How To Apply

Complete and submit an employment application.  Current City of Dubuque job openings are available on the Job Opportunities  page. Please note, if the position is Civil Service, the application process is different.  Scroll down to learn more.

Online Application

We encourage you to submit your City of Dubuque employment application electronically via this website. 

Establish your secure employment profile and submit it directly to the Personnel Office as an employment application for City of Dubuque job openings.  You may attach relevant documents to your profile, such as a resume or other pertinent information.  Once completed, your application profile is securely saved.  You can access it, modify it and submit it at any time using your unique User Name and Password.  Complete instructions for creating your online profile and applying online are available here.

Paper Application

If you prefer to apply in paper format, please download and print this PDF application or pick up an application in the Personnel Office at:

50 W. 13th St.
Dubuque, IA 52001

Paper applications can be mailed to or dropped off at the address above, as well as emailed to or faxed to 563-690-6025.

Civil Service
Many City of Dubuque positions are classified as Civil Service.  If you wish to apply for a scheduled Civil Service Examination, click on the link located in the "Application" section of the job posting. You will be directed to a PDF document of our Civil Service Application, which needs to be completed and returned by the specified deadline to our Personnel Office, at 50 W. 13th Street, Dubuque, IA 52001. Paper Civil Service Applications are also available in the Personnel Office.

Examinations – Traditional Exam or Take-Home Exam
Traditional examinations are given in a group setting.  All applicants register to take the examination by completing and returning the Civil Service Application by the given deadline.  They will then take the examination together, in one location, at the specified time. 

Take-home examinations are provided in an application packet to the applicants.  These are available, upon request, once the examination has been posted.  The deadline for requesting a Civil Service Exam application will be indicated in the job description.  These take-home examinations are then returned to the Personnel Department for scoring. Instructions for requesting a take-home examination are specified in the job posting for each position.

What is a Civil Service Exam?
The City of Dubuque is governed by Iowa Civil Service Law.  The City utilizes civil service testing to establish eligibility lists of candidates for civil service covered positions. Tests are specific to each individual position and questions are related to the job duties of the position. A test must be taken for each position in which an applicant has interest.

The Civil Service Commission is made up of three citizen volunteers who are appointed to the positions by the City Council. The Commission’s job is to ensure that all testing procedures are properly carried out, and to remain neutral parties throughout the process.

Once testing for a position is completed, based upon those who achieve a passing score on the exam, the commission certifies a list of candidates eligible to be hired. This list is typically valid for one year.

How Do I prepare for a Civil Service Exam?
There are no study guides available for these examinations.  They are based upon general knowledge of the position, which can be found in the job posting.  However, Police Officer and Firefighter/Paramedic offer study guides in preparation for these examinations and are available in the examination packets.

Please feel free to contact the Personnel Office at 563.589.4125 with any questions.