Hiring Process FAQs

How do I search for open positions?

  • Thank you for your interest in joining our team.  Please visit the Job Opportunities page to search and apply for openings.

  • I am looking for a specific job and I cannot find it on the website. What does this mean?

    It may indicate that the position has not yet been posted; or that it has been removed and is no longer available. ​
  • How long are positions posted?

    Employment opportunities positions are generally posted for at least five calendar days.  Some positions; however,  may be posted for a longer or shorter time; or listed as "Open until Filled" dependent upon a Town's business needs. Internship opportunities and seasonal positions jobs are typically posted for two weeks. The Town reserves the right to alter position postings and/or re-post positions at any time.

    If a position that was previously posted does not appear online, it means applications are no longer being accepted for that position. Submit your materials, as soon as possible, to ensure full consideration of your application. 
  • How often are new jobs posted?

    New positions are posted as vacancies become available.
  • Are part-time jobs available?

    Yes, the Town has both full-time and part-time positions. 

Applying for Positions

  • How do I apply for a position?

    The Town's preferred method is to submit applications through its portal on the Job Opportunities page or via email to hr@bridgewaterma.org.  If candidates must submit paper applications, you may do so by mailing to:   Town of Bridgewater - Human Resources, REF: {Position Title}, Academy Building - 66 Central Square - 2nd floor, Bridgewater, MA 02324
Once you identify an interesting job, click the "Apply Online" button in the job posting. The system will walk you step-by-step through the application process (for example, attaching a résumé or submitting attachments). You can track your progress through each step at the top of your screen. At the end of the application process, when you click the final Submit button, you will see this confirmation on your computer screen: "Your job application has been successfully submitted." You do not have to call to follow-up.  

  • I submitted my application, but I have not been contacted.  When will I receive notification of my interview?

    While all applications are reviewed, only candidates that are invited for interview will be contacted.
  • The position posting says "Internal Posting Only" but I submitted my application. When will you consider my application?

    Union positions require that we advertise the position to internal members of the bargaining unit, first, before seeking external candidates.  The length of time of for an Internal Posting differs for each bargaining unit.  
If there is no internal interest in the role, the position may be opened for external candidates to apply.  If you are still interested in the role, please re-apply when the position is again posted.

  • I want to submit my application just in case there are positions that become available. Will you let me know if I am right for a position?

    No. Applications are reviewed for posted positions only. If you have interest in a particular role, please submit your application materials when the position is posted on our Job Opportunities page.
  • If I have applied for a position and decide I am no longer interested, how can I withdraw my application?

    You can withdraw your application by sending an email to Human Resources.

Being Selected for Positions

  • How do I improve my chances of getting a job?

    The Town employs a Blind Candidate Screening method.  This is any technique that anonymizes or “blinds” all identification details from your resumes and applications. It helps our team evaluate individuals on merit factors: skills, education, experience etc  instead of factors that can lead to biased decisions. Blind Candidate Screening eliminates the “who do you know” practice that is often attributed to municipal organizations, and, instead, opens up the field to all candidates who actually possess the best qualifications and skill levels. The Town of Bridgewater seeks to source, develop, and retain professional team members that are highly skilled, educated, positive and passionate about public service.
For your application to be considered, please submit all of the information that is requested, in the manner that is described in the position posting.  Applicants should make sure that your application materials reflect how you meet the required qualifications and are free of spelling and grammatical errors. Attach all required documents, such as résumés, cover letters, letters of reference, etc., and any other non-required documents that show your qualifications and interest in the position.

Contacting individual departments or team members will not improve the chances for interview or selection.

  • How are individuals selected for interviews?

    Candidates are selected based upon who meets the required qualifications and most of the preferred qualifications stated in the posting. 

    The Town of Bridgewater is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Town of Bridgewater does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.
  • Is assessment testing required for Town positions?

    Yes, most jobs will have an assessment test. Candidates who move to a subsequent round of interview(s) will participate in our assessment testing program.
  • Is there anything I can do to follow up with the Town about my application? 

    You may email Human Resources at hr@bridgewaterma.org or call (508)-697-0971. Contacting individual departments or teams members will not improve the chances for interview or selection.

What else should I know?

  • Will I receive benefits if I am hired?

    It depends on the position. Usually, positions that are 20 hours a week or more receive benefits. Part-time employees under 20 hours and seasonal positions are not eligible for benefits. For questions about benefits for a specific position, please contact the Human Resources office. You can find general information about the Town's benefit offerings on our Benefits page.
  • Are all Town positions part of a union?

    No.  Union affiliation is dependent upon the position.  You can select either "union" or "non-union" employment opportunities as a criterion in the search field when you visit the Job Opportunities page.

I still have questions. Who should I contact?

Please email the Human Resources office or call (508)-697-0971. We are happy to assist you.