Employment applications (except for Firefighters and Police Officers, as explained below) are available in the Personnel Office located on the second floor of Village Hall, or you can download and print an application from our web site. Please return the application either in person or by mail to the Personnel Division. The Village of Skokie does not accept applications or resumes via email or fax. Application for employment must be made via U.S. mail, courier service or in person. Applications can be made for any positions at any time. If there are no current vacancies, applications will be maintained for six months. When a vacancy does occur applicants on file will be considered.
Please note that the Village of Skokie does not maintain information regarding position openings for the Skokie Public Library, the Skokie Park District or other employers in the Village. Click here for finding a job in the community.
During the onset of the difficult economic times, the Village of Skokie implemented a hiring freeze where vacant positions are not filled. The hiring freeze has been in effect since December 2008. This is one of many cost saving strategies the Village has implemented in order to reduce spending. Only on an exception basis will the Village fill vacant positions. If a hiring opportunity exists, the position and qualifications will be listed below. The hiring freeze is in effect until further notice and is predicated on the economy and ultimately the Village's financial status.
Current Employment Opportunities
- Alternate School Crossing Guard - Police Department
Job Application (not applicable for Police Officer and Firefighter candidates)
Download, print and submit a completed application form by mail or in person to:
Village of Skokie
ATTN: Personnel Division
5127 Oakton Street
Skokie, Illinois 60077
Application Process for Firefighters and Police Officers
The Board of Police and Fire Commissioners appoint over 40% of Skokie's workforce. The selection process begins with a competitive testing program. For questions or additional information regarding the selection process, please contact the Personnel Office at 847/933-8212.
Typically, testing for both firefighters and police officers is conducted every two years. Positions are filled by candidates that passed testing and are on an eligibility list.
The Village of Skokie is NOT currently testing for police officers. Our current firefighter eligibility list will expire in November 2013. Our current police officer eligibility list will expire in April 2014. Please check this page for any updates or changes.
The following description is intended to serve only as a general summary of the Village of Skokie’s firefighter hiring process:
Applicants are processed in subsequent steps as follows:
- Completion of on-line application and required documents
- Proof of completion of Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) and proof of passing a Ladder Climb Test, with attainment date less than six (6) months of written exam
- Written examination
- An initial eligibility list of applicants is established in numeric order based on written examination scores
- A preliminary eligibility list without preference points will be established in numeric order based on a minimum passing score on the written exam
- Submission of proof of preference points - 5 pts.-one year active military duty with honorable discharge, 2 pts.-Skokie resident, 3 pts.-Illinois Certified Paramedic (EMT-P), 5 pts.-Associate Degree in Fire Service or Emergency Medical Service or Bachelor’s Degree
- A final eligibility list which includes all preference points will be established
- The eligibility list is valid for a period of two years from the date of certification by the Board of Fire & Police Commissioners
Further participation in the selection process will take place as vacancies occur. Applicants will be invited, in rank order, to participate in and successfully advance through the following steps.
- Valid Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) including ladder climb as required by the Board of Fire & Police Commissioners, consistent with state statute
- Polygraph evaluation
- Background investigation including criminal, credit, business, education and employment history and oral interview with the Board of Fire & Police Commissioners
- Conditional offer of employment based on successful completion of Psychological evaluation
- Conditional offer of employment based on successful completion of Medical examination including drug screen
- Enter into an “Abstinence from Tobacco Products Agreement”
- Enter into a “Separation from Employment – Reimbursement Agreement”
- Appointment and swearing-in ceremony before the Skokie Board of Trustees
Following appointment, a new firefighter is required to satisfy certain other requirements. Those requirements include:
- Successful completion and certification as a Basic Operations Firefighter at the fire recruit academy approved by the Fire Chief and by the Office of the State Fire Marshal
- Basic Operations Firefighter includes:
- Minimum 180 hours of training with written and practical exam
- Fire Service Vehicle Operator Course Completion
- Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations Certification
- Technical Rescue Awareness Certification
- CPR/Basic First Aid Training Competence
- NIMS ICS-100 and IS-700
- “Courage To Be Safe” Course Completion
- Basic Operations Firefighter includes:
- Successful completion of the Department’s in-house training program
- Within 12 months from hire, reside in Lake, Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Will or McHenry counties in Illinois, Kenosha County in Wisconsin or Lake County in Indiana
- Successful completion of the probationary period
- Successful completion and certification as an Emergency Medical Technician – Basic (EMT-B) and license as an Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic (EMT-P) as directed by the Fire Chief
Police Officers: (As of 4/2012)
Minimum of 21 years of age and under 35 years of age at the date of the written exam; Minimum of 60 college semester hours from an accredited institution OR four years of active military service with an honorable discharge by the date of the written exam; U.S. citizen or legally authorized to work in the U.S.; Possess a valid Driver's License; Proof of completion of the Peace Officer Wellness Evaluation Report or (POWER test) with an attainment date within 6 months of the date of the written exam; Have correctable vision to 20/20 and have the ability to distinguish colors; Within 24 months from hire, reside in Cook, Lake or DuPage County; Enter into an "Authorization for Release of Personal Information Agreement" and an "Employment of Relatives Agreement"; Must have ability to understand the English Language, both written and spoken.