Basic Public Employment Requirements

Citizenship and Residence Requirement

All persons seeking employment with the government of the State or in the service of any county shall be citizens, nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the United States or eligible under federal law for unrestricted employment in the United States at the time of their appointment and shall become residents of the State within thirty (30) days after beginning their employment and as a condition of eligibility for continued employment (Hawaii Revised Statutes, Chapter 78-1). Evidence verifying citizenship or alien registration status and employment authorization in the United States must be provided at the time of appointment.


Physical/Mental Requirement

Applicants must be able to physically and mentally perform efficiently the duties of the position. Qualified applicants with disabilities who can perform the essential functions of the advertised position are encouraged to apply. The County of Kauai is committed to making reasonable accommodations on a case-by-case basis. Applicants seeking reasonable accommodations should be ready to discuss the accommodation sought so that a determination can be made that such accommodation is reasonable and would not cause the employer undue hardship.


Physical Examination Requirement

Persons selected for employment are required to pass a pre-employment suitability background investigation which may include, but not limited to an oral interview, reference check, drug screening, pre-employment medical exam, psychological assessment, and polygraph test as applicable to the position prior to their employment.  Applicants must be able to perform the essential functions of the position effectively and safely with or without reasonable accommodation. 


Merit or Civil Service System

You must meet the minimum qualification requirements, including education, experience, license/certification and other public employment requirements for County Civil Service employment at time of application, unless otherwise stated in the announcement. Your possession of the required amount of experience will not in itself be accepted as proof of qualification for the position. Overall paid or unpaid experience must be of such scope and responsibility as to conclusively demonstrate that you have the ability to perform the duties of the position. Provide a detailed description of your duties and responsibilities. If you worked on a part-time basis, indicate your average number of hours worked per week. 


Filling the Vacancy

The County is able to fill a vacancy through a variety of recruitment and examination methods and procedures established by Civil Service Rules including:

  • Open Competitive Recruitment - this are open to the general public
  • Promotional Recruitment - there are 2 types of promotional recruitments
  • Intra Departmental - this recruitment is ONLY open to Civil Service employees for the Department that has the vacancy
  • Inter Departmental - these recruitment is ONLY open to Civil Service employees of the County of Kauai
  • Qualified County employees who are eligible for work injury placements
  • Promotion,  demotion, or transfer
  • Former County of Kaua'i employees for re-employment