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Note: For questions about how to use the NEOGOV system that we are now using for job applications, see the NEOGOV Applicant FAQ or call NEOGOV customer support at 1–855-524-5627.
We accept online applications for most jobs. When viewing Job Postings, click the
job title & then click the Apply link.
View a list of currently-open extra-help positions.
Once you have applied, your application will be held in our database for 6 months
and the information will be available to all interested departments. You may also
want to contact departments directly about the availability of extra-help. Remember
that extra-help employment is limited to 9 months, and you must be off County payroll
for 60 days before you can take another extra-help assignment
No. We only accept employment applications for current posted job vacancies. However,
you may complete a Job Interest Notification
to automatically be notified when a position you are interested in becomes available.
A continuous recruitment may be closed at any time without notice. Applications
are reviewed and processed as needed to fill positions within departments.
Yes. Carefully read the job posting and try to determine how closely your education,
training, and experience match the Employment Standards on the job posting. Be thorough
in completing your application so that the Human Resources Division can determine whether
or not you meet the requirements.
Jobs change over time and the minimum qualifications may have changed since the
last time you applied. In addition, your application is reviewed based on what you
submit in your current application packet. We do not refer back to previous applications
and exam files to determine present qualifications.
A résumé may be attached to supplement your responses to the application
and supplemental question sections; however, it may not be substituted in lieu of
the fully completed application.
The best way to provide application materials is to upload them into your applicant
account. However, you may FAX attachments such as your résumé, certificates,
transcripts and other items requested on the job posting. When sending supplemental
materials for a job posting via FAX, you must provide the job title, date applied,
and job # if known. Human Resources FAX#: (661) 868-3928
Yes. More information
Experience, as listed in the Employment Standards for a job posting, means full-time
paid experience unless the job posting states otherwise. Part-time experience will
be prorated accordingly.
Yes, as long as you have a legal right to work in the United States.
You should print a copy of your application for your records before you submit it,
and you should also keep copies of any documents you submit to Human Resources, as Human Resources
will not return any documents submitted to them. If needed, Human Resources can make copies
of your application materials, but there is a fee involved and it may take a few
days to get the copies.
Once the closing date has passed, no application will be accepted or considered.
If you wish to be notified of new job postings in areas that interest you, complete
a Job Interest Notification.
Yes. Once you have completed your online application you can apply for multiple
positions that are currently open. You do NOT need to create a new account
every time you’re applying for a new position. However, each posting requires a
separate submission of application materials and/or answers that are unique to the
job for which you are applying.
No. You must submit an application for each position you are interested in.
There is no set time frame. Recruitments are initiated depending on departmental
The County of Kern makes reasonable accommodation for the disabled. If you require
accommodation to participate in testing, you must inform the Human Resources Division,
in writing, of the need no later than the final filing deadline for the recruitment.
Please contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Officer at
The general process is as follows:
Note: Notification will be by e-mail or postal mail, depending on which option the
applicant chose when they submitted their application.
The time varies depending on the number of applicants and the number of tests/exams
for that particular job.
When you apply, you will choose whether you would prefer to be contacted via e-mail
or postal mail. This method will be used to notify you of important updates to the
status of your application. You can also log in to your Applicant account for status information.
If the job is still open, you may log in to your Applicant account and submit another application for the
job. If the job is no longer open, contact Human Resources.
Log in to your
Applicant account and make the change in My Account to ensure that future
applications have the correct information. For applications that you have already
submitted, if the position is still open you can submit a new application for the
position; if the position has closed, contact Human Resources.
Yes, but there is a fee involved and it may take a few days to get the copies. For
more information, contact Human Resources
Once an offer of employment has been made, you may be required to pass a medical
and/or physical exam, including drug testing, at County expense. Do not quit or
give notice to your present employer until such exams are completed and passed.
No, sample tests are not available. We recommend general study of the subjects listed
for the written exam on the job posting. You may have references of your own such
as textbooks, or you may wish to contact your local library for assistance in finding
If the job is still open, you may re-apply if at least 60 days have elapsed since
the date that you failed the test/exam. You will need to re-take all tests/exams
for the position, not just the one that you did not pass.
An eligible list is made up of all of the applicants who passed the examination
process. They are placed on the list according to their score, which determines
their ranking on the list.
When departments need to fill vacant positions, Human Resources provides them with a list
of qualifying applicants from the eligible list. Human Resources will notify you if your
name was forwarded to a department.
Per Civil Service Rule 502.10, eligible lists shall continue in force for a period
of one (1) year from date of promulgation unless abolished or extended by order
of the Commission. In no event shall lists remain in force for less than six (6)
months nor more than two (2) years. Notice of intention to abolish an eligible list
shall be sent to all candidates whose names appear upon the list to be abolished.
If you are no longer interested in the job, contact Human Resources.
No. Once you have been placed on the eligible list under a specific exam number,
your score remains the same for the duration of your eligibility.
If your name is referred to a hiring department for consideration, you will receive
notification advising you of the department, the job classification, and who to
contact to schedule an interview. The referral is known as certification. Be certain
to read the notification and follow instructions carefully. Failure to respond by
the deadline noted in the notification will jeopardize your chances to be contacted
for future job openings.
Once the Human Resources Division has certified names to a department for hiring selection,
we are not aware of the interview schedule, the hiring decision, or when remaining
applicants will be notified until the department tells us. You should expect this
information from the hiring department within a reasonable time after your interview.
You may transfer to a civil service position in another County department which
is either the same classification or a different classification with the same salary
and similar qualifications. You must have both permanent status within civil service
and have passed probation in your classification to be considered for transfer.
Refer to Civil Service Rule 1000
for additional information.
The Human Resources Division Web site lists transfer opportunities, including contact information. It is updated frequently.
You may also want to contact the departments that you are interested in to determine
if a vacancy exists or is anticipated.
Yes. The probationary period for transfers is 60 days.
No. A voluntary demotion assumes that, because you were successful in a higher classification
with higher pay, you should be qualified to perform satisfactorily in a lower classification.
It is important to remember that you cannot return to your former position if things
don't work out.
Your increment date changes if you are promoted to a different classification. If
you transfer to another position in the same classification, your increment date
will not change.
Yes. Refer to Civil Service
Rule 704.10 for details about promotional probationers.
Promotions within a flexible classification are not automatic. Your department must
recommend that, due to your performance, you merit promotion to the next level.
Discuss with your supervisor what steps you might take to improve your chances of
being considered for promotion.
Yes. Such changes may be necessary to carry out the work of the department.
No. In some cases, shift bids and other conditions of employment are addressed in
the Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) negotiated between the County and the unions
that represent defined groups of County employees. Individual departments may also
have policies about work assignments. Find Your MOU
No. Departments have the authority to change assignments. If you believe that your
work is significantly different from that typically done by others within your classification,
you may request a classification review.
No. It applies only to your retirement benefits.
Longevity pay starts at the beginning of the pay period after the employee has become
eligible. Consult the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that applies to your position
for details. Find Your MOU
If you take a county civil service exam during your regular work hours, you will
be paid. If an exam is given on a day that is not a scheduled workday, you will
not be paid overtime.
After a reclassification has been approved by the Civil Service Commission, the
Board of Supervisors must amend the salary ordinance. The reclassification is usually
effective at the beginning of the pay period following Board action. Consult your
department payroll clerk for the exact date.
In most cases, those who seek information contained in your file must have your
permission by way of a signed release, or court-ordered subpoena.
Contact the Human Resources Division at least 2 business
days prior to the time you wish to review the file. When you come to review the
file, you will be asked to present photo ID and to complete a simple form which
verifies that you reviewed the file.
The performance evaluation process provides you with the opportunity to have your
evaluation discussed with you by your department head. If you still disagree after
that discussion has taken place, you may submit a written rebuttal through your
department head to the Employee Relations Officer within 30 days of your performance
evaluation. Your rebuttal will be retained in your personnel file.
The rights and responsibilities of employees who have been dismissed, suspended,
or demoted are addressed in Civil Service
If you have not exhausted the limits of the type of leave that applies to your situation,
you may appeal your department's refusal to the Civil Service Commission. Refer
to Civil Service Rule 1200 for
As a courtesy to your department, the customary 2 weeks' notice is recommended.
To resign in good standing from Kern County, a minimum of 1 week's notice must be
No. Terminal vacation is only permitted when an employee retires.
If you leave the County in good standing, you may request to be placed on a re-employment
list for positions in your former classification. See Civil Service Rule 505 for requirements and time limits
or contact Kern County Human Resources for details.
You must submit suitable evidence of an Honorable discharge, a Certificate of Honorable Active Service, or an Under Honorable Conditions (General) discharge by the application filing deadline. Any discharges which are classified as under other than honorable conditions, bad conduct, dishonorable, or uncharacterized are not qualified for veterans preference credit. For additional information see Civil Service Rule 310.00
To be eligible, a veteran must have served at least 90 consecutive days during one of the following periods:
National Guard or Reserve active duty for training of six months or less will not quality for veterans preference points.
If you meet the above service and discharge requirements and are presently receiving compensation for a service-connected disability of 10% or more you may be entitled to additional preference credits.
You must provide the Human Resources Division with a letter from the Veterans Administration verifying current disability and dated within one year prior to the final filing date. The letter must be received by the application filing deadline.
Yes, as long as you can produce the original documents when requested.
If you need assistance in obtaining your DD214 or disability rating letter from
the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), please contact the Kern County Veterans Service Department.
Contact the Kern County Human Resources Division.
View additional information regarding Veterans Benefits and/or Services
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