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Santa Barbara County is located approximately 100 miles north of Los Angeles and 300 miles south of San Francisco. Eight incorporated cities are located within the County: Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Lompoc, Goleta, Carpinteria, Guadalupe, Solvang, and Buellton.

HR DepartmentThe largest employment categories include services, wholesale and retail trade, public administration, and manufacturing. The mild climate, picturesque coastline, scenic mountains, and numerous parks and beaches make the County a popular tourist and recreational area.

County Human Resources Mission Statement
To promote a County culture where our employees can do their best work, so our community can live its best life.

Four Core Principles of County of Santa Barbara Human Resources

We are Here for Our Employees:
We are passionate about providing outstanding benefits, ongoing professional development and resources.

We Do The Right Thing:
We conduct ourselves with honesty, integrity and professionalism, to earn and retain trust.

We Drive Communication:
We listen to understand, ask questions, then respond accurately and promptly.

We Honor Diversity:
We embrace people of diverse perspectives and backgrounds because they are essential to inclusion and innovation.
HR Priorities

As we closed FY 2018/19, HR focused on aligning and integrating HR structures and systems to the County’s Renew ’22 efforts. We now enter the new fiscal year focusing on the following four priorities:

  1. Create a Feedback Culture for transparency and collaboration
  2. Keep Top Talent Inspired to retain and engage a creative workforce
  3. Implement Digital Solutions to transform how we work
  4. Establish strong internal controls for operational effectiveness

The set of HR Priorities lays the foundation for the shift the department is prepared to make as we move toward Renew ’22 achievements. Albert Einstein said,” It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” Establishing these priorities has, in fact, required a commitment from the HR team to re-invent itself and innovate in the way we think of our work.

Join the County Team!

From the culture and arts to the unique experiences and opportunities, there are countless of reasons to love the County of Santa Barbara.

We offer a wide variety of challenging and rewarding career opportunities for those new to the workforce, returning to the workforce, or those looking for a change in careers. At the County, you’ll find variety, challenge, and job satisfaction, as well as the opportunity to work with colleagues who are dedicated to making a positive difference in their community.

Our employees are our greatest assets! The County of Santa Barbara is a service-oriented organization with a $600 million budget. The County has 23 departments and a workforce of approximately 4,600 employees in over 700 different jobs.

Jobs for Everyone!

We have developed programs that will promote and enhance your work experience. You can continue your personal and professional development in our Employees’ University, learning or enhancing such skills as:

  • Public speaking
  • Budgeting
  • Project Management
  • Supervision
  • And many, many more.

At the County of Santa Barbara, you can move up in your profession or try a completely different career, all without changing employers. Similar to our other county employees, you can make Santa Barbara the place you love.

No experience? No problem!

The County offers many entry-level professional positions that require any of the following:

  • High school diploma
  • G.E.D. certification
  • 4-year degree

Most importantly, the desire to begin a fun and rewarding career!


The County of Santa Barbara leadership team is committed to maintaining a diverse workforce that reflects the local population and promoting equal opportunity and inclusion while ensuring compliance with state, local, and federal law. The County’s dedication to this purpose is driven by a passion to hire, develop, and retain top talent who will play a key role in enhancing our customers’ experience.

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