Why City of Durham

Work. Serve. Thrive. With the City of Durham

City of Durham employees create the environment that enables our City to thrive.

We reward them with an exceptional compensation package, opportunities for advancement and impact, and a supportive workplace that values their contributions – all in one of the nation’s most desirable places to live, work and play.

If you’re interested in a career that lets you make a real difference in the community you serve, come to the City of Durham.


The City offers competitive pay that rewards your excellent performance and one of the best benefits packages you’ll find anywhere.

Comprehensive health insurance, employee wellness programs, generous paid leave and retirement plans, free public transportation and free use of City pools and gyms are among the among the many benefits you’ll receive.

Image of AdvancementCAREER ADVANCEMENT

Our human resources staff collaborate with managers to offer training and professional development opportunities that help you excel and move up.

City of Durham employment also offers greater job security than you’ll find with many private-sector employers.


Strategic, innovative City leadership encourages and rewards employees for solving community challenges and improving public services.

And since most City employees work directly with the public, you can see the results and impact of your work every day. 


City government, and Durham as a whole, offers a diverse, inclusive and welcoming culture. 

You’ll also find a management team committed to ensuring work-life alignment, flexible working condition and employee engagement.

Ongoing employee engagement that includes a biennial employee engagement survey program allows us to continually address employee concerns and implement employee-suggested improvements.

Image of Quality of LifeSUPERIOR QUALITY OF LIFE

Last, but by no means least, Durham offers an economically prosperous, culturally vibrant, recreation-rich East Coast location, three hours from mountains and beaches.

You’ll enjoy a high quality of life here with abundant recreational and cultural opportunities in a fast-growing community that is on the move.