The hiring process
How to apply
Apply for a job at Rice County using the following process:
1. Go to the list of Job Opportunities
2. Click on the job title from the list
3. Click "Apply"
All application materials must be received by the posted closing date. Incomplete applications may be rejected. Include all relevant education and experience.
The most recent application will be used when more than one application from the same applicant for the same position is received.
Selection and hiring process
Applications will be reviewed after the posted closing date.
The information provided is used as a basis for comparison with other individuals applying for the position.
It is important that information provided on application materials is complete and concise to be considered for positions for which you qualify. Applicants with the most appropriate education and experience for the position are considered for interviews.
All Rice County jobs have minimum qualifications that must be met.
Rice County will only email notices relating to your job application. Check your email regularly after submitting an application. We will use the email address that is on file with us to send all notices. Remember to check your spam filter and "Junk" email folders to ensure messages haven't been incorrectly marked as spam.
All offers of employment are conditional pending successful completion of all required pre-employment checks. These conditions of employment may vary by position and department.
Human Resources will inform successful applicants of their start date, salary, vacation/sick accrual rates and probationary period.
All new employees are required to attend new employee orientation and must provide documents verifying legal authorization to work in the United States.
Once a conditional offer of employment has been extended, applicants will be required to complete a background check for their position.
Applicants will be notified as part of their hiring process of any documents and forms that will be required, including when they are needed and who should receive them.
A conviction is not an automatic disqualification from employment. Each conviction is reviewed based on how recent it was and how it may relate to the position.
An applicant who discloses a conviction that is determined to be related to the job duties of the position will receive notice and the conditional offer of employment will be rescinded.
Background checks for professional conduct (MN Statute 604.20)
Minnesota Statute 604.20 (MS604.20), which went into effect Aug. 1, 1986, requires employers of individuals who practice part or all of the duties of a psychotherapist to conduct a thorough background investigation of applicants for such positions. Psychotherapy means the professional treatment, assessment, or counseling of a mental or emotional illness, symptom or condition.
Specifically, employers must contact current and former employers (within the preceding five years) to determine whether or not the applicant has had prohibited sexual contact with clients or former clients.
If the position requires the MS604.20, the forms necessary to complete this process will be given to applicants by Human Resources once an offer of employment has been extended.
Driver's license checks
A driver's license check will be conducted as part of the conditional offer of employment when having a satisfactory driving record and/or valid driver's license is a requirement of a position.
Anyone hired in a position that requires a commercial driver's license (CDL), will be covered by federal Department of Transportation regulations for drivers with CDLs.
Applicants offered safety-sensitive position are required to take and pass a drug test. Anyone offered such a position will be informed by Human Resources that they must schedule a drug test. Rice County employees moving from a non-safety-sensitive position to a safety-sensitive position must also be tested.
Some positions require psychological testing and a meeting with a psychologist to review test results before starting a new position.
Applicants offered a position that requires testing will be informed by Human Resources that testing and its review must be completed prior to starting work.