Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Human Resources Department located?

Howard Municipal Building, 600 East Broadway

What are the Human Resources Department office hours?

Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (open during the lunch hour)

What types of positions are available with the City of Columbia?

  • Full-time permanent – includes fringe benefit package
  • Part-time permanent – includes partial fringe benefit package
  • Temporary – employees may work up to 1500 hours per calendar year
  • Seasonal – typically last through the summer months

How often do we advertise open jobs?

As they become available.

Where do we advertise open jobs?

How can you apply for open jobs?

  • Jobs will be listed with a stated deadline at
  • Resumes may be included with applications (varies depending on posting)
  • Completed applications must be submitted by the stated deadline
  • After the closing date, applications will be reviewed
  • Human Resources will notify you of your status in 7 – 10 working days (dependent upon position)

How can I apply for temporary/seasonal open jobs?

  • Jobs will be listed as open until filled or have a stated deadline
  • Fill out an application
  • Resumes may be included with applications (varies depending on posting)
  • Completed applications must be submitted as soon as possible or by the stated deadline
  • Applications will be reviewed by the hiring department
  • Hiring departments will only contact applicants they wish to interview

How long do you keep applications on file?

  • If not chosen for the position you apply for, your application will be kept on file for one year
  • It is your responsibility to contact our office to apply for open jobs

How do I apply for jobs that are not advertised?

  • Applications are only accepted for positions that are posted on the website.

When and where are clerical and typing tests given?

  • By appointment only
  • In the Human Resources Department
  • Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (includes the lunch hour)
  • Call (573) 874-7235 to schedule an appointment

How do I apply for Police Officer and Firefighter positions?

  • Visit our website,, to submit an application. Job posting dates vary for both Police and Firefighter positions.

How do I apply for the Communications Operator I position?

  • Please contact Boone County Human Resources.

When are Police Officer and Firefighter jobs opened?

  • Police Officer job is continuously posted on our website.
  • Firefighter job generally opens every 2 years
  • These are subject to change depending on need

Where can I get information on lifeguard certification?

Call Parks & Recreation at (573) 874-7461.

How do I obtain a CDL (Commercial Driver’s License)?

Contact the Missouri Department of Motor Vehicles at (573) 882-9593 or visit the Missouri Department of Motor Vehicles web site.

What benefits are offered?

  1. Competitive salary schedule – reviewed annually
  2. Tax Deferred plans
    • Section 125 Tax Savings Plan
    • 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  3. Group Insurance benefits
    • Life Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • Medical and Dental coverage
    • Long-Term Disability coverage
  4. Post Employment Benefits
    • Supplementary Pension Plan (Fire, Police)
    • Supplementary Pension Plan (LAGERS)
  5. Time off Provisions
    • Holidays
    • Floating Holidays
    • Vacation Leave
    • Sick Leave
  6. Miscellaneous Benefits
    • Sick leave buyback program
    • Uniform allowance