Human Resources

The Human Resources Office focuses on benefits, employment, labor contracts, personnel rules and regulations, and wages to achieve a productive City workforce.

Experience/Lateral Police Officer Program

If you have two or more years of post-probationary work experience as a police officer and meet the outlined qualifications, you are eligible for the Lateral Police Officer Program. Applications for experienced police officers are accepted on an ongoing basis and are reviewed weekly. Oral interviews are determined by the hiring needs of the Department. Complete the application today!

Entry-Level Police Officer

Carbondale Entry-Level Police Officer Requirements

  • Age 21 (20 with certain restrictions)
  • Associates Degree (or 60 semester hours) - Education requirements go down with police experience and prior completion of a police academy
  • No record of felony offenses, or certain misdemeanor offenses
  • No visible tattoos
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Valid Driver’s License

Other City Employment

To apply for other employment with the City of Carbondale:

  • Apply with our Online Application or
  • Download the Employment Application and either
    • email it to the Human Resources Manager,
    • hand-deliver to the Human Resources Office, or
    • mail it to City of Carbondale, Human Resources Office, 200 S. Illinois Avenue,
      Carbondale, IL 62902-2047

City of Carbondale COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

All prospective, newly hired, and/or onboarding employees hired after the effective date of the City’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy (September 27, 2021) will be required to be fully vaccinated before their start date, unless otherwise exempted from the Policy by an approved accommodation request. If a new employee has received a COVID-19 vaccination prior to their employment at the City of Carbondale, proof of vaccination must be provided to the Human Resources department.

City Limit Residency Boundary Requirement

The City of Carbondale requires its employees in pay grades 1 to 7 to live within a nine-mile radius from the center of Carbondale. City employees in pay grades 8 and 9 must reside within the Carbondale city limits. A residency nine-mile radius map (PDF) is accessible for viewing. The nine-mile radius is outlined in RED. Please zoom in to accurately check for addresses within the nine miles. To check a residence close to the boundaries of the radius, please contact Planning Services.

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer (EEOE)

The City of Carbondale is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the City of Carbondale to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, veteran status, marital status, sex, national origin, age, on the basis of genetic information, or the existence of a physical or mental disability.

City of Carbondale Organizational Philosophy

As a responsive and caring community, Carbondale's success is not just based on "what we do", but also "how we do it." Our core values define the behaviors important in our interactions with residents, visitors, and one another. These are the values that guide our work: accountability, integrity, fairness, communication, honesty, and teamwork.