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Arlington County is more than just a place to work. When you come and join our team, you will be joining a community of people committed to doing the very best for the residents, businesses and visitors we serve. Our careers encompass everything from public safety, parks and recreation, arts and tourism, finance, environmental services and technology.  

Our Community

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Arlington isn’t just a great place to work- it is a great place to visit and to live. We have a unique, diverse and inclusive community, located right next door to Washington DC. This truly is a vibrant and exciting place to live and work. Located right along the Orange and Silver Metro Lines, we are surrounded by history, culture and nature. Whether you prefer the theater, biking local trails and exploring our many parks or visiting historic sites and experiencing great dining and shopping there is something here for you. 

Employment Policies


New employees start work within the pay range specified in their announcement. Periodic merit increases — up to the range’s maximum — may be given to employees with satisfactory performance.

Merit System Ordinance

Employees in departments under the County Manager’s direction are in the Competitive Service and work under a Merit System Ordinance — a merit-based employee plan for appointment, promotion and separation.

Eligibility for Employment

Newly hired employees must prove their identity and U.S. work eligibility.

Background Check

Newly selected employees must go through a background check and may have to sign an authorization release for Arlington to obtain their background information, which may include:

  • Criminal record
  • Driving record
  • Education
  • Professional licenses
  • Credit history

Probationary Period

As part of the examination procedure, newly appointed permanent employees and promoted employees serve a probationary period, as noted on their announcement.

Social Security and Workers’ Compensation

The Social Security Act’s Old-Age and Survivors and Disability Insurance Benefits section and the State Workers Compensation Act cover all employees.

Reasonable Accommodation

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants with a disability may request reasonable accommodation(s) throughout the hiring process. Request examples include:

  • Submitting an alternatively formatted employment application
  • Requesting a qualified interpreter or reader to take an oral or written examination
  • Providing auditory or visual-assistance devices, Braille or audiotape

Requests for reasonable accommodation can be made by: