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Employment Opportunities with the City of Reading

To apply for employment with the City of Reading, download and complete an Employment Application (Fillable) specifying the type of employment/position you are applying for, attach resume' if applicable and send to:

Human Resources
City of Reading
815 Washington Street – Room 3-03

Reading, PA 19601
FAX: 610/372-3722
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An EEO/AA Employer by choice.
Male/female/disability all given equal consideration

“The City of Reading, PA is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and to compliance with all Federal, State, and Local laws that prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identities or expressions, national origin, religion, disability, protected veteran status and other protected classifications. This policy applies to all employment decisions including but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations."

Electrical Inspector/Plans Examiner


The Mechanical Inspector/Plans Examiner oversees every phase of construction from planning to finish to ensure compliance with the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code and City of Reading ordinances. The Mechanical Inspector/Plans Examiner has direct contact with both external and internal customers; therefore, the inspector must have excellent communication and customer service skills.  Also, the inspector must be able to readily adapt to, interpret, explain, and implement changing codes and ordinances.


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  • Operate a loader, backhoe, street sweeper, roller, snow plow, (large/small), salt spreader, compacter, tar kettle, bucket truck, leaf machines, or any additional equipment as directed.
  • Work with small equipment, including: chain saws, plate whacker, jack hammer, tamper, street saw, etc.
  • Work independently or as part of a team assisting with snow removal, leaf collecting and /or road work.


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The Planning Manager is primarily responsible for implementation and administration of the City’s Subdivision & Land Development Ordinance, and those other land-use policies enabled by acts of the Commonwealth where participation and responsibilities are assigned to the ‘planning agency’. The Planning Manager will serve at times, ad hoc initiatives of the administration and will provide oversight to HARB and zoning administration

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Responsible for the continuous operation of the dewatering, thickening/ancillary and related equipment. Works with plant operators and bio solids removal personnel to eliminate downtime and ensure a maximum solids percentage end product. Works with maintenance to schedule or perform preventative maintenance and optimize off hours. Works with vendors, and independently, during testing and bidding periods to provide representative samples and help optimize chemical dosage rates. Works with the laboratory to test solids and constituents to maintain a high quality end product.


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  • Determines preventative maintenance needs, provides necessary maintenance and repairs for all motor fire apparatus and related diesel equipment;
  • Performs annual State Inspections on Fire Department apparatus;
  • Repairs and adjusts engines, transmissions, brake systems, hydraulic systems, water pumps, and accessories applicable to tools, facilities, and equipment provided;
  • Performs general maintenance of all fire equipment.

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Maintenance Wkr II/Elec Mech (2 pos)


  • Perform all necessary maintenance tasks to maintain compliance with all Clean Water Act/Clean Stream Law requirements, NPDES Permit parameters, and all other applicable regulatory requirements, industry standards and manufacturers recommendations
  • Assist Operations and other teams with any and all corrective tasks that arise
  • Communicate any disruptions of treatment units due to maintenance tasks to the Operations staff or others as appropriate
  • Respond to call-ins and address problems, emergencies and/or breakdowns as assigned.


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Relief Video Monitor


  • Maintains constant surveillance of the City cameras within the Video Safety Unit
  • Alerts police to suspicious activity and crimes in progress.
  • Operates all surveillance camera equipment, including but not limited to Video Monitors, Computers, Digital Recorders, Cameras and Controllers.
  • Interacts with police officers, investigators, and District Attorney Staff in securing video for investigation and evidence.


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Property Maintenance Inspector


  • Conduct daily inspection of all existing residential, nonresidential structures and vacant lots.
  • Conduct Health inspections of food establishments (when assigned) to meet the state requirements (ServSafe certification is mandatory or equivalent).
  • Prepare inspection reports and send copy to owner of dwelling in violation, giving the appropriate amount of time to comply.
  • Make re-inspections after designated time to ensure compliance.


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Zoning Administrator


  • Reviews applications for Zoning Permit and approves or denies in accordance with the Zoning Ordinance.
  • Acts on complaints received and violations observed. Requests or orders compliance verbally and/or in writing. Prepares case and arranges for prosecution of violators before District Justice.
  • Appears before the Planning Commission, Zoning Hearing Boards, the Reading Redevelopment Authority and the Historic Preservation Review Board to present plans.

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Garage Maintenance Mechanic


  • Repair, service and maintain automotive and truck equipment
  • Required to make major engine repairs to diesel and gasoline engines
  • Removal or light repair of auto and manual transmissions, clutches and differentials
  • Must be able to replace most brake systems and adjust, etc.
  • Test equipment and vehicles for problems and safety hazards in compliance to code standards


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Communications Coordinator

The Communications Coordinator establishes effective working relationships with the public and mass media on behalf of the City. Responsible for writing press releases, manages public relations events, website and social media content. The Coordinator also composes and disseminates media releases to increase public awareness and knowledge of the City’s services or recent developments.

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Zoning Clerk


  • Greets visitors and distributes information on specific properties by answering calls, emails and walk-in requests
  • Scans documents, enters information into database systems, and provides other required clerical and administrative support to Zoning, Planning and Historic Preservation
  • Receives and processes fees; maintains financial records pertaining to land use and zoning applications, and assists with payment of invoices
  • Assists with scheduling appointments and Right-to Know requests


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CD Deputy Director 


The Community Development Deputy Director will oversee Housing Urban Development (HUD) programs. The CD Deputy Director is responsible for coordinating all programs related to Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), developing, implementing and executing the grants offered for multiple programs to assist revitalizing the City of Reading’s real estate, including developing blight strategies, directing, identifying, remediating and reutilizing of abandoned and blighted vacant properties, maximizing revenue potential of City-owned, or encumbered, real estate; managing City’s housing loan portfolio; overseeing the administration of federal, state and local grant programs funding housing or real-estate related activities.


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Zoning Inspector


A Zoning Inspector is responsible for investigating complaints and issuing notices of violations when required. Field inspection duties are conducted independently in accordance with zoning regulations. Work is performed independently or in collaboration with other staff, under the direction of the Zoning Administrator and/or Division Manager.

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Traffic Engineer

  • Will develop and manage the City’s Traffic Engineering Program to ensure the proper operation and maintenance of all City owned traffic facilities, traffic management plans, related improvement projects and electronic traffic databases.
  • Coordinates with the City Engineer and PW Director, and as prescribed in the City’s Ordinance. “Traffic” includes vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle transportation.
  • Will develop and manage the Traffic Engineering office staff.
  • Oversees the management of all city traffic construction and repair projects, including annual improvement projects for street paving, traffic signal O&M, and new facilities construction and other related tasks.

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Utilities Engineer

The Utilities Engineer performs engineering tasks associated with the evaluation, design, bid, construction, inspection and operation/maintenance of utilities. Utilities include water/wastewater/storm-water systems and treatment facilities along with air quality, solid waste and related environmental systems.

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Telecommunicator I


  • Handling emergency/non-emergency calls and additional requests for police service.
  • Successfully operate various systems, software, and radio console equipment.
  • Apply policies, procedures, and guidelines relating to emergency/non-emergency situations.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and stay calm under stressful situations in order to provide prompt responses to emergency situations.
  • Ability to lead, provide direction, and assist other department personnel in various situations when needed.


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Auditing Assistant

  • Reviews accounts payable payment requests for support/propriety.
  • Generates revenue/expenditure, budget and/or other reports using the City’s financial software.
  • Assists with gathering documentation requested by the City’s external auditors.
  • Perform clerical, administrative and general office duties and functions as needed.

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General Laborer (Trash)


The Laborer must be able to work independently or on a crew in both indoor and outdoor environments, completing tasks as directed. This is a part-time position working about twenty-eight (28) hours per week, between Monday and Friday. The actual scheduling will be determined once the candidate is hired.

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Public Works Director

Under the direction of the Managing Director, provides senior leadership, policy direction, and strategic focus for the Department of Public Works including all engineering, traffic engineering, transportation, fleet maintenance, facilities maintenance, parks, streets, wastewater treatment plant, sanitary and storm water collection, and solid waste services.


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Cyber – SCADA Specialist


  • Coordinate and execute security tasks related to technology projects or initiatives with a focus on industrial control system networks
  • Configure and install security infrastructure. Includes scheduling and attendance of after hour’s maintenance windows.
  • Produce cyber network architectures and documentation.
  • Install software, switches, routers, firewalls, and servers as needed.
  • Provide advanced support in response to cyber security incidents.

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Assistant City Solicitor


To provide internal legal counsel and guidance to the Mayor, members of City Council and Department/Division Directors on matters involving all aspects of Federal, State or Municipal Legislation. This position reports to the City solicitor.


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Human Relations Commission Investigator

  • Maintain a confidential file of all case materials including national-level materials which may come through the Commission office
  • Gather all relevant information in a timely manner for case review with the HRC Executive Director
  • Notify clients of the status of their complaint within 30 days
  • Determine if the pleadings are complete and the parties have received a copy of the pleadings as well as the rules and regulations of the Commission

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Auditing Coordinator

The Auditing Coordinator must assure that City receives all revenues due and that timely and accurate expenditures are made. Recommend methods of improved efficiency accuracy and integrity for all City related operations and activities. They will be required to work with independent auditors in order to follow-up on implementation of audit recommendations. They will assist the City Auditor in review and determination of policy revisions or additions. They will have occasional contact with governmental agencies, divisions, companies etc. Must have analytical ability as well as ability to deal with people and make recommendations

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At the City of Reading, we understand the importance of offering comprehensive and competitive benefit packages to our employees. We are committed to supporting the well-being of our workforce and creating a positive work environment where they can grow both personally and professionally.

  • Medical/Rx, Dental & Vision Insurance on 1st Day of Employment
  • Paid Time-Off including 12 City Holidays  
  • Basic Life/AD&D Insurance
  • Portable Life, Disability & Specialty Insurance Options
  • Defined Contribution Plan
  • Retirement Savings Plan Options
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA’s)
  • Career Advancement Opportunities
  • Professional Development Fund
  • Internal and External Training & Workshops
  • Subsidized Parking

If you are interested in becoming a City of Reading Firefighter/EMT, Firefighter/Paramedic or Police Officer please click their respective link for information on applications.

Information on upcoming Civil Service testing dates for the Fire Department here.