising that the position has been filled will be provided directly from the department or Human Resources once the hiring decisions have been made. 

How long does the recruitment process take?  

​Try not to be discouraged by the length of time taken in the recruitment, or if you do not get hired the first time around. Sometimes it may be a month or longer between steps in a process (application - to - test notice or test - to - final notice). We know this seems like a long time; however, we want sufficient time to evaluate everyone fairly and find the best person for the job. The time and effort are worth it. If you are not chosen in your first attempt, try again. Candidate pools are different for each recruitment and as you become more familiar with the process, you will be more at ease with successive efforts. Don't give up.