Career Opportunities

Current Job Postings

Please consult this webpage for updated job postings for the City of Sterling with related job descriptions. 

Click here for the Word document City of Sterling application for employment.  Click here for the PDF City of Sterling application of employment.  You may email, mail, or bring in your application for a City position.

Public Works Hiring

The City of Sterling, Illinois is seeking applicants to fill Street Maintenance Worker position. Responsibilities include manual work, operating light and heavy equipment, repairing streets, sidewalks, curb and gutter, snow and ice removal, carpentry, sewer repair, and general maintenance. Applicant must have a valid driver’s license and able to acquire a Class A CDL with tanker endorsement; within 90 days of employment. The City of Sterling offers an excellent work environment, fringe benefits, and IMRF pension.

Resumes or applications and at least three (3) work related references should be addressed to: City of Sterling, Public Works, 212 Third Avenue, Sterling, IL  61081, faxed to (815) 625-1940, OR for an application and emailed to by no later than 5:00 PM, January 5, 2018.  Questions concerning this position may be directed to Brad Schrader at (815) 632-6657, or emailed to The City of Sterling is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Police Hiring

THE CITY OF STERLING, IL Board of Fire and Police Commissioners Are not accepting applications at this time

General Requirements: Must be 21 years of age and not have reached your 35th birthday, U.S. citizen, high school diploma or equivalent, valid Illinois driver’s license, and good health and vision. Exam required.

The Sterling Police Department is authorized 31 full time police officers including the Chief of Police.  In addition to the patrol function,  positions are available as detective, K-9 officer, DARE officer, drug taskforce officer, school resource officer and youth officer.

Every two years a list of eligible candidates is established through testing by the Board of Fire and Police Commission.  As needed candidates are chosen from the list in ranked order.  The candidate must then complete an extensive background investigation including a polygraph exam.  If approved, the candidate must undergo a psychological and medical examination.  Once judged acceptable by the commission, the candidate will be hired and attend 12 weeks  basic training at a state certified police training academy.  Upon graduation he or she will undergo a 14 week field training program at the department before being released to "solo" patrol.  Candidates are on probation for one year following graduation from the basic training academy.

For more information about the Sterling Police Department, please click here


Fire Hiring

All advertising, testing, and establishing a hiring list for the Fire Department is conducted by the Sterling Police and Fire Commission.  Once the final list is posted, all new hires will come from that list.  The list is good for a two-year period.  Once the list expires, the commission repeats the process.