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Applicant Resources

Accommodations are available at any stage in the recruitment process to ensure a barrier-free experience. Email or call 613-546-4291 ext.1267.

Are you considering applying for a job at the City of Kingston? Check out the following resources to help you prepare for your application and interview. If you do not find the information you are looking for, contact our recruitment team and we would be happy to assist!

Ready to apply? Check out our current job opportunities.

How to apply

  1. From the job posting table, select the job title to view the full position description.
  2. Click “I am interested” at the bottom of the position description. You will be prompted to create an applicant profile or log in to your existing profile. You must apply online, we do not accept applications any other way unless you request an accommodation.
  3. Once you have created a profile or logged in, it will return you to the job posting.
  4. Complete the skills criteria and answer the application questions that are specific to each job posting.
  5. Upload a cover letter, resume, and any applicable documents to demonstrate your qualifications and experience.
  6. Make sure to fully complete and submit your application by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date noted in the job posting.
  7. Check your email, you should receive an application acknowledgement email from us (remember to check your junk folder as well). If you did not receive an acknowledgement email, contact us ahead of the job posting deadline.
  8. Log in to your applicant profile anytime to see the status of your application, apply to other open positions, and update your profile information.

Temporary or seasonal positions

If you have previously completed a temporary or seasonal position and wish to return, you must still re-apply for a new open position by submitting an online application. Even if you have kept contact with your past supervisor, you must formally apply to be considered for a current position.

Internal job postings

We never discourage someone from applying to an internal job posting. Hard work and dedication will not go unnoticed, and we always encourage our staff to consider the professional and personal growth opportunities we can offer. We actually suggest staff get in the habit of applying, so they can become more comfortable and familiar with the process.

A Recruitment & Selection Advisor will review your application and confirm any applicable details of the collective agreement, such as completion of probationary period, to determine whether you are eligible for an internal opportunity.

Start developing your internal relationships now! Especially for temporary positions, it is important to learn as much as possible about department operations and positions you may be interested in.

Need help applying online?

We do not accept applications in person, by mail, nor email or fax. We only accept applications through our online platform.

We are committed to a barrier-free recruitment process. If we need to make an accommodation in our online application process for you to apply, please contact our recruitment team by phone: 613-546-4291 x1267 or email:

For technical assistance applying online contact or call 1-877-427-7717.

Our hiring process

We have standard and job-specific hiring processes to ensure positions are filled in a fair and equitable manner. We thank all who apply, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Job postings close at 11:59 p.m. EST on the closing date noted in the posting. You must complete your entire application and submit it before this time.

Applicants who are Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or otherwise legally entitled to work in Canada (e.g. valid work permit) are eligible to work at the City of Kingston. 

Our team carefully evaluates each candidate's qualifications and experience. We will contact you if your skills match our requirements to proceed with your application. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to provide individual feedback or updates on the status of each application.  

Applicants being considered are usually contacted within 4 to 6 weeks of the closing date, often sooner. 

Select candidates will be contacted to begin the interview process. 

The City of Kingston uses behavioural-based interviewing to get a better understanding of a candidate's technical knowledge and work experience. The interview questions are based on key competencies (i.e. subject matter knowledge and skills or decision-making) to objectively measure a potential employee’s past behaviours as a predictor of future results. Candidates are asked to give specific examples of when they demonstrated particular behaviours or skills using the S.T.A.R. method (stating the situation, task, action and results).

Depending on the job competition, candidates may be required to participate in testing (i.e. Microsoft Office, Excel, Driver testing, Customer Service simulations, etc.). Assessments/testing are another way for the hiring team to evaluate candidates beyond the interview. Testing is directly related to the position.

Following your interview, you may be asked to provide references, including contact information for previous employers or colleagues who can speak to your work ethic, skills, and professional demeanour.

An offer of employment is the next step following the completion of employment references. At this time, the Recruitment & Selection Advisor will thoroughly review the job offer, which would include: start date, hourly rate of pay/ salary, vacation, benefits and pension entitlements, work arrangement (i.e. hybrid, on-site) and conditions of employment.

As a part of the onboarding process, you will be asked for proof of the required education, certifications and designations as a condition of employment.

Successful applicants will also be required to submit a criminal background check (CPIC) which can be obtained from Kingston Police. The City of Kingston will reimburse the cost of the CPIC. Both references and background checks contribute to a comprehensive assessment of a candidate's suitability for a role, which helps our team make informed hiring decisions.

Barrier-free recruitment

Please let us know any accommodations we need to make to ensure a barrier-free recruitment experience. Accommodations are available in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, at any stage in the recruitment process.  

Please call 613-546-4291 ext. 1267 or email so a member of our recruitment team can assist you.

Good to know

You have questions, we have answers! Review these helpful tips and answers to common questions our recruitment team often receives.

You have to submit an application for each job that you are interested in. We will not keep your resume for future consideration. If a similar position comes up or the same position becomes open again, you will need to apply for each individual opportunity if you are still interested.

Fun fact! You can sign up for career alerts through your online job profile so you don't miss out on the next opportunity. You are not restricted to one type of position and you can sign up and update your interests any time.

With the exception of Kingston Volunteer Firefighters, you can only hold 1 position at a time with the City of Kingston.

The City of Kingston acknowledges that we are on the traditional homeland of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and the Huron-Wendat, and thanks these nations for their care and stewardship over this shared land.

Today, the City is committed to working with Indigenous peoples and all residents to pursue a united path of reconciliation.

Learn more about the City's reconciliation initiatives.

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