It is the intent of the City of Keene to ensure compliance with the requirements of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. It is our policy to recruit, employ, train and promote people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin or physical condition.
The goal of the hiring process is to determine whether job applicants are fit for a particular job. In today's competitive environment, the City must hire, develop, and retain the most qualified, effective, and safe candidates.
The City does not discriminate in employment opportunities or in practices. We accept employment applications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including your selection; job assignment; compensation; terms, conditions, location, or privileges of employment; access to benefits and training; discipline; and termination.
Thank you for your interest in a career with the City of Keene. Employment listings are updated regularly and may include a wide variety of job opportunities within local government.
You may apply for all City jobs except Police Officer in one of three ways:
Mail your resume and letter of transmittal to:
City of Keene, Human Resources
3 Washington Street
Keene NH 03431-3191
Complete a paper application, which may be picked up/completed/returned in person between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. or may be downloaded here: PDF Printout
For employment as a City of Keene Police Officer, click here.
Individuals wishing to become firefighters must pass the New Hampshire Statewide Entrance Examination for Firefighters. This exam is administered by the New Hampshire Department of Safety, Division of Fire Standards and Training and Emergency Medical Services, on a periodic basis. Details are available at http://www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/fstems/index.html. The Keene Fire Department may use the list generated by this state exam process.
The following are procedures of the hiring process:
1. Human Resources (HR) is notified of opening.
2. The department head completes the employment requisition form and submits it to HR.
3. Position Control Committee reviews vacancy with the department and makes a
recommendation to City Manager relative to position status.
4. City Manager determines whether to fill.
5. If approved, the vacancy is posted.
6. Application materials are accepted in HR until the deadline. Late applications cannot be
7. A review team for that vacancy is set up.
8. Application materials are sent to appropriate review team for consideration.
9. An acknowledgement of each application is sent by HR.
10. Initial candidates are selected for interview by the review team.
11. Applicants not selected for interviews are notified by HR.
12. Interviews are scheduled.
13. Interviews are conducted.
14. The final candidate is determined.
15. Reference checks are conducted.
16. A recommendation to extend a conditional offer is forwarded to the City Manager.
17. If approved, a conditional offer is made by the department; background checks are
conducted and appropriate exams or screenings are conducted.
18. Criminal and driving records requests are processed through state agencies; references are checked.
19. Interviewed candidates not selected are notified.
20. Physical examinations and drug tests are conducted, if applicable.
A. Fire Department may utilize Fire Standards and Training Authority lists to determine candidate availability and interview candidates from that list.
B. Police Department may exercise selective referral sources unique to their needs and make
offers based on current standard practice, as identified in Police 063101, Recruitment, 063201A, Selection Process, and 063202A, Applicant Backgrounds.