Employment Process

The Process

Step 1

City positions open to the public may be posted in any or all of the following:
  • Area college/university placement offices
  • Area minority and female organizations
  • City website
  • Local newspapers
  • Professional magazines/websites
  • State employment service

Step 2

Applicants must submit an application. If you have any issues with the application, please contact the office at City Hall at 269-966-3377 or via email.

Step 3

All applications, cover letters, and resumes are reviewed to determine an applicant’s eligibility for open positions. Unsolicited applications and/or resumes will not be kept on file.
  • Those who meet eligibility requirements receive information regarding the need to test or interview.
  • Those who do not meet the eligibility requirements are sent acknowledgments, if at all possible.

Step 4

Tests are administered, if required.

Step 5

Interviews are conducted.

Step 6

Background screens are conducted on successful applicants. These screens may include any or all of the following:
  • Criminal, driving and employment history
  • Education/certification/license verification
  • Other qualifications required of the position

Step 7

All selected applicants must successfully complete a pre-employment drug screen (safety sensitive City positions requiring a Commercial Drivers' License (CDL) must pass a drug and alcohol test), and may be required to successfully complete a pre-employment physical, possibly including a back x-ray.

General Information

Equal Opportunity Employer

The City of Battle Creek (“The City”) provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. The City complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.


The City expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic. Improper interference with the ability of the City employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated.

Recruitment Announcements

Recruitment announcements for each City of Battle Creek job open to the public will list the following:
  • Closing date
  • Educational requirements
  • Experience requirements
  • License requirements
  • Job duties
  • Salary information
  • Testing requirements

Reasonable Accommodations

Applicants with disabilities should notify Human Resources if special accommodations are required. The City will attempt to make reasonable accommodations for applicants, as specified under state and federal law.

Address/Telephone Changes

If your address or telephone number changes, please notify Human Resources at 269-966-3377 or email the department.