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Application Process

Thank you for your interest in employment.  Follow the steps below to apply for an open position.

Submit Application

  • Submit your application online or in HR using the City’s computer.
  • Your application will be processed and sent almost immediately to the department of the position you applied for.

Application Review

  • The department with the position you applied for will review ALL applications submitted.
  • If you are going to be selected for an interview the department will contact you usually with a week or so after the position is closed. 

Applying for More than One Position

  • You may apply for more than one position even if at different departments
  • To do so click on the “Add” button under the position on the application.
  • Your application will go to all of the departments you applied for.

Applications Remain on File for 6 months

  • If you are not selected for a position you applied for, you may continue to apply for other open positions by putting in a new application or calling HR at 601-545-4571 to request your previous application be moved to be considered for another position.
  • Applications remain on file for 6 months.

Applications for Police Officer or Fire Fighter

  • Applications for the above are only accepted during an active recruitment process.  Notice will be placed on this website when they are being accepted.
  • Once a recruitment period begins, all applicants must apply in person at the Human Resources Department.
  • Out of the area candidates may contact the Training Academy at 601-545-4650 for additional information and/or application.


Police Officer



The city of Hattiesburg is seeking qualified persons to become police officers.


Minimum Requirements:

  1. Applicants must be 21 years of age or older at the time of application.
  2. Be a United States citizen.
  3. Must have a High School Diploma or GED (college degree is preferred).
  4. Have no felony arrests or other serious criminal background.
  5. Reside within ten (10) miles of Hattiesburg city limits or relocate within six (6) months of employment.
  6. Possess a valid driver’s license.
  7. Be a registered voter in his/her current county/city of residence.
  8. Be of good moral character


Candidates in Police Academy will be paid while they are in the academy at an hourly rate of pay equal to $22,000/yr. with a change of salary effective upon graduation.


After successful Academy completion, Entry Level Officers receive: $30,000/yr – without college degree; $31,000/yr – AA Degree; $32,000/yr – BA Degree; $33,000/yr – Master’s degree.


Applications are being accepted from July 6, 2015 8:00 a.m. through September 2, 2015 5:00 p.m. in the Human Resources Department, 200 Forrest Street, Hattiesburg MS.

The Civil Service Exam will be offered only on the following date and time at the Hattiesburg Police and Fire Training Academy (53 Academy Drive, Hattiesburg, MS) - Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 9:00am. You must have your application in at City Hall prior to the deadline to be able to take the Civil Service Exam.


*This is to establish an eligibility list only.




Position: Deputy Court Clerk


Status: Full-Time


Department: Court


Rate of Pay: $9.00/hr



Nature of Work: Work involves the performance of technical clerical functions.  Incumbent must apply independent judgment and interpret routine policies and regulations.


Examples of Work:

  • Collects, sorts, and files court cases


  • Pulls warrants and match arrest sheets


  • Assists in compiling traffic dockets for the Court


  • Enters required information on display terminal


  • Waits on public at counter; accepts payments and issues receipts; enters payments in Court records.


  • Performs related work as required


Desirable Qualifications: High School Diploma or G.E.D., plus two (2) years Court clerical experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Persons in this position must be bondable. Though the city pays for the bonding process, all applicants must complete the Public Official’s Application and Indemnity Agreement before any offer of position can be extended.

Posting Date: 06/23/2015


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 MUST 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.  Failure to obtain both certifications within the 2 year required timeframe may result in termination of employment.


Posting Date:  June 8, 2015




MPO Division Manager

Position: MPO Division Manager

Department: Department of Federal & State Programs 

Division: Metropolitan Planning Organization

Salary: $40,000 (+/- DOE)


Job Summary:

The MPO Division Manager is responsible for the management, coordination, and administration of the Hattiesburg-Petal-Forrest-Lamar Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) program.   Works under the general guidance of the Director of Federal and State Programs in his/her capacity as MPO Executive Director.    Includes long-range comprehensive/ transportation plans; sub-area studies; short-range transportation improvement programs; urban and regional transit planning; annual work programs; and other pertinent MPO documents, policies, and programs.  Conducts research and analysis of information and adherence to current federal legislation, MDOT, FHWA and FTA requirements. Ensure compliance with Federal and State laws and conformance to acceptable professional standards.


  • A Bachelor's Degree in Planning, Engineering, Architecture, Public Administration, Business Administration, or closely related field and five years of experience in urban and regional planning, and substantial experience working with a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).
  • This background should include extensive experience and understanding of planning of multi-modal transportation initiatives, including highways, public transit, rail, walking and biking, along with knowledge and experience in air quality issues related to transportation.
  • This position requires superior management skills in the following areas: local government administration, planning, public financing, grant processes, legislative processes, public relations, and communications. Experience in working with elected officials and state and federal agencies is highly desirable.
  • The candidate should possess superior organization, communication and leadership skills.
  • Competence in the use of Microsoft Office products is desirable.


Skills & Abilities:

  • A self-motivating individual that demonstrates strong leadership qualities and organizational skills willing to a manage and assign duties in a team environment
  • Leader, trainer, and team builder with operational and administration experience, as well as, outstanding management, analytical and technical acumen
  • Excellent interpersonal relations/oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to perform work related to developing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders in various levels of government, private industry, and federal, state, and local agencies/organizations
  • Ability to prioritize workloads and meet goals and deadlines
  • Ability to work effectively with and developing staff.
  • Ability to submit all required reports in a timely manner in an environment of frequent change and unexpected events
  • Ability to provide technical direction and guidance to assigned team members
  • Inspire and foster team commitment, spirit, pride, and trust.

Essential Job Functions

  • Building and maintaining relationships with the Transportation Policy Committee, The Transportation Technical Committee, the Mississippi  Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transit Administration and all member jurisdictions.
  • Broadening outreach efforts to other potential planning partners throughout the region.
  • Directly supervising the work activities of a small, dedicated team.
  • Strengthening the overall quality of MPO’s work product utilizing current best practices in conformity with federal, state, and local regulations and practices.
  • Performs a variety of routine and complex administrative, technical and professional work.
  • Provides technical and professional advice; prepares written reports and makes presentations to MPO Technical and Policy Committees, supervisors, city councils other boards, commissions, civic groups and the general public.
  • Provides information on the transportation planning process and projects.
  • Performs technical and professional work on MPO plans, programs, and studies, including the Metropolitan Transportation Plan, the Transportation Improvement Program, Unified Planning Work Program, bicycle and pedestrian plans, transit plans, and a regional ITS architecture.
  • Supports state and local project development and work on feasibility studies, environmental documents, and the design process.
  • Supports other initiatives including bicycle and pedestrian planning and project development, comprehensive planning, and public involvement and outreach activities.
  • Coordinate efforts in the administrating  of the HPFL-MPO  and FTA programs by  managing existing grants by: tracking grants; developing internal reporting systems; writing reports; maintaining excellent historical records; working with staff to ensure each project or program is meeting proposal conditions and expectations.
  • Monitor and manage grants income goal.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to operate various machines and/or equipment; and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job, primarily in an office environment.


Posting Date:


Position: Mechanic


Department: Public Services


Division: Shop


Rate of Pay: $12.00/hr


Nature of Work:


This is skilled to semi-skilled work in the maintenance and repair of a variety of city vehicles and equipment.  Employees in this class are responsible for assisting in the maintenance and repair of such equipment as automotive cars and trucks, heavy duty class trucks, tractors, mass transit buses, dozers, mowers, pumps, and utility maintenance and construction equipment.  Work is designated by supervisors and is generally inspected by the same in the form of tests and usage.


Essential Functions of Job:


  • Performs oil and lube jobs on an assortment of equipment.  Under supervision, will perform overhaul and repairs on gasoline engines.
  • Assist in the repair, replacement, and installation of certain parts such as transmissions, brakes, clutches, wheels, etc.
  • Does diversified electrical work on automotive equipment such as batteries, terminals, lighting, generators and starters.
  • Makes road tests to insure and inspect defects which have been repaired or to be repaired.
  • Performs minor repairs on pumping systems.
  • Any one position may not include off of the duties listed, nor is it meant not to include other duties.
  • Performs related work as requested or required.



Desirable Education and Experience:


Graduation from high school or G.E.D equivalent with one year working experience as an automotive mechanic; or an equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the skills, knowledge and ability to perform the required tasks.


Application must possess a Commercial Driver’s License of at least a Class “B” or agree to obtain a commercial driver’s license with six (6) months of hire.


Posting Date: 06/04/2015

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