City of Fort Lauderdale - Human Resources - City Employment Information
City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Venice of America

City Employment Information

NOTE: This information does not replace, add to, or change any Personnel Rules, Collective Bargaining Agreements, or other written instructions or regulations.

All applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, irrelevant physical disability, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex or other non-merit factors (except as limited by law, Personnel Rules, Collective Bargaining Agreements, or bona fide occupational disqualifications).

The City of Fort Lauderdale uses an online application system for employment applications.

Online applications should be filled out completely and should clearly show that the minimum qualifications are met. All statements made on the application are subject to investigation and verification. Documents to establish identity and eligibility to work in the United States, as well as documentation to substantiate education, certifications, licenses, etc. required for the position must be submitted prior to employment.

Employment information may be obtained by contacting:

City of Fort Lauderdale
Human Resources Department
100 N. Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Voice: 954-828-5300
TTY: 954-828-5986
(from 7:45 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday)

General employment information can also be downloaded from this website.

Job applications, résumés, and pre- and post-job offer questionnaires must be made available for public inspection on request, and cannot be kept confidential, according to Chapter 119, Florida Statutes.

Applicants requesting reasonable accommodation during the job application process may contact the Human Resources Department at the address and phone number listed above. Such materials can be provided in alternative forms for the blind and visually impaired, upon request.

Employment lists are established by ranking candidates according to their overall scores in the examination. The candidates must be successful in each part of the examination. To fill each vacancy, the hiring department will make a selection from among the top five ranks on the employment list. A candidate who is not selected will remain on the employment list and will be certified to other vacancies as they occur.

Each person selected by a department to fill a position shall undergo a medical examination, including drug screening, prior to appointment. The medical examination shall be administered by the City. An offer of employment by a department is not binding until a candidate has passed a physical examination based on City standards for performance of duties.

The probationary period is the final phase of the examination process. Each open-competitive appointment to a permanent position shall be subject to a probationary period of one year. Each promotional appointment shall be subject to a six-month probationary period.

In most cases, the City of Fort Lauderdale does not reimburse applicants for any travel or related expenses incurred in connection with applying and competing for employment; nor for relocation upon hire. However, applicants for Management Category I, II, and III jobs may be provided reimbursement in accordance with City Policy.

An eligible veteran who enters an open-competitive examination shall receive preference points added to the total passing score earned in the examination as provided for in the Florida Statutes. To obtain veteran's preference, candidates MUST attach a copy of separation papers (FORM DD214, Member 4 Copy) at the time their online application is filed, and complete the Veteran's Preference Claim Form (Form J-204) PDF File.  For additional information, please refer to Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Employment Benefits

The following explanation of benefits applies to employees in permanent positions. Some benefits differ, depending on the employee representation unit.

Employees earn 15 working days of vacation a year. This leave may be accrued to the amount earned in two years; however, vacation leave may not be taken until an employee has completed six (6) months continuous service.

Twelve working days sick leave are earned each year, with a 90-day limit on accumulation. Accrued sick leave in excess of specified amounts may be converted to cash or vacation leave in accordance with the Personnel Rules or Collective Bargaining Agreements.

The City of Fort Lauderdale observes nine regular holidays a year and such other days as the City Commission may designate. When a holiday falls on Saturday, the immediately preceding Friday shall be declared a holiday, and when a holiday falls on Sunday, the following Monday shall be declared a holiday for City employees.

Medical and hospital coverage is available to all employees and their dependents.

The City contributes to a defined contribution (401a) retirement plan for most employees. Sworn Police and Fire employees have a defined benefit pension.

Employees are paid bi-weekly. Newly hired employees are required to accept pay by direct deposit. Payment by direct deposit will be a condition of employment and all new hires will be asked to designate where they would like their payroll checks to be directly deposited. Employees are eligible for salary increases within their appropriate salary range based on their performance. Consideration for such merit increases is normally at intervals of one year.

457K Supplemental Retirement Account, Section 125 Flexible Spending Account for medical care and/or dependent care.

Tuition Reimbursement, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Credit Union and Supplemental Life Insurance.