Working for the City

Employment OpportunitiesThank you for your interest in employment with the City of Manhattan. We only accept positions that are currently open and advertised. Applicants should be at least 18 years old for most positions, but no younger than 16 for any position. Our online employment site allows applicants to easily search and apply for open positions: see open positions.

Applications must be submitted by the closing date, if applicable. People requiring assistance should contact the City's Department of Human Resources at (785) 587-2440 or For information about temporary or seasonal positions, please call (785) 587-2754.

The City of Manhattan is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

If you are relocating to Manhattan, learn more about our community and potential jobs for your accompanying family members.

Employee Benefits
The City has a variety of employee benefit programs designed to assist employees and their eligible dependents in meeting the financial burdens that can result from illness, disability and death, and to help employees plan for retirement, deal with job-related or personal problems, and enhance their job-related skills.

Become a Firefighter
View information related to becoming a firefighter or student firefighter with the Manhattan Fire Department. To see if the city is currently accepting Firefighter or Student Firefighter applications, please visit the Employment Opportunities page. 

Position Listing/Salary Ordinance
The city employs a wide range of positions for our nine departments (City Administration, Manhattan Regional Airport, Finance, Legal, Human Resources, Parks & Recreation, Public Works, Community Development and Fire Services). We employ people in positions from maintenance to engineers, clerical to administrative support, recreation to cemetery, a variety of support staff to senior management, and more.

Each year, according to state law, the city commission must pass a salary ordinance. The salary ordinance of the City of Manhattan relates to the adoption of the city’s pay plan, providing the salaries for classified, unclassified and seasonal/temporary employees. The City's salary ordinance lists the positions the City city employs and the pay range, including minimum and maximum hourly rates.