Human Resources

Employment with the City of Waycross:

Instructions for Application | click here for more information

Applicant Information: Thank you for your interest in employment with the City of Waycross. Please read the following before completing your application.

  • Employment Policy The City of Waycross is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • Application Procedures Applicants must complete a City of Waycross Application for Employment for each position. Please follow the instructions shown on the application. All applications must be completed in full. A resume may be attached or included to provide more information but does not take the place of completing the application.
  • Job Requirements Please note the education and/or experience requirements listed on the Vacancy Notice. These are minimum standards that all applicants must meet in order to be considered for employment.
  • Application Review Completed applications should be reviewed in the Human Resources Department by the established closing dates as stated on the Vacancy Notice. The information you provide may be subject to public disclosure under the Georgia Open Records Act.

Selection Process; Human Resources prepares the notices to publicize vacancies and to assist in locating qualified candidates for vacant positions. Various media and areas of recruitment shall be used as may be expected to bring notice of vacancies to as many qualified persons as possible and to assure obtaining well-qualified applicants.

  • Open Continuous Applications Before possible consideration for employment, each applicant must have a written employment application on file in the Human Resources Department. As a general policy, in order not to lose competent applicants, applications will be accepted at any time whether or not a vacancy has been announced. Applications will remain on file for six months. As a result of a single application, a candidate shall be considered for all classes of positions for which he/she is qualified.
  • Method of Application and Evaluation Reference and investigation requirements will be used to determine the reputation, competence, honesty, stability, dependability, etc., of each applicant. Such investigation may include fingerprinting, criminal background investigation, employment references, drug screening, credit checks, motor vehicle report, physical and any other investigation as may be required due to the nature of the position.
  • Interviews Upon initial review and removal of applicants from consideration that are rejected in accordance with the standards set forth above, the Human Resources Director shall forward the remaining applications to the Department Director for further consideration, which may include conducting personal interview with those remaining applicants.
  • Pre-Employment Tests Pre-employment physicals and drug screens are given to all applicants. All offers of employment by the City are made conditionally based on the requirements that candidates shall pass both a physical exam and drug screen. Pre-employment Tests include but are not limited to drug screen, criminal history check, psychological exam, and truth verification. A final offer of employment is extended once all results are satisfactory.
  • Employment Selections Candidates selected for employment are required to provide proof of identity and authorization of employability as outlined by the United States Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services. Other documentation required include official high school diploma, GED certificate, college transcript, motor vehicle record check, and a DD214 (if applicable).* All applicants are informed who and who are not interviewed in writing by the Human Resources Department.

 Application forms for all Departments can be found on ‘Current Job Opportunities’ Page, which can be found [here].

 

Benefits:

Employee Benefits | click here for more information

Probationary Period: New employees begin their tenure with the City Waycross as probationary employees. The duration of the probationary period is six (6) months. During this time, the employee needs to demonstrate an acceptable level of competence in order to be recommended for further employment.

Payroll: Employees are paid on a bi-weekly basis. An active checking or savings account is required by all new employees for direct deposit purposes.

Sick Leave: Sick leave is a benefit provided to eligible employees who are unable to perform the duties of their positions because of personal illness. Probationary employees may accrue sick leave but shall not be permitted to use sick leave during the first three months of the probationary period.

Annual Leave: Annual Leave (Vacation) is a paid benefit for regular status employees to be used for vacations or any purpose the employee chooses. Probationary employees are not eligible to take paid leave during the first six (6) months of employment. Full-time employees accrue 40 hours of annual leave for the first two years of employment; 80 hours per year for three to ten years of employment; 120 hours per year for eleven to twenty years of employment; and 160 hours per year for beyond 21 years of employment.

Paid Holidays:

HOLIDAY

DATES OBSERVED

New Year’s Day

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Martin Luther King Day

Monday, January 20, 2014

Good Friday

Friday, April 18, 2014

Memorial Day

Monday, May 26, 2014

Independence Day

Friday, July 4, 2014

Labor Day

Monday, September 1, 2014

Thanksgiving & day after

Thurs. & Fri., November 27-28, 2014

Christmas Day

Thursday, December 25, 2014

“Floating Holiday

TBA

Employee Assistance Program (EAP): Counseling for personal and family problems including alcohol and/or substance abuse is available to regular full-time employees and members of their immediate family as defined by policy. This program is confidential and information is not provided to anyone without specific written authorization by the employee. The City pays the cost of the first three visits.

Employee Retirement Benefits: A great benefit of working with the City of Waycross is the ability to participate in the Georgia Municipal Employees Benefit System, Georgia Firefighters’ Pension Fund, or Georgia Peace Officers’ Annuity and Benefit Fund of Georgia. These plans are all defined benefit pension plans. The City of Waycross provides a Defined Benefit Plan for all eligible employees. Benefits are based on earnings, years of service and age at retirement. Employees are eligible for benefits upon the completion of ten (10) years of total credit service. Normal retirement age is sixty-five; however, employees with thirty years of service at age of sixty may receive immediate reduced benefits. Employees are also offered an Alternative Rule of 85/90. The employees’ combined total credited service and age must equal or exceed this number. Alternative Rule of 85 is for Public Safety (Firefighters and Police Officers) and Rule of 90 is for regular employees.

 For a Retirement Handbook, click on the City Depts. – Online Forms to the right and scroll to the Human Resources section.

Insurance Benefits | click here for more information

Medical Benefits: Coverage begins 30 days after the date of full-time employment.

Premium Costs:

Coverage

Medical

Dental

Combined Cost For Medical & Dental

Employee Only

$38

$12.00

$50.00

Employee +1

$87

$20.00

$107.00

Family Coverage

$131

$30.00

$161.00

Vision Plan:

Coverage

Vision

Employee Only

$3.36

Employee + Children

$6.09

Employee + Spouse

$6.68

Family Coverage

$9.42

Basic Life Insurance: Basic life insurance is furnished by the City of Waycross for regular full-time employees. Employees are covered 30 days after date of full-time employment.

Voluntary Benefits: Voluntary Benefits are available and paid by the employee.

  • Long & Short-Term Disability
  • Deferred Compensation
  • Voluntary Life Insurance and Dependent Life
  • Critical Illness
  • Accident Insurance
  • Cancer Insurance

Employee Relations | click here for more information

Employee of the Month: The City of Waycross has implemented a program each month to recognize an employee who is nominated by co-workers for outstanding achievement or performance. These nominations are accepted from any City employee to the Employee of the Month Committee. This committee is made up of City employees representing a cross section of departments throughout the City. The Committee then makes their selection and the Employee of the Month is presented in a ceremony before the City Commission on the first Commission meeting of the month following the selection. Each Employee of the Month is awarded a certificate signed by the City Manager and the Mayor, a plaque and a gift certificate.

Guidelines:

  • Thinking of nominating someone for employee of the month? The following guidelines for a nomination along with the form.
  • Employees cannot be nominated if they are on probation.
  • Nomination forms should be submitted to your department director. The director will then pass on to Human Resources.
  • Nominations are due between the 15th and the 25th day of the month to Human Resources, who will then forward to the Employee Relations Committee.
  • Any City employee may nominate any employee from any department.
  • Employee Performance should be “above and beyond” what is normally expected in the day to day performance of job duties.

Employee of the Year: The Employee of the Year was established in 2011. At the end of each year, the twelve “Employee of the Month” selections are considered for the Employee of the Year Award. The same process is followed as for the Employee of the Month and on the second Commission meeting in January, the Employee of the Year is honored before the City Commissioners. The Employee of the Year is awarded a certificate signed by the City Manager and the Mayor, a plaque and a gift certificate.

Wellness Program | click here for more information

The City of Waycross firmly believes that quality health plays an important role in the lives of our employees. As part of our commitment to improve the lives of our employees and to control our health care costs, we are delighted to continue our partnership with our health management program with J. Smith Lanier & Co./Accountable Health Solutions. Your wellness program offers you a variety of services and activities throughout the year, including a wellness assessment, educational opportunities, health coaching and more. When you participate in the wellness program activities, you earn Wellness Credits. In the process of earning credits, you will also learn a great deal about health and well-being, and more importantly, have opportunities to put that knowledge into action. Employees that participate have a chance to earn up to 60 wellness credits per year. This is equal to two (2) days of annual leave. This leave has to be used before the end of the current calendar year. Note: All identifying personal health information (PHI) is strictly confidential and is never shared with anyone without your written and express consent.

All information is subject to HIPAA privacy laws and is handled within those guidelines and regulations.

Employee Access Only Website: www.JSLWellness.com

Access Code: J.SKPSTØ

 

Policies and Procedures:

Personnel Policy | click here for more information

Please click on the link below to review the following policy and procedures manual.

 For City of Waycross Handbook, click on the City Depts. – Online Forms to the right and scroll to the Human Resources section.

Risk Management | click here for more information

Risk Management’s primary objective is to facilitate the safety and protection of the resources of the City of Waycross. The safety and well-being of the citizens of the City of Waycross is of vital importance to its employees when offering public services and providing venues for activities. The City of Waycross wishes to ensure that those services and venues are offered without risk of harm to those that use them.

Services provided by the Risk Management Division:

  • Purchase and development of Property, Liability, and Workers’ Compensation insurance programs
  • Administration of claims
  • Direction of Safety and Training
  • Guidance for the City’s loss control and prevention programs

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Any incidents involving the City should be reported immediately at the location to the management on duty.
  • To report a claim to the City, call or visit Risk Management in Human Resources, City Hall on second floor.

All reported claims must be reported on the provided “Loss Report” and accompanied by a Police Report from the date of incident. If you are aware of an unsafe practice or condition or if you have damages that you believe the City of Waycross caused or is responsible for, please contact the Human Resources/Risk Management at 912.287.2903.

 For a Loss Form, click on the City Depts. – Online Forms to the right and scroll to the Human Resources section.

 

FAQ's | click here for more information

How do I apply? The application is available at City Hall, Human Resources Department (second floor), or online under Employment Opportunities. The application will need to complete in full. Applications may be mailed in post marked with the closing date of the position available. Human Resources business hours:

Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm Phone: 912.287.2914 Human Resources Department (second floor) 417 Pendleton Street, Waycross, Georgia 31501

What if I want to submit a resume? You may attach a resume to your application. Please note that submitting a resume does not substitute for completing the application form. The City of Waycross requires an application to be submitted.

I missed the deadline – can I still apply? As with any position, once a closing date has passed, no application will be considered. Applications will be on file for up to six months. Please continue to visit the website and apply for new jobs as they become available.

Do I have to fill out an application? Everyone who applies for a position is required to create an application, which includes certain personal information. The more information you provide, the easier it will be to effectively evaluate your skills, abilities and qualifications. Incomplete applications may be rejected so please be thorough. Please note that submitting a resume does not substitute for completing the application form.

I’ve applied – should I call to check on my application? Due to the volume of applications, not information concerning the status of the application will be given over the phone or in person. Application status will be sent by mail.

 

 For more Human Resources Forms, click on the City Depts.
– Online Forms to the right and scroll to the Human Resources section.