Town Network: Serving the public is fulfilling and challenging work
July 9, 2014
The parks in your community, the roads you drive on and the emergency personnel who keep you safe all have one thing in common. They are maintained by or are employees who work for the local government/municipality. Local government work is meaningful because the work is related to building and improving communities. Police officers protect the community. Engineers and public works staff build and re-build the physical infrastructure. Planners help envision and shape the town’s growth. Parks, Recreation, and Art & Heritage staff members enhance community life and activities. Town management takes residents desires translated into the vision of the elected governing board and sets goals to make them reality.
Local government employees see the fruits of their labor on a daily basis. They see street improvements, improved traffic patterns, new businesses moving to the community, as well as happier and more fulfilled children, families and senior citizens. They work closely with the local residents, respond to their needs and provide real solutions. Municipal employees get to make a difference in the community they work for and possibly live in.
Steady demand for services — job security or employer stability, public needs and wants — is ongoing. No one asks local government to reduce police services, public works or recreation programs for the children. There are times when government may have to cut programs from time to time because taxes or other revenues decline, but the demand for services is quite steady. Local government is going to be around in times of boom or bust. They don’t go out of business.
Work life balance
Work life balance gains more and more attention every day. The ability to succeed at and be available for your family is important to many. In municipal work, many employees tend to be able to have good work life balance as municipalities operate administratively Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.. There are functions that require our attention outside of these hours, but these types of jobs — emergency responders, parks, recreation, culture & events – often get time off during the week in exchange. We are family friendly and encourage our employees to take care of their most important asset — family.
Working for your local municipality may also mean a shorter commute.
Generous benefits and competitive pay
Government jobs tend to have competitive pay and generous benefits with affordable premiums, which include medical, dental, vision, retirement, disability, life insurance, employee assistance programs, deferred compensation plans, long term and short term disability, holidays, generous vacation and sick leave, wellness programs and tuition reimbursement programs. When benefits are combined with an employee’s base salary, they significantly increase the total compensation package.
The local government work environment is very dynamic. Changing citizen demands, new federal and state laws and regulations, technology advances, demographic changes, new value trends and other societal forces require municipal employees to constantly upgrade their skills, talents and abilities. Consequently, local governments need agile learners who are eager to pick up new ways of doing business or delivering services.
Government employees are always encouraged to further their education and training through professional organizations, online training, networking with other municipalities, colleges and universities, as well as in-house learning and developmental opportunities. In smaller municipalities (population 40,000 and under), the opportunity exists to have a broader range of expertise because of the need to cross functions or collaborate to deliver great outcomes on projects.
Diversity of jobs
The work is varied and spans many professional and trade areas. For the most part, if the job exists, most municipal governments will employ a person in that profession in some capacity. Local government employs accountants, I.T. professionals, inspectors, human resources, planners, coaches, museum staff, water and sewer technicians, laborers, forestry personnel, landscapers, instructors (fitness, dance, marital arts, aquatics, arts and crafts and more), construction workers, administrative assistants, custodians, crossing guards, engineers, event coordinators, equipment operators, customer service representatives, receptionists, directors, managers, supervisors and leads, fleet mechanics, recycle attendants, facility maintenance techs, police officers, drivers, program coordinators, building attendants, life guards, cashiers, events staff and much more.
Local governments have full-time jobs, part-time jobs, seasonal jobs and volunteer opportunities. They welcome retirees, students, homemakers, folks from all walks of life.
While the majority of municipalities experience growth, those under a population of 40,000 are still seen as a small. The opportunity to move up the ladder exists, but if not, there is a natural hierarchy in government. When local government employees want more in their careers, the opportunity exists for them to go to larger municipalities or perhaps the county, state or federal level of government.
Consider a career in local government if:
» You want meaningful and challenging work
» You want to make a difference and build and improve communities
» You want a competitive salary and good benefits
» You are interested in learning
» You want work-life balance
There are a variety of reasons to work for your local municipality. Whether you are looking for a long-term job with a pension, short-term job for the summer, a job to make extra spending money one or two times a month, or the chance to contribute to the community you live in, chances are we have something that can be a benefit to you. We may be just what you are looking for. Visit http://www.windsorgov.com/jobs for current openings.