Become a Public Works Service Worker

Our process for becoming a Public Works Service Worker I, II or Trainee.
Step 1

Apply for a job

Submit an application when we post the job you're interested in.

Make sure you qualify before applying. 

  • Job qualifications

See job posting and apply

Step 2

Complete the physical agility test

You may need to take a physical agility test for some jobs. If a test is required, we’ll contact you by email to schedule a time for you to take the physical agility test.

To move forward in the process

You must pass each assigned section of the physical agility test. 

After you've passed

  1. We'll add you to a list of eligible candidates
  2. We'll move you forward in the process

Learn about the physical agility test

Step 3

Participate in an interview

We'll email selected candidates an invitation for a job interview. 

You may need to pass the following tests before we make a final job offer:

  • Practical exam
  • Background check
  • Pre-employment tests (drug & alcohol test, medical exam)
Step 4

Practical exams

If you move forward in the process, the second part of your interview may be a divisional practical.

You may need to complete a practical for jobs in the following divisions:

  • Solid Waste & Recycling - This is an abbreviated road rest in a sanitation vehicle.
  • Surface Waters & Sewers - This is a tunnel tour in confined underground spaces.
  • Transportation Maintenance & Repair - Bridge - This involves being hoisted in a person-carrying bucket in a bucket truck. This test involves heights.
Step 5

Complete background checks and pre-employment tests

After the job interview

We’ll make conditional job offers to select candidates.

If you accept a conditional job offer, you may be required to complete:

  • A background check
  • Drug & Alcohol screening
  • Medical exam (DOT physical)

 If your background check and pre-employment test results meet our employment criteria, we will make a final job offer.

Read about the background check and pre-employment tests

Contact us

Human Resources




City Hall
350 S. 5th St., Room 1
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Office hours

8 a.m.  4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday

Monique Fish

Workforce Coordinator

Public Works