Thank you for your interest in employment with the County
of Santa Barbara. We invite you to read through the
answers to the frequently asked questions. If your question
is not answered here, feel free to contact the Human
Resources Reception Desk at 805-568-2800 or email us
Click on one of the topics below:
How do I apply?
Visit our Current
Job Openings and review the list of job postings.
Select a job, read the description and determine if
you have the qualifications and interest in that job.
Upon completing the on-line application, you will receive
an email thanking you for your interest and confirming
receipt of your application.
You may print a copy of the job bulletin
for future reference.
Is it better to file a scannable paper application
or to complete the on-line application?
We do not have a preference. Using
the on-line application, however, may be to your advantage
if you think that you might be applying for more than
one job. It is simple and convenient. Once you create
a User ID, password, and a profile in our on-line system,
you can use them any time to apply for a job that interests
If you wish to file a scannable paper
application, contact the Human Resources Reception Desk
How do I find out about positions that are
not currently advertised?
You can view job descriptions for
all County jobs in the Job
and Salary Information section of this web site.
Each job description also contains the corresponding
pay range. You can complete an interest card to be automatically
notified when a recruitment opens for a job that interests
How can I find out the status of my application
during the recruitment process?
You can request information by calling
the Human Resources recruiter listed on the job bulletin
at 805-568-2800. You can also check the status of your
application on-line at www.sbcountyjobs.com. Click on
the link at the top of the page titled “My Applications”
and follow the prompts.
After submitting an application, notices
are generally sent out within 2 weeks from the recruitment
closing date, or within 2 weeks from the date that the
application was received for recruitments without a
closing date (on-going recruitments). We use email a
majority of the time to notify applicants, but notices
can also be sent by U.S. Mail if you specify this preference
on your application.
If your name has been placed on an
employment list and you have interviewed with a department
and not heard back, you should contact the hiring department
directly. Make sure to jot down the name of the person
who interviewed you so you can contact them later. If
you are not sure whom to contact, you can contact the
Human Resources recruiter assigned to the recruitment
Can I submit my resume instead of an application?
For most recruitments, applicants
must complete and submit the standard County application.
Only for certain executive and management positions,
are resumes accepted in lieu of the County application.
Read the job bulletin carefully and always submit a
County application unless you are instructed to do otherwise.
Can I submit a blank application with my resume
and have you determine what job I qualify for?
the amount of interest in County jobs, we cannot review
resumes without reference to a specific recruitment.
You are always welcome to call the Human Resources Reception
Desk at 805-568-2800 and ask to speak to a recruiter,
if you want some advice on what types of positions you
would be most suited for and if we anticipate the recruitment
opening in the near future.
What kind of test will I have
Please visit the Exam
Information section of this web site to learn more
about the County’s employment examinations.
Where can I get study materials for County
We do not typically provide study
materials for examinations. However, exam preparation
guides and other reference materials can be obtained
from local libraries or at local bookstores. The areas
to study and prepare for are listed in the knowledge
and abilities section of the job bulletin and may also
be found on the exam invitation.
What do I do if I require an accommodation
for a disability or religious belief during the testing
You may request an accommodation from
Human Resources. Please direct your request to the Human
Resources recruiter conducting the recruitment, either
when you submit your application materials or within
a reasonable period of time prior to the examination
date. The name of the recruiter and the examination
date are listed on the job bulletin.
I recently received a notice from Human Resources
with my score and rank. What does this mean?
Applicants who pass the exam(s) for
a given recruitment are placed on an employment list
in order of their final scores. For example, if you
have a score of 85 and a rank of 6, it means that 5
other applicants scored higher than you in the testing
process. The ten applicants with the highest scores
are certified to the department with the vacancy. The
hiring department may choose which of the ten candidates
to invite for selection interviews. This decision is
at the discretion of the hiring department, not Human
Resources. Candidates on the employment list are not
guaranteed contact from the hiring department. When
there are future vacancies in the same department or
other departments, your name may be sent to them for
consideration. Your notice also notes the date your
name will expire from the current list. At that time,
you will no longer be eligible for hire for that job.
When will the next Firefighter recruitment
We expect to open the Trainee recruitment
in late 2008. Please check back with us in July for
more information regarding this recruitment.
The job bulletin says the
appointee must pass a post-offer medical evaluation.
What does that involve?
Job offers are made contingent upon
an appointee’s passing a post-offer physical evaluation
or examination. If you accept the hiring department's
job offer, you will be scheduled for a medical evaluation/examination
before your first day on the job.
The nature of the job will determine
the nature of the medical evaluation or exam, e.g. for
office jobs that are largely sedentary and not physically
demanding, you will need to complete a medical history
questionnaire, which will be reviewed by a physician
familiar with County jobs. For more physically demanding
jobs, you may need to be seen by the examining physician
The purpose of the post-offer medical
evaluation/examination is to determine whether appointees
are medically capable of performing the essential functions
of the job they have accepted. If the examining physician
determines an appointee has a physical or mental condition
that limits his or her ability to perform the essential
functions of the job, the appointee will have the right,
in accordance with applicable law, to obtain independent
medical opinions and discuss reasonable work accommodations.
Are there commuter services for employees
who live in the neighboring cities of Oxnard, Ventura,
Lompoc, or Santa Maria?
Currently, commuter services include
the Clean Air Express and organized vanpools. Also,
you can carpool with other employees from your city.
We offer an alternative transportation incentive (two
additional vacation days per year) for using any of
the above means of alternate transportation at least
80% of the time.
Do you have to be bilingual to qualify for
a County job?
The majority of County jobs do not
require employees to be bilingual. Certain County jobs
do require the ability to speak or speak, read, and
write in Spanish or Hmong. The job bulletin will clearly
state if we are recruiting bilingual applicants for
a particular job.
Do County jobs traditionally pay less than
private sector jobs?
We are one of the largest employers
in the county and we offer competitive salaries and
excellent benefits. The total compensation package offered
by the County (pay and benefits) is competitive with
the private sector.
Are the majority of County jobs clerical in
We offer a wide variety of career
opportunities including clerical, paraprofessional,
professional, management, and executive positions. We
employ maintenance workers, office professionals, Sheriff’s
Deputies, computer systems specialists, nurses, engineers,
and accountants, just to name a few!