A job with Richland County provides abundant opportunities, excellent benefits, and an enjoyable work environment. Potential new employees must successfully pass a pre-employment drug/alcohol test and undergo a criminal background check, including but not limited to a SLED and driver's license check.
Welcome to Richland County - A Guide for New Employees
Benefits available for full-time employees
- Group Health, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance
- Voluntary Supplemental Life Insurance
- Voluntary Spouse and Child Life Insurance
- South Carolina State Retirement Membership through the Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA)
- South Carolina Deferred Compensation Program (401(k) and 457 – traditional and Roth options)
- Retirement Insurance Package for eligible retirees
- Sick Leave Accruals - 12 days per year
- Vacation Leave Accruals - 10 days per year
- Thirteen Paid Holidays
- Longevity Pay Program
- Richland County University - Job Related Training Program
- Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
- Flexible Spending Accounts (Medical and Dependent Care)
- Employee Grievance Process
- Award-winning Rich Health Wellness Program
- Voluntary Group Insurance Products (i.e., Short-Term Disability, Long Term Disability, Universal Life, Accident and Critical Illness)
- Flexible Work Arrangements
- Employee Assistance Program
***Subject to change with or without notice***
*This is not a Contract*
Application and Hiring Process
All candidates must submit an online employment application using our online platform. A cover letter and/or resume may also be submitted, but may not be submitted as an alternative to completing an online application. Candidates who do not complete an online application in its entirety (including all work experience) will not be considered for employment. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
To be considered for multiple positions, applicants will need to submit an application for each position.
How To Apply
- Apply for an open position online by selecting the job title you are interested in and clicking the "Apply" link.
- If this is your first time applying online, you must create an account and select a Username and Password. After your account is established, you may begin completing your application. This application may be saved and used to apply for more than one job opening.
- The County only accepts applications for positions that are currently open and advertised.
- Applications must be completed through the online application system. Paper applications will not be accepted.
- A kiosk is available in Human Resources to apply online Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Richland County Administration Building, 2020 Hampton Street, Room 3058, Columbia, SC 29204
Screening and Interviews
Applications are screened and reviewed by the respective hiring department. Please note, after you have submitted your application, a message will display confirming the successful submission of your application. Any update on the status of your application can be provided by the hiring department. Additionally, pre-screening phone interviews and/or in-person interviews are coordinated and conducted by the hiring department.
At least three references may be contacted for final candidates. Reference checks may be completed by the hiring department. It is the responsibility of the candidate to update any references prior to this stage where applicable.
All employment opportunities with Richland County Government are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check and other pre-employment screening. Background checks pay include, but are not limited to: federal, state, and county criminal records; DMV records; credit history (when applicable); employment verification; and education verification.
Offer of Employment
Once all employment considerations have been approved by the County Administrator and the Department Head (or Elected/Appointed Official) and upon successful results of pre-employment screening (which Richland County Government requires for its positions), an offer may be extended to the selected candidate.
New Employee Orientation
Once an offer of employment is accepted by a candidate, the Human Resources Department will coordinate new hire orientation with the candidate, including start date and new hire paperwork.
All new hires are required to provide the appropriate documentation as detailed in Form I-9: Employment Eligibility Verification to verify their eligibility to work in the United States by the end of their first day of employment. Failure to do so by the deadline will result in indefinite suspension of work duties.
It is the policy of Richland County Government to provide equal opportunity to all applicants for employment, and to administer hiring, compensation, training, promotion, transfer, discipline, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination in regards to of race, color, religion, gender, disability, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
Request for Reasonable Accommodation
Richland County Government complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008. If you have a disability and need accommodations in connection with the job application process, please notify the Human Resources Department at 803-576-2111 as soon as possible so that necessary arrangements can be made.