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We are proud of our workforce. We are constantly seeking talented and service oriented people to join our team. If you want to #WorkForSyracuse, look through our current job opportunities on Indeed.com where you can directly apply for a position. We encourage directly applying on Indeed.com so that we can screen your application with the job you are interested in.

You are also welcome to send your resume to the Office of Human Resources for review and consideration for future positions. City of Syracuse employees are not just members of a great team but residents of a growing city. City jobs require residency as part of the law. There are exceptions for transfer Police Officers, Firefighters and Bureau of Sanitation Workers who are exempt by New York State Law. 

Civil Service Jobs

Civil servants are employees who work for the government at the state, local and federal levels to provide a service for the public. City government employs people in numerous careers whether with or without advanced degrees. Often, positions in city government are civil service jobs meaning they may require taking an exam. Exams vary by the position you apply for. Exams can be free or have an application fee of $15 to $20.

There are three kinds of exams: competitive, continuous, and those only for existing government employees.

Competitive exams are used for positions that open periodically. The exam score is used to sort out the top candidates. Continuous exams are issued for positions that are always in need of people. The exam, in this case, is simply to gauge applicant aptitude for the position.

The third type of exam is available for current government employees who are looking to move up in their civil service career. It allows them to compete with others based on their experience, education and test score. If you are interested in taking a civil service examination, contact the Onondaga County Department of Personnel. They are responsible for administering Civil Service exams on behalf of the City of Syracuse. They can be reached at 315-435-3537 or visit employment.ongov.net.

The City of Syracuse is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer which means we do not discriminate against employees based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetic information.


You can download and submit the City of Syracuse General Application via email, mail, or complete it online. To apply for a specific job, we strongly encourage you to apply on Indeed.com

Apply By Mail

You can download and fill out the general City of Syracuse job application here: Download General Application(PDF, 505KB)

Once completed, mail your application to:
City of Syracuse
City Hall Room 312
Syracuse, NY 13202

Apply Online

We strongly encourage you to apply on Indeed.com





Common Questions

How can I submit my application?

You may submit your application for employment by downloading the application from the tab above, completing the general application online, or printing and mailing it the Human Resource Office at 223 E. Washington Street, Room 312.

I applied for a job a couple of years ago do I need to reapply?

Yes, you must submit a new application for the position or department that you are interested in. We are required by the law to keep applications for a period of time, but we only consider an application to be active for six months.

The application deadline has passed can I still apply?

Applications are not accepted after the application deadline. Applications must be received by Office of Human Resources by 4:30 p.m. on the day of the announced deadline. 

How can I be notified about upcoming civil service examinations?

You can go to the Onondaga County website to sign up for email notifications or click here.