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Kandis Baker-Buford

Phone: (863) 534-6030
Toll Free: (800) 780-5346


Street Address: 330 W. Church St. Bartow, FL 33830 Office Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The Equity and Human Resources Division provides support for the county’s more than 2,000 employees in the areas of compensation, benefits, employment services and employee relations for Polk County jobs.

Polk County’s Board of County Commissioners is one of the county’s top employers.

And why wouldn’t it be? The county offers a comprehensive benefits package, a friendly working environment and a diverse culture.

For more than a decade, the county has been recognized by CareerSource Polk as a Best Places To Work. If you’re looking to start a career here, the Human Resources Division is your first stop.

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Polk County May Have your Dream Job!

Did you know that there are more than 300 unique job opportunities working for Polk County government?

There is diversity here, not only in our workforce, but in the types of work that we do. From building and maintaining infrastructure such as our roads and facilities, to social services and office support, our workforce is more than 2,200 strong.

We know that if our employees enjoy an outstanding quality of life, then we will want the same for the more than 820,000 residents of Polk County. After all, Polk government employees are inspired by service, making this county a great place to live, work and play.


How to Apply

To complete an online application for employment with Polk County, click the “Apply Now” button. All applicants will be prompted to enter an email address. If this is your first time applying, you will be asked to create a profile account. If you’ve applied before, you’ll be directed to your saved profile. Current Polk County employees must apply by using the “Me” section of Polk One and entering their Polk County email address.

If you need assistance, please contact Human Resources at (863) 534-6030 or by email at

Looking for a Career in Fire Rescue?

Are you looking for a career with Polk County? Polk County Fire Rescue is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) and employs some of the finest firefighters, EMTs and paramedics the county has to offer. If you would like to be a part of this highly qualified and growing department, apply below.


Polk County employs a diverse workforce of more than 2,200 people with varying skill sets and levels of experience. If you are looking for a career where you make a difference in your community, join us! Here is just a glimpse of our total compensation program that includes competitive pay:

Benefits Explained

All employees are paid by direct deposit on a biweekly basis.

Service Time           Accrual
Day 1 – Year 5          12 days
Year 6 – Year 10       15 days
Year 11 – Year 15     18 days
Year 16 – Year 20     21 days
21+ Years                 25 days

If you have hours left over from another county organization, you may be able to transfer those hours.

Regular full-time employees accrue sick leave at the rate of 3.7 hours biweekly with no limit. County employees may also join the Sick Leave Pool, which is here to extend your sick leave benefit if you need it.

Employees may use up to three days per year as personal time off with hours being deducted from their sick leave account. PTO is reinstated on an annual basis.

Polk County employees receive 10 paid holidays a year.

All regular full-time and part-time employees are covered under the Florida Retirement System (FRS). For information about FRS, go to

  • Medical: The county offers three medical plans through Aetna to best fit your needs. Those plans include Aetna Open Access Select, Aetna Choice POS II HRA and the Aetna Value Plan.
  • Prescription Drug Plan: Provided when you enroll in a county medical plan.
  • Dental: The county offers high and low options dental plans through Aetna.
  • Vision: Two vision care options provided through MetLife.
  • Life Insurance and Supplemental Life Insurance.
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP): At no cost to you, our EAP provides resources for counseling, legal and financial services.

Polk County’s Employee Wellness Clinic offers free medical care to benefits-eligible employees and dependents covered under the county’s health insurance plan.

  • “Good Health” Incentive credits
  • Employee Gym
  • “Thrive Life” wellness app to earn points for your fitness

Polk County’s education reimbursement program provides financial assistance to regular full-time employees for college-level courses that serve to enhance your knowledge and skills relating to your official duties at work.

Other Polk County Constitutional Career Opportunities