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We're glad you're here!

We are pleased to welcome you to our employee team! Starting a new position is an exciting time and we want to help you get acquainted with your new employer, Clackamas County. This website is just a start in providing you with the tools and information you will need to succeed in your new position.

In the meantime, please let us know if we can help you with any questions about your employment: Human Resources, 503-655-8459.

Learn more about Working at Clackamas County

Getting to Know Human Resources

Getting Started

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You will complete your new hire paperwork, including your I-9, W-4 and direct deposit forms, as well as verifying your personal information in Employee Self Service system (ESS) when you meet with designated department staff.

Be prepared to present your evidence of identity to complete the I-9 form on your first day. The I-9 form on self-service has a link to the I-9 instructions and the list of acceptable documents.

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New Employee Orientation is your information gateway into discovering more about Clackamas County. As part of this program, you will become more familiar with Clackamas County culture, locations, benefits, and much more.

Registration: Your supervisor will pre-register you for New Employee Orientation. New Employees are invited to attend within the first two months of employment. You will be notified of the specific date and time of orientation in a follow up letter. This orientation will be broken up into two sessions held on separate days. One will address personnel topics such as County structure, services, policies, diversity, and safety. The other will address benefit topics such as medical, dental, life, disability and wellness programs.

Location: New Employee Orientation is typically held in room 369 on the 3rd floor of the Public Service Building located at 2051 Kaen Road in Oregon City. Benefits Orientation is held in room 132 on the 1st floor of the Development Services Building located at 150 Beavercreek Road in Oregon City.

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All County employees are issued a photo ID / Access Badge when they begin employment. This badge is generally issued on or near your first day at work. Your supervisor will assist in setting up an appointment with our Facilities Division to have your photo taken and a card issued to you. So come prepared to smile for the camera!
You should display your photo ID / Access Badge at all times while in a County facility and when hosting or appearing at County functions or community events. The ID badge can be worn using a breakaway lanyard, clip-on badge reel or badge holder. For many employees working in facilities with card access systems, the ID badge also serves as your door access to employee entrances and/or outside of public hours.
The ID Badges provide a consistent method of identifying other county employees and establishes a standard of security and access control that provides a safe work environment for County staff and the public.

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Clackamas County is dedicated to encouraging employees to use alternative modes of transportation such as public transportation, carpooling, walking and bicycling to relieve road congestion, reduce harmful emissions, improve employee health and reduce employee commuting costs.  As an incentive, the County provides benefit eligible (i.e. regular status) employees with a 50% subsidy on the purchase of a monthly all-zone Tri-Met pass.  If you choose to participate you will pledge to commute to work primarily by Tri-Met bus and/or light rail options. Program details are included in EPP 57:  Transportation Assistance

If you use transit to commute to work, live and work in the service district, and need to leave work unexpectedly for an emergency, Tri-Met will pay for a taxi to take you home. Emergency ride home vouchers are available from Human Resources and from department transportation coordinators. 

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As a new employee you may have questions about how to dress in your new position. The answer depends on many factors. All County employees have a responsibility to serve the public and represent our county in a professional manner. Neat appearance and appropriate on-the-job conduct are essential for maintaining good relationships with our customers, the citizens of Clackamas County. There is no one dress code since we have a wide variety of occupations at the County. All employees should dress and conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with their positions. Individual County departments may define appearance standards more specifically for their employees. If you have questions before you begin employment, we encourage you to ask your supervisor.

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New and promoted employees have a probationary period as part of their evaluation process in the new job. A probationary period is a working test period which allows your supervisor time to consider your suitability for the job and gives you an opportunity to decide if you are satisfied with the job. New employees serve a 12 month probationary period. Promoted employees who previously had attained regular status with the County serve a six -month probationary period. If you are on a leave of absence (paid or unpaid) for more than 30 days during the probationary period, your probationary period will be extended by the amount of the leave.

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An employee's first performance evaluation occurs six months following hire or promotion. After the initial evaluation, an employee's performance is reviewed at least annually. This is regardless of qualification for a salary increase.
The review will include the following:

  • An evaluation of the employee's quality and quantity of work
  • A review of exceptional employee accomplishments
  • Establishment of goals for career development and job enrichment
  • A review of the areas which need improvement
  • Setting of performance goals for the employee for the following year
     
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Chapter 2.05 of the County Code is dedicated to Personnel Policies and Procedures for County employees and applicants for employment. It serves as the overall policy for employment at the County

The County has over 50 individual policy and procedures memos written on various employment topics. Topics range from Family Medical leave, Military Leave, Inclement Weather, Driving policy, etc. Click on the link above to see the entire list of topics and to access a particular EPP.
Below are links to a select few of the over 50 EPPs that may be of interest as you begin employment with us.

  • EPP 1: Equal Employment Opportunity Complaint & Grievance Resolution Procedure
  • EPP 2: Harassment
  • EPP 7: Military Leave
  • EPP 8: Crime Victim Leave
  • EPP 10: Family & Medical Leave Policy
  • EPP 12: Inclement Weather
  • EPP 16: Transfer Policy
  • EPP 39: Domestic Violence Victim Leave
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As a new employee you will likely be using technology systems and equipment (computer systems, shared files, email, internet and other systems).  The following page provides an overview of how technology is used at the County.  After reading this information, you are invited to ask additional questions to your supervisor, department contact or directly to the County's Technology Services Department.
 

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The County has eight unions and each union has a collective bargaining agreement that serves as the agreement between the employees in that union and the County. Represented employees should check their bargaining agreement prior to other employment policies to see if a policy has been negotiated. A negotiated policy in a collective bargaining agreement will take precedence over other employment policy.

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Clackamas County is committed to providing a safe working environment for its employees. Our goal is to promote and encourage a workplace where each employee views him/herself as a risk manager. Clackamas County makes every effort to comply with relevant federal and state occupational health and safety laws. As a new employee, you are responsible for familiarizing yourself with the County's and your department's safety rules and procedures. If safety equipment, clothing or training is necessary for you to perform your job, the County will provide these to you. Our goal is to encourage behaviors which promote workplace safety, as well as establish a pattern of safety practices which can benefit us in our jobs and personal lives.

Below are some related Employee Practices and Procedures (EPP) to familiarize yourself with our risk management culture:

EPP # 5: Drug Free Workplace Act and Policy

EPP #34: Violence in the Workplace Policy

EPP #51: Pre-Employment Drug Testing Policy

EPP #52: Driving and Vehicle Policy

All employees are required to wear seat belts while in a county vehicle or in a personal vehicle while conducting county business!

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Key Policies

There are several sources of policies and procedures that govern your employment at the County. Knowing where to go to find answers for your particular situation is important. The following are the main sources for employment policies at the County. In addition to these County policies, your department may have additional policies, procedures and work rules that will be shared when you start employment. If you ever need assistance or just want to ask us a question, please contact any of us in Human Resources: 503-655-8459.

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You will complete your new hire paperwork, including your I-9, W-4 and direct deposit forms, as well as verifying your personal information in Employee Self Service system (ESS) when you meet with designated department staff.

Be prepared to present your evidence of identity to complete the I-9 form on your first day. The I-9 form on self-service has a link to the I-9 instructions and the list of acceptable documents.

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New Employee Orientation is your information gateway into discovering more about Clackamas County. As part of this program, you will become more familiar with Clackamas County culture, locations, benefits, and much more.

Registration: Your supervisor will pre-register you for New Employee Orientation. New Employees are invited to attend within the first two months of employment. You will be notified of the specific date and time of orientation in a follow up letter. This orientation will be broken up into two sessions held on separate days. One will address personnel topics such as County structure, services, policies, diversity, and safety. The other will address benefit topics such as medical, dental, life, disability and wellness programs.

Location: New Employee Orientation is typically held in room 369 on the 3rd floor of the Public Service Building located at 2051 Kaen Road in Oregon City. Benefits Orientation is held in room 132 on the 1st floor of the Development Services Building located at 150 Beavercreek Road in Oregon City.

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All County employees are issued a photo ID / Access Badge when they begin employment. This badge is generally issued on or near your first day at work. Your supervisor will assist in setting up an appointment with our Facilities Division to have your photo taken and a card issued to you. So come prepared to smile for the camera!
You should display your photo ID / Access Badge at all times while in a County facility and when hosting or appearing at County functions or community events. The ID badge can be worn using a breakaway lanyard, clip-on badge reel or badge holder. For many employees working in facilities with card access systems, the ID badge also serves as your door access to employee entrances and/or outside of public hours.
The ID Badges provide a consistent method of identifying other county employees and establishes a standard of security and access control that provides a safe work environment for County staff and the public.

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Clackamas County is dedicated to encouraging employees to use alternative modes of transportation such as public transportation, carpooling, walking and bicycling to relieve road congestion, reduce harmful emissions, improve employee health and reduce employee commuting costs.  As an incentive, the County provides benefit eligible (i.e. regular status) employees with a 50% subsidy on the purchase of a monthly all-zone Tri-Met pass.  If you choose to participate you will pledge to commute to work primarily by Tri-Met bus and/or light rail options. Program details are included in EPP 57:  Transportation Assistance

If you use transit to commute to work, live and work in the service district, and need to leave work unexpectedly for an emergency, Tri-Met will pay for a taxi to take you home. Emergency ride home vouchers are available from Human Resources and from department transportation coordinators. 

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As a new employee you may have questions about how to dress in your new position. The answer depends on many factors. All County employees have a responsibility to serve the public and represent our county in a professional manner. Neat appearance and appropriate on-the-job conduct are essential for maintaining good relationships with our customers, the citizens of Clackamas County. There is no one dress code since we have a wide variety of occupations at the County. All employees should dress and conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with their positions. Individual County departments may define appearance standards more specifically for their employees. If you have questions before you begin employment, we encourage you to ask your supervisor.

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New and promoted employees have a probationary period as part of their evaluation process in the new job. A probationary period is a working test period which allows your supervisor time to consider your suitability for the job and gives you an opportunity to decide if you are satisfied with the job. New employees serve a 12 month probationary period. Promoted employees who previously had attained regular status with the County serve a six -month probationary period. If you are on a leave of absence (paid or unpaid) for more than 30 days during the probationary period, your probationary period will be extended by the amount of the leave.

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An employee's first performance evaluation occurs six months following hire or promotion. After the initial evaluation, an employee's performance is reviewed at least annually. This is regardless of qualification for a salary increase.
The review will include the following:

  • An evaluation of the employee's quality and quantity of work
  • A review of exceptional employee accomplishments
  • Establishment of goals for career development and job enrichment
  • A review of the areas which need improvement
  • Setting of performance goals for the employee for the following year
     
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Chapter 2.05 of the County Code is dedicated to Personnel Policies and Procedures for County employees and applicants for employment. It serves as the overall policy for employment at the County

The County has over 50 individual policy and procedures memos written on various employment topics. Topics range from Family Medical leave, Military Leave, Inclement Weather, Driving policy, etc. Click on the link above to see the entire list of topics and to access a particular EPP.
Below are links to a select few of the over 50 EPPs that may be of interest as you begin employment with us.

  • EPP 1: Equal Employment Opportunity Complaint & Grievance Resolution Procedure
  • EPP 2: Harassment
  • EPP 7: Military Leave
  • EPP 8: Crime Victim Leave
  • EPP 10: Family & Medical Leave Policy
  • EPP 12: Inclement Weather
  • EPP 16: Transfer Policy
  • EPP 39: Domestic Violence Victim Leave
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As a new employee you will likely be using technology systems and equipment (computer systems, shared files, email, internet and other systems).  The following page provides an overview of how technology is used at the County.  After reading this information, you are invited to ask additional questions to your supervisor, department contact or directly to the County's Technology Services Department.
 

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The County has eight unions and each union has a collective bargaining agreement that serves as the agreement between the employees in that union and the County. Represented employees should check their bargaining agreement prior to other employment policies to see if a policy has been negotiated. A negotiated policy in a collective bargaining agreement will take precedence over other employment policy.

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Clackamas County is committed to providing a safe working environment for its employees. Our goal is to promote and encourage a workplace where each employee views him/herself as a risk manager. Clackamas County makes every effort to comply with relevant federal and state occupational health and safety laws. As a new employee, you are responsible for familiarizing yourself with the County's and your department's safety rules and procedures. If safety equipment, clothing or training is necessary for you to perform your job, the County will provide these to you. Our goal is to encourage behaviors which promote workplace safety, as well as establish a pattern of safety practices which can benefit us in our jobs and personal lives.

Below are some related Employee Practices and Procedures (EPP) to familiarize yourself with our risk management culture:

EPP # 5: Drug Free Workplace Act and Policy

EPP #34: Violence in the Workplace Policy

EPP #51: Pre-Employment Drug Testing Policy

EPP #52: Driving and Vehicle Policy

All employees are required to wear seat belts while in a county vehicle or in a personal vehicle while conducting county business!

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Our Culture

Alternate Work Week
Many departments have a Monday through Thursday work schedule. This allows for expanded public service hours (10-hour days) for our customers, as well as a reduction of the county's carbon footprint (including one less day of employee commutes and reduced energy usage in county facilities). While nearly half of County employees work the alternate work week, there are employees that by the nature of their work cannot work this schedule. 

Employee Recognition
The county recognizes that its most valuable resource is its employees. You are joining an organization that places a high value on service and innovation. We have a very active employee recognition program that serves to recognize and commend the employees and the teams that perform outstanding customer service and who generate ideas that improve efficiency and costs.

Training
Training is a key element in gaining the tools to do our jobs effectively and expand our skills. Once you start working onsite, you will be able to access to the County Intranet. Listed under the "Toolbox" menu is a site dedicated to County-wide training programs. You will be able to review upcoming training, learn how to register for classes and check out materials from the training library.