Jobs - Frequently asked questions

  • Visit the EBMUD website at www.ebmud.com and click on the "Jobs" link, then the "Job Opportunities" link, then scroll down through the current list.
  • Call the EBMUD 24-hr Job Hotline at 510-287-0742
  • Visit EBMUD at 375 Eleventh Street, Oakland from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday.

There are two parts to the job application process: 1. Creating an application, and 2. applying for the job.

1. Creating an application:  At any time you may register and create an online applicant account at EBMUD's website at www.ebmud.com. Registration is free. Click on the "Jobs" link, then the "Registration and Login" link. Follow online instructions to help you create your account. Once you have created your account, you may enter your personal information and work experience. Remember your login information for future use. You can build and save your application to be used for job openings now or in the future. It is important that your application include all relevant education and experience. Incomplete applications may be rejected.

2.   If you find a job in which you are interested, it is important to carefully read and follow the instructions on the Job Opportunities Posting.  The testing process and information gathered varies from job to job.  For example, some postings require responding to supplemental questions in addition to information provided on the application, some postings may require submitting educational transcripts, etc. You may apply online by clicking the job title in which you are interested, then clicking the "Apply" link and carefully following all the instructions.

If you need a special accommodation to apply for any job at East Bay Municipal Utility District, please call 510-287-0735.

Online applications are encrypted and stored on a secure site. Only authorized employees and hiring authorities have limited access to the information submitted.

You can only submit applications online. EBMUD only accepts online applications.

To be notified via email about various future recruitments at anytime go to www.ebmud.com, click on the "Jobs" link, then "Job Resources" link then "Job Descriptions and Salary Information" link then your chosen job title link(s), then enter your email, then "Notify Me When This Position Becomes Available" link.

For 12 months after submitting your email address, you will receive an email notification each time a position opens with EBMUD whose category matches one of the categories you've chosen.

Applicants can update their master record contact information at any time by logging into their NeoGov account. Their revised information will be in effect for future exam processes. Applicants must additionally call the Recruitment Division at 510-287-0735 to update their contact information within the time of an exam or after they are on an employment list.

No, if it is noted in the job opportunity posting that a supplemental questionnaire is required. Your application will not be considered if you do not submit the questionnaire. In addition to the required application, the questionnaire is used in the screening process to identify education and work experience of those candidates who have meet the minimum qualifications and who are the best qualified candidate for the position.

Examinations may include any combination of the following components:

  • Application Review for minimum qualifications
  • Supplemental Questionnaire response review
  • Multiple Choice/True-False Written Test
  • Problem Exercise/ Writing Sample Test
  • Performance Test
  • Interview

The various components of each examination are specified in the job opportunity posting for that examination.

While EBMUD does offer a basic “study guide for blue collar workers” we generally do not offer practice tests for examinations. There are a number of test booklets published that may offer guides on general test taking available through local libraries and bookstores.

Anytime: visit www.ebmud.com to download EBMUD's "Entry Level Study Guide ". This generic study guide provides tips, examples and sample problems to help entry-level applicants prepare for EBMUD written and video tests. (www.ebmud.com then "Jobs" link then "Job Resources" link then "Entry Level Study Guide" link to view and/or print).

During the posting period: download the study guide, if there is one. Study guides are specific to and will help applicants study for the exam. Study guides are only available for download during the posting period. (visit www.ebmud.com then "Jobs" link then "Job Opportunities" link then the link to the job you're interested in then "Study Guide" link to print).

All applications must be completed and submitted to Human Resources by the final filing date. There are no exceptions to this rule.

The exam process, from application to employment list can take from two weeks to six months, depending on the job.

Please visit the "Employee Benefits" area of the website: www.ebmud.com then "Jobs" link then "Job Resources" link then "Employee Benefits Program" link then link describing benefit of choice.

Individuals with disabilities are asked to contact the Human Resources Department if accommodations in an examination process are needed. A Human Resources Analyst will ask you to complete a form with pertinent information and what specific accommodation an applicant is requesting. Documentation of the disability should be attached or supplied before testing.

In order to become eligible for a job with EBMUD, you must have submitted an application, demonstrated that you meet the minimum qualifications for the job, passed the examination process and placed on a hiring list. After the conditions have been met you may be contacted by the EBMUD hiring authority for potential employment.

All persons to be employed by the EBMUD are required to comply with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 by presenting documents to verify identity and authorization to work in the United States.

EBMUD does not directly ask for or collect conviction record information from applicants.  EBMUD requires that all new hires go through a Live Scan fingerprint process that pulls California and FBI records for review. 

After receiving a conditional offer of employment, prospective employees may be required to pass a medical examination, which might include a drug test.

Most examinations include an interview. The purpose of the interview is to further assess your experience, knowledge, abilities, training/education and other job-related factors relevant to your qualifications for the position for which you applied. The interview questions will cover a variety of job-related areas.

  • Review the job description for the position to become familiar with the position duties.
  • Be prepared to tell the interviewer about your education, work experience and qualifications as it relates to the position for which you have applied.
  • Listen carefully to the questions and be sure to answer the question.
  • Organize your thoughts and experience to address the positions duties.

You will remain active on the employment list until you request to be inactive, refuse two job offers, are selected for employment, or until the expiration of the employment list (12-24 months).

Yes, you may decline any number of interviews. But you may decline only one job offer before being removed from the employment list, meaning that the second time you decline an offer of employment, your name will be removed from the employment list.

At EBMUD, regular civil service positions may be full-time or less-than-full-time. The benefits to regular civil service positions include all the benefits EBMUD provides. Limited Term and Temporary Construction positions are of limited duration either for two years (LT) or for the duration of a project (TC), have full benefits but are not included in the retirement system. Temporary positions are for a maximum of six (6) months with no benefits. Part time positions are ongoing, limited to 840 hours per year with no benefits except vacation time and sick leave acquired on a pro-rated basis.

In general, for all EBMUD positions, you will need to file an application, show that you meet the minimum qualifications as defined by the job opportunity posting, and then go through an examination process.

For LT, TC or temporary employees to become regular full-time employees they must go through the entire civil service job application process. Provisional employees are not guaranteed a regular position.

Applicants may qualify for a position through an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.

Where experience is substituted for education, the experience must be at the level of the job for which the applicant is applying. All experience is substituted on a year for year basis. Four years of experience are necessary as equivalent for a bachelor’s degree.

Where education is substituted for experience, it must be directly related to the type of work or critical skills, knowledge and abilities required for the class.

A related bachelor’s degree may be substituted for one year of experience.

The applicant is responsible for documenting that his/her experience or education is a viable substitute for the stated minimum qualifications.