Application Process

The City of Coquitlam is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.   

Only applicants who are legally entitled to work in Canada can be considered for employment.

General Information

Permanent vacancies (regular full time and regular part time) are generally filled through a posted and/or advertised competitive process and therefore we do not generally source applicant information provided as part of the on-line registration process where no particular job has been selected.

You are required to apply with a separate application to any advertised vacancies that interest you. You can subscribe to our “Job Notification” service on the “Register with Us” tab, which will alert you to vacancies of interest.

Union vacancies are filled with first consideration given to qualified CUPE and IAFF members as per the Collective Agreement.

Steps in the Application & Recruitment Process

Posting and Advertisements

Internal job postings are visible on our job board beside the Human Resources counter on the 2nd floor of City Hall. External job advertisements typically may be viewed at the following locations:

  • City website under Career Opportunities
  • Job board beside the Human Resources counter on the 2nd floor of City Hall
  • CivicInfo website
  • Facebook
  • Professional Organizations such as PIBC, APEGBC, BCRPA, RFABC, etc.

Register with Us 
Use this tab to submit your resume and/or set up your profile if you are not applying for any of our current job openings. If you are uploading your resume to pre-populate the information, Image PDFs cannot be extracted. Please submit a WORD, Wordpad, Notepad, text PDF or other text document.

Then, visit our website regularly to check and apply for City of Coquitlam jobs and career opportunities that suit you and your skills. Since your information is tied to your online profile, you'll just need to sign in and complete a new online application form for each position you apply for.

You can subscribe to our “Job Notification” service on the “Register with Us” tab, which will alert you to vacancies of interest.

Having your resume in our database may give you more opportunities for positions. If we're not able to find a suitable applicant from those candidates who directly respond to the job posting(s), we may scan the entire database for the skills and knowledge we require and contact you to see if you are interested.

Driver's Record/Abstract
When requested, as part of the online application process, you may be required to upload a recent (within the last 30 days) copy of your driver’s record/abstract. You can obtain a current BC driver's record/abstract, free of charge by contacting ICBC.

Addressing the Cover Letter
Although not required, you may upload a cover letter at the end of the online application process. A number of individuals are involved in each recruitment process so we request that you address your cover letter to: Human Resources Personnel.

Multiple Vacancies
If you are interested in multiple vacancies, you will need to submit an online application for each vacancy.

Contact After Applying for a Job
Once you have submitted your online application, you will receive an email confirming our receipt of it. Due to the high interest and subsequent volume of applications we receive, only those applicants who are being considered to participate in the competitive process will be contacted.

If You are Short Listed
You will be invited to participate in the recruitment process. We will contact you with specific details by telephone and/or email.

Testing: Most positions require that skill and/or knowledge based testing be conducted, specific to the job for which you applied. Testing may include written or computer formats or a combination of both. Aptitude and mechanical aptitude testing is typically only conducted for the positions of maintenance workers and career firefighters. If you meet or exceed the predetermined passing score, you will be scheduled for an interview.  Candidates who are not successful in passing the testing component will be notified by telephone or email. Note: personal electronic devices are not allowed in the testing room.

Interview: All interviews consist of a panel of interviewers, usually between two to four individuals. We frequently ask behavioural based questions when conducting our interviews. Candidates are encouraged to bring pen and paper into the interview as well as any prepared notes to increase the likelihood of a successful outcome. The City of Coquitlam has 5 core competencies, reflected at times during the interview process:  service excellence, demonstrating respect, teamwork, communication and personal approach.

Human Resources Division

Email General Inquiries: hradmin@coquitlam.ca
Phone: 604-927-3070

City of Coquitlam
Human Resources Division, 2nd Floor
3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, BC, V3B 7N2

Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., excluding Statutory Holidays

Please note: Resumes are not accepted by email.