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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
Scroll down or click one of the links below to see a job description and requirements of the available position.






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Employment Application- Microsoft Word (opens in new window or right click and select Download) This is a Read Only Document. View instructions on the application. The document has fields that can be filled out. If you do not have Microsoft Word© you can view the application in PDF format and the document can be saved and emailed to employment@taosgov.com.

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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 CADET
Internal & 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# 17-18-21
Job Title: Police Cadet
Taos Police Department
FLSA Classification – Non-Exempt
Hourly: $18.85
Opening Date: May 18, 2018
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

GENERAL PURPOSE

Performs a variety of entry level routine law enforcement duties in a training capacity related to enforcing the laws, maintaining the peace, and protecting the citizens of Taos.  As a non-certified law enforcement officer, performs duties only in the immediate supervision of a senior officer or field-training officer.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works under the general supervision of a Lieutenant or Sergeant or assigned certified officer.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

None.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Attends police officers standards and training academy to receive instruction and training in the various aspects of law enforcement as required to receive law enforcement certification.

May accompany patrol officers during regular shift; 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.

Performs in-office functions to provided administrative support and learn administrative process prior to receiving P.O.S.T. certification.

Performs related duties as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience: Graduation from high school; AND No experience necessary;

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Some knowledge of Taos and its street systems; requirements related to certification as a law enforcement officer; interpersonal relations; hazards associated with a career in law enforcement; motor vehicle operation.

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 21 years of age.  Must be clear of a prior criminal record.
Must possess a valid New Mexico State Driver's License.  Must successfully complete State of New Mexico Law Enforcement Certification within 1 year of employment.

Work Environment:

Functions of the position generally performed in a controlled environment, but subject to all seasonal and weather extremes. Constant travel.  Many functions of the work pose high degree of hazard uncertainty.  Physical readiness essential to effective job performance.  Various levels of mental application required, i.e., memory for details, emotional stability, discriminating thinking, creative problem solving.  Continuous use of motor skills. Ability to lift up to and above 90 lbs.

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 Taos Police  Department for the Town of Taos, please submit a complete Town of Taos Preliminary Police 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.


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POLICE OFFICER I – CERTIFIED PATROL OFFICER
Internal & 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#17-18-22
Job Title: Police Officer I – Certified Patrol Officer
Taos Police Department
FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt
Hourly: $19.85-$24.85
Opening Date: May 18, 2018
Closing Date: Open 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.  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 Preliminary Police 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.


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