How do I apply for a permanent position?
We accept online applications for most jobs. When viewing Career Opportunities, click the job title & then click the green Apply button.
How can I find out about extra-help/temporary employment?
View a list of extra-help/temporary 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.
Do you accept employment
applications for positions that are not open?
No. We only accept employment applications for current posted job vacancies. However, you may complete a Job Interest Card to be notified by email when positions in any of the categories you are interested in are posted.
What does it mean when
a job shows a closing date of "continuous"?
A continuous recruitment may be closed at any time without notice. Applications
are reviewed and processed as needed to fill positions within departments.
I saw a job announcement
but I'm not sure if I qualify. Can I still apply?
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.
I qualified for a position
in the past, but now I don't qualify. How can that be?
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.
Can I submit my résumé
instead of an application?
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.
Can I FAX my application materials?
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
Does Kern County offer preference
Can volunteer and part-time
work be counted as work experience?
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.
I don't live in the United States.
Can I apply online?
Yes, as long as you have a legal right to work in the United States.
Will I be able to get a copy
of the application once I've submitted it?
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.
I missed the deadline -
can I still apply?
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 Card.
Can I apply for more
than one job at a time?
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.
Will I automatically be considered
for other positions if I previously submitted an application?
No. You must submit an application for each position you are interested in.
How often do you recruit
for a particular position?
There is no set time frame. Recruitments are initiated depending on departmental
I have a disability, how
can I participate in the testing process?
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 job I'm interested in requires a typing certificate. Does the County have a list of agencies authorized to provide these certificates?
Yes, see the Skills Certificates page. This page also includes information on bilingual proficiency, 10-key, and technology certifications.