City of Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island, Washington, Whidbey Island's Premier Waterfront Community

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865 SE Barrington Drive
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
Phone: 360-279-4500
Fax: 360-279-4507

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Employment Process Questions & Answers

Thank you for your interest in employment with the City of Oak Harbor

The City of Oak Harbor encourages applications from all qualified persons regardless of age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability or any other status protected by law.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to apply for a current open position, please contact Human Resources at, (360) 279-4518, or fax your requested accommodation to (360) 279-4559.  If you do not require accommodation to apply for a current open position, please apply by following the directions in the application packet.

Application Process

It is important that your online application show all the relevant education and experience you possess.  Please pay careful attention to the various attachments that are required, as they vary with each recruitment. You must include your employment history, for at least the previous 5 years, in the online application in order to be considered for employment.  Your resume and cover letter may not be used as a substitute for a complete application.  Applications may be rejected if they are incomplete.  Resumes and cover letters are supplemental to the online application.  They provide additional details regarding an applicant, but are not relied upon to determine minimum qualifications in the process. Incomplete or inaccurate information may be reason for disqualification from further consideration.

Job Announcements

Q.  Where does the City advertise jobs?

A.  Employment opportunities are advertised on the Job Openings page of this website, on and in the local newspaper and various other online job sites.  This website is updated regularly for current job openings. 

Q.  Where are Fire and Police jobs advertised?

A.  Fire and Police employment opportunities are advertised on the Job Openings page of this website, and in the local newspaper and various online job sites. Testing is required for police and fire, please visit for FIRE and  for POLICE for details. This website is updated regularly for current job openings. 

Q.  When does the City accept applications?

A.  The City of Oak Harbor ONLY accepts online applications and required materials for advertised open positions posted on the Job Openings page.  We do not accept unsolicited resumes.  It is important that you review each job announcement carefully to see that you meet the minimum qualifications before completing the online application. 

Application for Employment

Q.  Do I need to fill out the online application or can I just send my resume for an open position?

A.  Completed online application along with required materials listed in the job announcement are required for each job opening.  Incomplete or inaccurate information, or missing materials may disqualify you.  

Q.  How do I apply for a job opening?

A.  The City of Oak Harbor jobs are posted on the City website under Job Openings and also at where candidates are able to create a free, secure applicant account, apply for jobs online and view the screening status of their applications. 

Status, Interviews and Testing

Q.  What happens after a job closes?

A.  Once a job posting has closed, the job announcement will be removed from the website but you will be able to log-in to view your status through your applicant portal.  We will contact applicants as we proceed through the process.  If you have not received a phone call, e-mail or letter, then the process is still in the review stage.  Due to the large volume of applications the City receives, the review process may take longer than usual.  Every effort is made to notify applicants selected for an interview as early as possible. 

Human Resources, department designee and/or panel will review all applications for the position after the closing date.  Each application is considered.

Q.  I haven't heard anything about the job status since the job closed, what is the status?

A.  You can check the screening status in your applicant portal. Those selected to interview will be notified of the date, time and location of the interview and if any testing will take place.  Those not selected to interview can see their status in their applicant portal and/or may be notified by email. We suggest you check your spam email as sometimes our emails go to spam. 

Background Checks

Q.  Do you conduct reference and background checks?

A.  Yes.  Reference and background checks are part of the process and are usually conducted prior to hire.  A contingent offer of employment may be made that is subject to a satisfactory background check before beginning work for the City of Oak Harbor.

This employment information is for applicant general information only and does not constitute actual or an implied contractual commitment. Some benefits are negotiated through a collective bargaining unit.

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