Employment Opportunities

Los Altos is a full service City with a budget of approximately $44 million and a full-time staff of 131 employees. Los Altos blends a distinctive community-oriented character with the proximity and influence of the Bay Area’s cultural, recreational and business attractions. With its picturesque neighborhoods, downtown village and highly-rated schools, Los Altos is one of the premier residential communities on the San Francisco Peninsula and a very desirable place to live, work and raise a family.

Application Process

The City of Los Altos only accepts applications for positions that are currently open. To view current employment opportunities, click here.

Applications must be submitted online, as there are job-specific questions that must be answered. If you do not have access to a computer and require a reasonable accommodation, please contact the Human Resources Department by email at hr@losaltosca.gov or by phone at (650) 947-2606.

Selection Process

All applications and materials of qualified candidates will be reviewed. Those most closely matching the desired qualifications and position requirements may be invited to participate in the interview process.

To those who may be applying from outside of the Bay Area and are selected to move on to the final round of interviews, the City of Los Altos kindly requests that you plan to attend in person. Travel expenses will not be covered by the City.

Pre-Employment Requirements

Finalists will be required to undergo a background investigation. Employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of a physical examination. Past criminal convictions cannot be grounds for automatic disqualification but all candidates will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. 

Recreation Staff finalists will be required to undergo a fingerprint check. Employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of a TB test. Past substance abuse and criminal activity may be grounds for disqualification, but all candidates will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Police Officer finalists will be required to undergo a thorough background investigation and criminal/vehicle records check. Employment offers are contingent upon passing a pre-employment physical/drug screen and psychological examination. Past substance abuse and criminal activity may be grounds for disqualification, but all candidates will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. 

Equal Opportunity Employer

The City of Los Altos is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. If you need reasonable accommodation to participate in any component of the testing process, you must notify the Human Resources Division as soon as possible. Pursuant to ADA/FEHA regulations, official documentation to support your request may be required.