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Employment Opportunities

Welcome to The Town of Taos employment opportunities page. The Town of Taos offers an excellent benefit package with 100% major medical premiums paid for full-time eligible employees, dental, vision, life insurance, State of New Mexico PERA (Public Employees Retirement Association) retirement, personal leave, holiday leave, employee development, training programs and much more!

The Town of Taos is currently seeking qualified applicants for the following vacant positions listed below; check back with our website often as vacancies are updated. Read the vacancy announcement listed below for each vacancy for which you are interested; note the minimum qualifications, essential job responsibilities, knowledge, skills and abilities required for each position.

If you feel you have the necessary education, experience, qualifications, the drive, and the ambition, please prepare and submit a complete Town of Taos Employment Application for each position for which you apply and review the vacancy announcement for any additional application procedures. Your employment application must be complete, clear, and include the correct job title and vacancy announcement number. Applications and any attachments become official property of the Town of Taos and cannot be returned or reused after being submitted. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on closing date listed in the vacancy announcement.

For further information and/or application procedures contact:
Town of Taos
Human Resources Department
400 Camino de la Placita,
Taos, NM 87571
Phone: (575) 751-2009
E-mail: employment@taosgov.com.



Available Positions
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Please include the Authorization for Release of Information and Background Check Form ,with a completed employment and mailed or hand delivered to:

Human Resources Director
Town of Taos

400 Camino de la Placita,
Taos, NM 87571
Phone: (575) 751-2009
E-mail: employment@taosgov.com.


POLICE OFFICER I – CERTIFIED PATROL OFFICER
(External)

The Town of Taos is seeking qualified applicants for the following full-time position which includes an excellent benefit package; 100% major medical premium paid for employee with a choice of State of New Mexico Blue Cross Blue Shield, HMO & PPO or Presbyterian, State of New Mexico Public Employee Retirement Association (PERA) Retirement, personal leave and holiday pay, employee development and training programs and much more!

VA#15-16-04
Job Title: Police Officer I – Certified Patrol Officer
Taos Police Department
Classification FLSA: Non-Exempt
Hourly: $17.85- $22.85 (DOE)
Opening Date: May 06, 2016
Closing Date:  May 19, 2016 or until filled

GENERAL PURPOSE

Performs a variety of entry level technical law enforcement duties related to enforcing the laws, maintaining the peace, and protecting the citizens of Taos.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works under the general supervision of a Lieutenant or Sergeant.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

None.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Investigation:  Conducts criminal investigations; processes scene of crime; finds, identifies, marks and preserves evidence; performs as evidence control officer;  assures integrity of all evidence through all stages of the evidence management process, including distribution, return, destruction and/or sale of items;  transports evidence to various crime labs and court rooms; utilizes fingerprinting, photography and other specialized equipment in processing crime scenes; interviews and interrogates witnesses, victims and suspects; prepares all necessary reports.

Manages investigative case load of major felony crimes; handles rape and homicide cases; works closely with supervisor(s) in solving difficult cases; follows-up and insures completion of all cases; conducts research and pursues clues, makes telephone calls, tracts criminal histories, secures existing information on suspects, etc.; apprehends and arrests suspects.

Answers business/bank complaints of theft, forgery, scams, bounced checks, embezzlements, bad credit and white collar crimes; alerts businesses and community of check forgeries, and short change artists; performs surveillance; obtains search warrants; works closely with Town and County attorney concerning legalities involved in certain cases and arrests.

Prepares facts, information, evidence and statements for court proceedings; secures witnesses and testimonies; prepares visual diagrams of the scene of crime as deemed necessary; performs extraditions; testifies in court when necessary.

Develops informative contacts and participates in covert operations; investigates and apprehends persons suspected of illegal sale, purchase or use of narcotics; may examine prescriptions and pharmacy's and physician's records to ascertain legality of sale and distribution of narcotics; arrests narcotic offenders; obtains statements for prosecution of offenders and appears in court as witness.

Performs surveillance; obtains search warrants; works closely with Town and County attorney concerning legalities involved in certain cases, arrests; contacts other agencies and law enforcement jurisdictions to exchange information, including but not limited to military, NCIC, FBI, DEA, ATF and other criminal history or intelligence resources; performs activities related to the enforcement of the Controlled Substance Act.

Patrol:  Patrols all areas of the town in police vehicles or on foot, including the town streets and businesses, checking for unlocked doors, windows and building security; makes business location and residential house checks for possible illegal activities.

Responds to crimes in progress; secures, defuses and resolves high risk felony calls;  secures crime scenes for evidence searches; makes preliminary investigation and interrogates complainants, witnesses and suspects;  completes complaint questionnaires;  performs case follow-up and assists with investigation activities as assigned;  makes arrests;  responds to calls for assistance;  controls traffic and enforces traffic laws and ordinances;  directs traffic, assists motorists, issues citations and warnings for D.W.I.’s, D.U.I.’s, moving violation and investigates accidents involving motor vehicles; prepares and submits accident, offense, arrests and other forms and reports as necessary.

Serves summons and subpoenas and keeps records of dispositions; escort’s prisoners to and from jail or from one location to another; subdues unruly prisoners when necessary.

Completes comprehensive reports of daily activities and enforcement actions; Prepares for court cases and testifies in court when required.

Cleans and maintains assigned fire arms and vehicles and other special equipment.

Community Oriented Policing (COP):  Plans, organizes, and implements various programs for special target populations of the community as needed to address needs, concerns, and issues pertaining to crime prevention and public relations.

Develops or implements program(s) unique to elementary, Junior High and High schools; focus on safety, drug awareness, alcohol (DWI), etc.; conducts lectures, workshops, classes or gives presentations related to criminal activity within the schools to assist school officials;  educates participants and youth regarding law enforcement practices ;  demonstrates specialized equipment explains efficiency and effectiveness of the same;  attends school functions to monitor student activities.

Organizes and establishes neighborhood watch areas; conducts community watch meetings with concerned citizens upon request; educates public regarding effective action through organized community efforts.

Performs departmental public relations functions; conducts tours of the department; delivers public speeches at community gatherings, church meetings, civic meetings, schools, etc.

Participates as member of special task forces or cooperative agency programs related to gang activity and other high profile situations and concerns.

Performs related duties as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience: Graduation from high school; plus, six months (6 mo.) of specialized training provided through formal academic courses, formal supervisory training provided through in-service, professional workshops or P.O.S.T. certifications; AND One (1) year of law enforcement experience as a municipal, county, or state officer; OR An equivalent combination of education and experience;

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Some knowledge of Taos and its street systems; modern law enforcement principles, procedures, techniques and equipment; applicable Federal, State, County, and Town laws and ordinances and departmental rules and regulations; hazardous waste classifications and emergency procedures related to control, containment and confinement; basic principles of law enforcement administration; basic investigative procedures and practices; legal liabilities associated with arrest and law enforcement; court room procedures and laws of evidence;  computer literate in the use of Microsoft Word, etc.

Skill in the use of firearms, the operation of police vehicles and other specialized equipment including breathalyzers, radar units, police batons and restraining devices.

Ability to react effectively in emergency and stress situations; ability to exhibit imagination, initiative and problem-solving capability in coping with a variety of law enforcement situations; follow standard safety practices and procedures common to law enforcement work; perform work requiring good physical condition; teach and communicate effectively, verbally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other agencies and the public.

Special Qualifications:
Must be clear of a prior criminal record. Must possess a valid New Mexico State Driver's License or obtain one within 30 days.  Must maintain firearm proficiency.  Must maintain law enforcement certification by completing annual training requirements.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS- If you feel you meet the education, experience and minimum qualifications for the position and you have the necessary drive and ambition to be part of the Taos Police Department for the Town of Taos, please submit a complete Town of Taos employment application, to:  Town of Taos Human Resources Department, 400 Camino de la Placita, Taos, NM 87571 or via e-mail: employment@taosgov.com.  Your application must be complete, clear, and include the correct job title and announcement number.  Applications and any attachments become the official property of the Town of Taos and cannot be returned or reused after being submitted.  Applications will be accepted until 5:00 P.M. on the closing date listed above or until the position is filled.

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FACILITIES SERVICES SPECIALIST
(Internal & External)
Three(3) Temporary

The Town of Taos is seeking qualified applicants for three (3) temporary positions with a sunset date of October 21, 2016.

VA#15-16-26
Job Title: Facilities Services Specialist I
Facilities Services Department
FLSA Classification – Non-Exempt
Hourly: $8.59
Opening Date: May 11, 2016
Closing Date: May 24, 2016 or until filled

GENERAL PURPOSE

Provides a diverse range of general services in regards to the daily maintenance and cleanliness of all Town facilities.  Performs such custodial services activities as, plant material and hanging basket care and maintenance, light equipment operation, maintenance and repair, grounds keeping and /or other related duties in accordance with day to day requirements of Town facilities.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works under general supervision of the Facilities Custodial Maintenance Supervisor.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

None.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Functions as a team player with all members of the Facilities Services Department to support the cleanliness and serviceability of facilities, grounds, and/or equipment as assigned.  Performs a range of general grounds maintenance and repair activities; operates and maintains light and/or heavy grounds maintenance machinery and equipment, as appropriate; mow and trim lawns and shrubbery using mowers and hand powered trimmers; clear debris from grounds; plant flowers and trees, trim and provide other care; operate and maintain irrigation systems. 
Operates, maintains and adjusts specialized equipment and tools, including electric motors, pumps, power washers, blowers, carpet shampooers, floor buffers and vacuums and other equipment as needed.  Repairs equipment and assures proper operation as necessary.

Performs other duties as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Education and Experience:

    1. Graduation from high school or GED

    2. AND

    3. One (1) year of general work experience related to one or more of the work areas described above.
    4. OR

    5. An equivalent combination of education and experience.

  2. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

    Some knowledge of equipment, materials and supplies used in buildings and grounds maintenance and cleaning; interpersonal communication skills; customer service.

    Some Skill in the use of building maintenance and lawn equipment, weed trimmers, electric motors, pumps; miscellaneous hand and power tools for maintenance, painting, plumbing, irrigation etc. 

    Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing; develop effective working relationships with supervisors, fellow employees, and the public; Ability to prioritize multiple tasks; exercise initiative and independent judgment and to act resourcefully under varying conditions; use of radios and/or cell phones; use of ladders or lift equipment; ability to work at heights up to 30 ft., and on ladders and lifts up to 20 ft.  Ability to operate a ¾ ton truck and a gas powered water pump.

  3. Special Qualifications:

    • Must possess a valid State of New Mexico driver's license.
    • Flexible work schedule- (Shifts will be staggered over a seven day period and will not exceed 19 hours a week). 
    • Must be available for 24 hour emergency call out.
    • Must be able to lift at least 25 pounds overhead for a prolonged period of time.


  4. Work Environment:
  5. Incumbent of the position performs in indoor and outdoor work environments and may be subject to changing weather extremes. Tasks require variety of physical activities, not generally involving muscular strain, related to walking, standing, stooping, sitting, and reaching. Exposure to cleaning chemicals. Occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, or airborne particles. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers, audio-visual equipment, and various pieces of office equipment. Essential functions require talking, hearing and seeing and activities involving muscular strain related to lifting, stacking, kneeling, pushing and pulling. Must repeatedly lift and move up to 100 lbs. Must periodically push or pull in excess of 1,000 lbs. with the aid of rollers. Periodic exposure to airborne and blood borne pathogens. Common eye, hand, finger dexterity exist.  Common agility, coordination and balance. Mental application utilizes memory for details, listening, patience, verbal instructions, emotional stability and discriminating thinking and creative problem solving. Periodic local travel required in normal course of job performance.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS- If you feel you meet the minimum qualifications for the position and you have the necessary drive and ambition to be part of the Facilities Services Department for the Town of Taos, please submit a complete Town of Taos employment application to: Town of Taos Human Resources Department, 400 Camino de la Placita, Taos, NM 87571 or via e-mail: employment@taosgov.com.  Your application must be complete, clear, and include the correct job title and announcement number.  Applications and any attachments become the official property of the Town of Taos and cannot be returned or reused after being submitted.  Applications will be accepted until 5:00 P.M. on the closing date listed above or until position is filled.

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