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Land Acknowledgement

The City of Auburn acknowledges that we are on the ancestral and contemporary lands of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe. They have stewarded the land since time immemorial.

The City of Auburn recognizes the generational harm done to the Muckleshoot people on the Salish lands through colonization and commit to ensuring that our governmental partnerships recognize the continued vibrancy of their culture and honor their sovereignty.

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Hiring Process

What to expect after you've submitted an application

We know that government agencies have a reputation for being slooowww when it comes to processing applications and making decisions - it is our goal to squash that stereotype! Our average time from the date the job announcement goes live to a new hire's first day is around 80 days. While some processes are quicker than that and some much longer, you can rest assured that we are doing our best to move things along as quickly as possible without jeopardizing our established practices.

  • Application Submitted 

    Make sure your application is up to date and thorough. You want to put your best foot forward! Pay close attention to any dates posted in the announcement - especially a first review date or closing date! In most cases, our jobs are posted for at least two weeks before a first review date.


  • Application review 

    Hiring managers and other subject matter experts will review received applications. This is usually about a week-long process, depending on the position and number of applicants.


  • Screening Process 

    Depending on the position, there may be multiple steps within this process, from skills testing to screening interviews. On average, this stage of the process takes two (2) to four (4) weeks.


  • Formal Interviews 

    Formal interviews may be held online or in person, depending on the position and the hiring manager's preference. Calm your nerves, bring your best self, and come prepared! On average, this process takes about two (2) to four (4) weeks when factoring in scheduling and notifications to candidates.


  • Hiring Manager Decision 

    The hiring manager will take applications, practical testing results, interview notes and scores, and interview panelist input, to determine their top candidate. This may take a bit of time if additional interviews are needed, but this decision is usually made within a week.


  • Background Process 

    All City of Auburn team members are required to go through a background check process, which may include a criminal background check, reference check, driving abstract review, and/or drug testing. This list is not meant to be all-inclusive, and the requirements for positions vary across the City. Outside of positions in the Police Department, this stage of the process is often completed within two (2) weeks. 


  • Welcome to Team Auburn! 

    We bring on new team members on the first working day of a pay period - so usually the 1st or 16th of the month. Most people prefer to provide their current employer with at least a 2-week notice, so this can take anywhere from two (2) to four (4) weeks - sometimes longer if someone is relocating to Western WA.


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