Join Our Team

Whether at City Hall or out on city streets, our employees serve our residents, businesses, and visitors every day. Here, your work matters and makes a difference in the lives of people. We offer great pay, benefits, and everything you need to successfully serve our residents and excel in your career. With over 700 employees in virtually all lines of work, the City of Dubuque is guaranteed to have the perfect career fit for you. Make your work meaningful and join our team!

New to View a comprehensive, step-by-step guide on the application process. Need technical support? Call Government Jobs' Live Application Support at 855-524-5627. 

Competitive Benefits

We offer great pay, benefits, and everything you need to successfully serve our residents and excel in your career!

  • Top-tier health and dental insurance coverage
  • Twelve weeks of full-pay parental leave after birth or adoption
  • Generous paid time off and 12 paid holidays
  • Secure pensions and retirement savings (IPERS or MFPRSI)
  • Coaching and counseling: Employee assistance programs
  • Public service loan forgiveness programs
  • Tuition reimbursement program
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Short-term disability
  • Longevity pay for years of service
  • Paid volunteer time
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Deferred compensation plan
  • Life and AD&D insurance coverage

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We have SPIRIT, yes we do! SPIRIT describes our values and how we approach our daily work and long-term goals. It's in our organization's culture to bring the following to our work:

  • Service We are responsive.
  • People  We care and have compassion for those we serve and with whom we work.
  • Integrity We are honest and strive for excellence.
  • Responsibility  We are accountable.
  • Innovation We look for better ways.
  • Teamwork  We encourage input for better results and celebrate successes.

Our award-winning employees are actively engaged during and outside working hours. Learn more about the impact our employees have on the community in which they serve!

What Our Employees Say

95% of our employees agreed "I have at least one coworker that I trust and enjoy working with.” in our last employee survey. People love their work, and they love the people they work with. Take their word for it and watch employee testimonials.


Nicole Brehm

“Working as an officer for the City of Dubuque has made me appreciate all the city has to offer. Great people and organizations that know how to collaborate to make our community better. With that, there are lots of opportunities in our department to grow and become a positive leader.”


Anderson Sainci

“My favorite part of working for the City is being able to make my community a better place for today’s and tomorrow’s generation. The City encourages employees to get involved in the community. I enjoy volunteering my time, talents and treasure to make the community a better place.”


Robyn Hosch

“Since starting with the City I’ve been amazed by the work-life balance I’ve been offered. It has been so nice to work for an employer that understands life events come up and to have the option to work remotely or flex your work schedule so that it integrates with your personal life. Finding this type of flexibility in the workplace is not common, and I’m so lucky to enjoy it!“

Opportunity For All

The City of Dubuque is proud to be an equal opportunity employer for all who do, or are looking to, call Dubuque home. We are committed to equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Diverse backgrounds help us serve our diverse community, and are encouraged to apply.

Home Base Iowa

The City of Dubuque is a Home Base Iowa Community. We have committed to rolling out the red carpet and welcoming military members and their families leaving the service in becoming Dubuquers and finding employment in our city. Resources and guidance is available to veterans through the Home Base Iowa Program

Municipal Equality Index

Dubuque has scored scored among the top cities in the nation on the Municipal Equality Index, issued by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). The index score municipalities across the country based on the inclusiveness of their laws for residents, policies as an employer, and services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) residents. Read the report. 

Get To Know Dubuque

Not familiar with Dubuque? Newcomers have described it as "welcoming, beautiful, and progressive." Learn more about what our small city and the surrounding area have to offer!