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Thank you for your interest in employment with the City of Hattiesburg. There are several ways to apply for an open, posted position:

• Complete the Online Application Process here.

• Apply in person at the Human Resources Department, 3rd floor City Hall, 200 Forrest Street, downtown Hattiesburg, directly across from the Saenger Theater. All available jobs are posted for review; or

If you have any questions about the application process, you may contact the Human Resources Department at 601.545.4571.

NOTE: The application for the Police and Fire Academy is not available online. You must apply in person at the Human Resources Department.


Code Enforcement Officer – Fire Prevention

Position:           Code Enforcement Officer – Fire Prevention

Department:     Fire

Division:          Fire Prevention

Rate of Pay:     $11.04/hr


Nature of Work: Performing tasks related to fire code enforcement, public education and information.

Examples of Work:

  • As assigned, enforce the City-adopted Fire Code
  • Perform, manage and/or assist with commercial inspections
  • Assist other officers with field work as needed
  • In conjunction with other members and agencies, participate in fire cause investigations
  • Schedule and conduct public education events
  • Assist with department public relations
  • Enter information in data management systems related to inspections, code enforcement or other aspects of fire prevention tasks
  • Organize and file Fire Prevention records
  • Interact with public in and out of office on behalf of Fire Prevention
  • Assist with other duties as assigned by fire chief or fire marshal


Desirable Qualifications:

High school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent and two (2) years experience or any equivalent combination of education and experience. Data entry background and familiarity with Microsoft Office.



 Within two (2) years of employment, code enforcement officers are expected to have attained the following certifications:

  • Fire Inspector 1031-1
  • Fire Investigator 1033

Upon earning both certifications, code enforcement officers will be eligible for incentive pay in the amount of $2,000 per year. Continuance of the incentive will be dependent on the member attaining 48 hours of continuing education per year in either the fields of inspection or investigation, and performing the number of commercial inspections per year as assigned by the fire marshal.


Posting Date: February 23, 2015








RATE OF PAY:       $9.50/hr


This is secretarial and clerical work that involves a wide variety of activities in assisting the manager of a division. Work is under general supervision, but employee should be able to work independently on daily activities, with initiative, independent judgment and discretion in all duties.  Work involves considerable amount of contact with the public.



  • Type confidential correspondence, invoices, lease contracts, and other materials.  Composes and types routine memos and letters.
    • Enters information on computer.  Accesses computer files for specialized information.
    • Answers the telephone, interviews, screens, and refers callers as needed.  Answers various inquiries and provides information on departmental services and functions.
    • Maintains appointment schedules, orders office supplies, opens mail and distributes accordingly.
    • Performs duties unique to the department, division, or office that are not of a clerical nature.
    • Performs related work as required.


  • High school graduate or G.E.D. or equivalent.
  • Considerable experience in responsible secretarial work, or any equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Considerable knowledge of modern office equipment such as, computer, printer, and calculator.  Ability to make independent decisions in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  • Ability to type 40-50 WPM.
  • Desired experience and knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Word, Excel and WordPerfect.

POSTING DATE:   February 18, 2015

Custodian/ Full-time

Position:                      Custodian/ Full-time

Department:                Parks and Recreation

Division:                      Cultural Affairs

Rate of Pay:                $9.00/hr


Nature of Work:

Ability to follow instructions, knowledge of equipment, materials and techniques of custodial care for buildings. Ability to perform tasks of position through physical strength, agility and dexterity.

Examples of Work:

  • Clean and maintain city buildings.
  • Clean and sanitize restrooms.
  • Maintain supplies for job requirements.
  • Empty trash regularly.
  • Maintain and insure buildings are secure nightly.
  • Report any problems encountered to supervisor.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Desirable Qualifications:

High school graduate or G.E.D. One (1) year experience in custodial care is desired. Ability to understand and execute oral and written instructions (in English).

Must be able to work nights and weekends.

Must have and maintain a valid Mississippi Driver’s License.

Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with others.


Posting Date:  February 17, 2015








The following duties are normal for this position.  These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned.

This is manual labor type work.  Incumbent will be exposed to various conditions associated with working manually in the outdoors and will be exposed to extreme summer and winter weather conditions.  Participates in upkeep of facilities and equipment, including pavilions, playgrounds, buildings, and other structures; paints buildings, performs preventative maintenance, routine building and plumbing repairs; repairs picnic tables; repairs and maintains playgrounds; picks up paper/trash; cleans and disinfects restrooms.  Participates in the upkeep of athletic fields and courts to ensure they are ready for use; grooms and lines fields according to applicable rules; installs and maintains fixtures such as bases, nets, goal posts, baskets, goals, flags; repairs sprinkler heads, uses various equipment and tools such as lawnmower, weed eater, rake, shovels, and other related equipment for use in ball-field care.  Participates in landscape maintenance on occasion.

Operates City-owned vehicles to include trucks, tractor, bobcat, pressure washer, blower, and other specialized vehicles in the daily performance of duties; adheres to all local, state and federal safety regulations.

Performs preventive and routine maintenance and service on vehicles and equipment; changes oil and filters, replaces parts and makes adjustments as necessary; removes and replaces shafts, blades, and other maintained mower parts; ensures proper working condition of all equipment; completes vehicle and equipment maintenance reports.

Cleans and maintains pools and fountains; applies chemicals as directed.



Performs other related duties as required; after hours and weekend work required when assigned.



High school diploma or GED; 2 months previous experience and/or training involving general grounds and building maintenance desired; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.


Must possess and maintain a valid Mississippi driver’s license.


Posted: 02/03/2015

Department of Public Works (Equipment Operator)

Position: Equipment Operator
Department: Sanitation
Division: Public Works
Rate of Pay: $10.00/hr


Nature of Work:
• Skilled work in the operation of light and heavy-duty construction maintenance equipment.
• Operator is responsible for daily preventive maintenance of equipment.
• Assignments are usually received in the form of orders to accomplish a specific task.
• Supervision may be exercised over a small group of laborers.

Examples of Work:
• Operation of equipment such as dump trucks, back-hoes, dozers, etc. for repairs and construction.
• Operates a front-end loader in loading asphalt, gravel, sand, rock slag slurry and similar materials onto trucks.
• Performs related work as required.

Desirable Qualifications:
• High school diploma or G.E.D.
• Two (2) years' work related experience in concrete finishing, culvert installation and asphalt lay-down and repair of sidewalk, curbs, and gutters.
• Must have a valid commercial driver's license.

Posting Date: November 26, 2014

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