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City of Somerville Jobs

The City of Somerville has career opportunities for a diverse range of professionals and skillsets to reflect the culturally rich community we serve daily. We enforce the City’s mission of upholding progressive principles for residents and employees by embedding diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging into every step of the hiring process. 

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Called a “Model City” by The Boston Globe, Somerville is also a model employer. We embrace and encourage an innovative, empowering, and collaborative workplace culture in a fast-paced, challenging environment. The City also offers a generous benefits package that embodies a strong work-life balance. 

Contact Information
Anne Gill
Director of Human Resources

Monday - Wednesday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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93 Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA 02143
United States

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Current Job Openings

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Please review our job openings and apply for the positions that match your qualifications.

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Civil Service Careers

The City of Somerville fills vacant positions of Police Officers and Firefighters through the Massachusetts Human Resources Division, Civil Service Unit as required by the State of Massachusetts. For more information on Civil Service testing or to apply for a test, please go to 

3 City of Somerville firefighters stand in front of a fire engine

Police Officers and Firefighters are employed through the Massachusetts Human Resources Division, Civil Service Unit as needed. After the examination and certification of candidates by the Massachusetts Resources Division, which gives preference to Veterans, the City of Somerville utilizes the Residency Preference system allowed by Massachusetts law for new hires to police officer and firefighter positions. Preference is given to candidates who reside in Somerville for one year prior to the date of the civil service examination. Veterans Preference is provided for appointment to Civil Service positions to veterans as per the Massachusetts Civil Service System.


The Hiring Process

Job candidates should know where they stand in the hiring process. This section outlines the steps we take to make the best hiring decisions. 

#1  Apply

Submit your cover letter and resume for one of our job openings!  

We review every submitted job application, and usually contact candidates we’d like to interview within 30 to 60 days after the opening is advertised.  

You can always contact our Recruitment & Retention team for updates on your application.  

Note: The City of Somerville does not currently sponsor visas. 

#2  Initial Interview or Screening

We’ll contact candidates we’d like to talk to further and schedule one of the following: 

An initial interview with the hiring panel. 

A phone screening.

#3  Final Interview or Assessment

The hiring panel conducts final interviews. A written assessment or another exercise may also be required at this step.

#4  Conditional Offer & Onboarding

We review references for finalists. If we feel you are the right person for the job opening, we’ll make an offer and begin the pre-hire screening and onboarding process.

We’ll contact references for final candidates. If we mutually agree that you are the right fit for one of our job openings, we'll make an offer and begin the pre-hire screening and onboarding process!

Things to Know Before You Apply

The City of Somerville has several policies and programs in place to ensure the safety and growth of our staff. Please review this section before you apply for any of the City of Somerville’s job openings:

Where can I find open job opportunities? 

Navigate to the “Current Job Openings” tab and click the link to view current openings.  

Do you require a cover letter when applying online?  

Each position has different requirements. Review the job application when applying, there will be a section to paste your cover letter if that is required. 

Do you offer relocation support? 

Currently, we do not offer relocation support. 


The City of Somerville requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment, effective November 1, 2021. Human Resources will review exemptions and reasonable accommodations on a case-by-case basis. Exemptions and reasonable accommodations are not guaranteed

State Ethics Training 

The Massachusetts Ethics Commission requires all state, county, and municipal employees to complete online conflict of interest law training every two years. You will be required to complete this training as part of the onboarding process. The City of Somerville is also required to provide you with a summary of the conflict of interest law within 30 days of your start date and yearly after that. You will need to sign a written acknowledgment that you received the summary.  

Remote/Hybrid Work

Most employees have transitioned to working onsite full-time. The City of Somerville does not have a remote/hybrid workplace policy, but department heads can grant permission to work a hybrid schedule on a case-by-case basis. 

Professional Development 

As a City of Somerville employee, you’ll receive routine training on employment-related policies and best practices. 

We also encourage department heads to work with staff with staff for participation in job-related programs for continued larning, growth and prfessional engagement. 

Employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement may be provided opportunities and incentives for advancing education and professional growth as outlined in the appropriate agreement. 

Does the City of Somerville sponsor visas?  

The City of Somerville does not sponsor visas currently. 


Email if you have questions or want to check the status of your application. Please include your full name and which position you are inquiring about in your email.


New Employees

View comprehensive information on the City of Somerville’s employee benefits:

About Employee Benefits 

The City of Somerville provides a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to ensure that its employees are happy, healthy, and prepared for life changes and challenges. Explore the information below to learn more about each piece of the City's benefits package. 

Benefit Highlights

  • Medical insurance through the Group Insurance Commission (GIC) 
  • Dental coverage with low and high plans through Cigna 
  • Vision care through the Vision Service Plan (VSP) 
  • Long-term disability through Sun Life 
  • Group and voluntary life insurance through Boston Mutual 
  • Flexible spending plans through Benefit Strategies 
  • Deferred compensation through a choice of three vendors 
  • Employee assistance through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provided by E4Health 

In addition, the City of Somerville's benefits package includes other discounts and perks with vendors such as Working Advantage, Hubway, Zipcar, and multiple mobile providers.

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