FAQ - Applying For A State Job
What are the Residency Requirements?
Why must I be a resident of Colorado to apply for State jobs?
The Colorado Constitution, Article XII, Section 13 requires that applicants for state classified government jobs be residents of Colorado, unless this requirement is either performing work primarily 30 miles within the state border or waived by the State Personnel Director or the State Personnel Board.
If the residency requirement has been waived for an announced vacancy, it will be noted on the job announcement and applications will be considered from individuals who are not residents of Colorado. Non-classified positions not governed by State Personnel Rules may consider applications from individuals who are not residents of Colorado.
How will I know if an announcement can consider applications from out of state?
In addition to other important information, the full, official job announcement will note if the announcement will consider applications from individuals who are not residents of Colorado.
To access the full, official job announcement, click on the job title. When the job swings open, click the "Printer" icon located above the job title.
The announcement will either open in a new window or a new tab in your internet browser.
Who qualifies as a resident of the state of Colorado?
You are considered a resident of the state of Colorado the moment you reside within the state. Unlike university/college “residency requirements” for education which typically require proof that you reside within the state for at least one year, your eligibility for state of Colorado classified government positions starts the moment you reside within Colorado.
Will I be asked to prove my residency? If so, what will I need?
Yes, the HR Specialist for any announced state position may contact you and ask for proof of this residency. Items used to prove current state of Colorado residency for employment include the following:
- A current, valid Colorado Driver’s License or Colorado State ID is proof of residency;
- A current utility bill (water, power bill, etc.) from your address with your name and current Colorado residence on it;
- A current landline phone bill to your current Colorado address with your name on it;
- A current state of Colorado voter registration with your name and current Colorado address;
- A current state of Colorado motor vehicle registration with your name and current Colorado address;
- A current deed/ lease for a residence in Colorado with your name;
- A current Colorado state tax return with your name and Colorado address;
- Or a DD Form 2058, State of Legal Residence Certificate, demonstrating Colorado residency.
What are the types of positions in the State of Colorado?
Open Competitive Opportunities
Positions that are announced as “Open-Competitive” means that the announcements are open to all Colorado residents, including current state employees. For some positions, a residency waiver has been granted where the position is accepting out-of-state applicants. Read the announcement carefully.
Positions that are announced as “promotional opportunities for current state employees” (classified staff) are available to all classified employees statewide or within a specific department only. To be considered for a promotional opportunity within the state system, there are three important things to consider:
- You must be a current, qualified state classified employee.
- You must meet the minimum qualifications as announced.
- Temporary appointments at state agencies do not meet the requirements of a current, qualified state classified employee.
Positions that are announced as “non-classified” are not governed by the selection processes of the classified personnel system. In part, this means that they are not bound by the residency requirement, and applications will be considered from residents and non-residents of Colorado. Contact the agency directly for more information.
How do I refine my search?
BY LOCATION, DEPARTMENT, JOB CATEGORY OR ESTIMATED ANNUAL SALARY
Within CO-Jobs, you have the ability to search for jobs listed for a particular State agency, location, job category or estimated annual salary. In the opening page for www.colorado.gov/jobs, scroll down to the search bar,
then choose "Filter". A window will slide open on the right.
You may choose any number of locations, departments, job categories, and estimated salaries. To start, choose a filter category (e.g. Location) and click the checkboxes next to each. Choose the "X" to close the filter and view your results.
To choose multiple filters, open a filter category (e.g. Location) and click the checkbox next to each. To add additional filters, click the "<" next to the Location title, choose another filter category. Repeat until you have chosen all of the filters you would like, then choose the "X" to close the filter and view your results.
The filter will now show you the number of filters you have active in each category. To reset the filter, click on the filter again and choose "Reset All".
You may also search by keyword to see positions that fit certain criteria. Some examples of a keyword search could be “part-time” or “non-classified”. In the search box, enter your keyword Below the Department/ Agency field on the main page, you will see a "Search" box. Enter your keyword and tap the 'Enter' key on your keyboard.
What is a Job Interest Card?
When you complete a job interest card, each time a position opens with State of Colorado whose category matches one of the categories you've chosen, you will receive an email notification for the next 12 months after you submit the form.
To sign up for a job interest card, from the main “State Job Opportunities” page, open the menu by clicking on the menu icon,
then choose "Job Categories/Job Interest Cards”.
Place a check in the box next to each job category for which you would like to receive email notifications, then click the 'Subscribe' button. Fill out the required information in the 'Job Interest Card' section. We'll also send you a reminder email in 11 months to give you an opportunity at that time to extend your notifications for another year.