Employment

APPOINTMENT : Basis, Type, Residence, Orientation Period

Basis
Appointments shall be made based on the qualifications of applicants as ascertained through fair and practical selection methods, which may include testing of job knowledge. An offer of employment in some job classifications may be conditional upon the employee passing a medical examination.

Type
Appointments shall be designated either regular or temporary.
  1. Regular full-time employees are those who are scheduled to work a minimum of forty or more hours per week on a regular basis.
  2. Temporary employees are expected to remain employed for only a limited period of time (such as for the summer) or for a special job task or project. Temporary appointments of more than six months may be made in situations when a position is left vacant by an employee on an approved of Leave of Absence.
  3. Part-time employees are those who are scheduled to work at least twenty (20) hours per week but less than forty hours on a regular basis. Temporary part-time employees are those who are scheduled to work less than forty (40) hours per week and are expected to remain employed for a limited period of time or project.
All appointments must be approved by the City Manager before being offered to the prospective employee.

Residence
City employees are required to reside in the Continental United States, but are not required to live within the Brownsville city limits. Employees likely to be called back to work in cases of emergency may be required to reside within reasonable commuting ranges of their places of work. The City is not responsible for any costs incurred for commuting expenses to and from the place of employment under normal or emergency conditions.

Orientation Period
The orientation period is a time of learning and acclimation for the employee. It also provides the employee's supervisor an opportunity to review the employee's skills, abilities, performance, interpersonal relationships and other job related factors. Within the orientation period the employee may receive counseling and/or written evaluation from his/her supervisor. If the employee satisfactorily completes the orientation period a written evaluation will be provided the employee confirming the employee's satisfactory progress. All new or rehired full time or part time employees must serve an orientation period of 6 months.

Department Directors in consultation with the Human Resources Director may extend the orientation period for up to an additional (6) six-month period. An employee may be dismissed from City employment at any time during the orientation period. The employee has no rights of appeal, grievance or other remedy or recourse in regard to his or her termination during the orientation period.

Filing a Complaint

Any applicant who believes he/she has been discriminated against in the hiring process because of race, religion, gender, age, disability, or national origin should report it immediately using the City’s EEO Discrimination complaint form. The form can be downloaded by clicking here  or by visiting City Hall located at 1001 E Elizabeth St, Brownsville, TX 78520.

Applicants for employment should file their complaints or discuss their concerns with the City’s EEO Officer. An applicant may choose to raise the complaint with a state or federal agency without first pursuing it through City channels. If the applicant so chooses he/she may file the complaint directly with the Texas Workforce Commission or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Complaints must be filed within 180 days of the alleged act(s) of discrimination. If there is uncertainty as to whether or not a situation constitutes discrimination, the concerned individual is encouraged to discuss the matter with the City’s EEO Officer.

Contact Information 

City of Brownsville 
Human Resources Department 
City Hall, 4th Floor 
1001 E. Elizabeth St 
Brownsville, TX 78520 
(956) 548-6037