The City of Cottage Grove is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  An official city application is required to be considered for a position.  Completed applications can be submitted by mail, in person, fax or email.

Mailing Address: City of Cottage Grove, Attention: Joe Fischbach, 12800 Ravine Parkway S, Cottage Grove, MN 55016

Fax: 651-458-2897

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City of Cottage Grove Regular Full- & Part-time Job Opportunities


Cook -River Oaks

The part-time cook positions at River Oaks Golf Course include days, nights and weekends and require excellent customer service and presentation of food and beverages in the Clubhouse. This position is responsible for the preparation of all food menu and specialty items within the Clubhouse.

  • Starting Pay:  $13 to $15 per hour, plus tips for banquet events
  • Application Deadline: Open until filled

Essential Job Functions

  • Prepare all menu and specialty items according to standard recipes and processes.
  • Maintain kitchen and prep area in a sanitary and organized fashion.
  • Responsible for keeping food products up to River Oaks standards.
  • Accountable for all food items and stock.
  • Responsible for knowledge and practice of all applicable laws concerning the service and preparation of food products, including health code and OSHA regulations.
  • Responsible for keeping food line stocked and prepped at all times.
  • Accountable for food stock and cost control.

Minimum Requirements

  • One year of cooking experience

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Must have a demonstrated knowledge of food and culinary practices.
  • Must have ability to work well with others in a fast paced environment. 
  • Must have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, employees and the public.

Download an application or pick one up at City Hall, 12800 Ravine Parkway S.


Bartender - River Oaks

The part-time Bartender position at River Oaks Golf Course will provide excellent customer service, and stock and operate the bar area.

  • Pay rate: $9.50 per hour plus tips
  • Applications accepted until position is filled

Essential Job Functions:

  • Responsible for bar set-up
  • Maintain and operate the bar area
  • Take drink and food orders
  • Wait on patrons and wait staff members
  • Prepare and serve alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks in accordance with standard recipes, including the service of draft beer, wine, and mixed cocktails
  • Enter orders in cash register, collects payment, and makes change.
  • Wash and sterilize glassware, prepare garnish for drinks
  • Requisitions liquors, other beverages and supplies
  • Arrange bottles and glassware to make an attractive display and merchandise drinks
  • Operate within all applicable health codes
  • Operate within all legal laws and ordinances concerning the service and use of alcoholic beverages
  • Accountable for all beverage stock and cost control
  • Perform all other necessary duties as apparent or assigned

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Must have a basic knowledge of beer, wine and spirits
  • Must possess basic math skills
  • Must have the ability to handle money transactions and operate cash register
  • Must demonstrate outstanding customer service skills
  • Must have thorough knowledge of all applicable laws concerning the service and use of intoxicating beverages
  • Must demonstrate ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, employees and the public

Download a job application or pick one up at City Hall, 12800 Ravine Parkway S.


Dishwasher- River Oaks

The part-time dishwasher positions at River Oaks Golf Course is responsible for maintaining cleanliness and sanitation standards for plates, cups, glassware, tableware, utensils, etc., using machine and manual cleaning methods. This position also ensures the dishwashing area is maintained as a clean, safe and sanitary facility.

  • Starting Pay:  $9.50 per hour, plus tips
  • Application Deadline: Open until filled

Essential Job Functions

  • Sort and rinse dirty dishes, glass, tableware and other utensils and place them in racks to send through dish washer
  • Hand wash dishes, pots and pans as appropriate.
  • Sort and stack clean dishes.
  • Change dishwater in dish machine every hour.
  • Remove trash and garbage to dumpster.
  • Set up or break down dishwashing area.
  • Sweep/mop floors.
  • Conduct general restaurant and restroom cleaning as directed.
  • Clean up any spills.
  • Perform various duties as assigned by management.

Minimum Requirements

  • Basic knowledge of food and beverage preparation and service

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Must have outstanding customer service skills.
  • Must present a professional image.
  • Must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, employees and the public.

Download the job description (PDF).  Download a job application or pick one up at City Hall, 12800 Ravine Parkway S.


Server - River Oaks

The part-time Eagles Bar and Grill Server position at River Oaks Golf Course will provide excellent customer service, and presentation of food and beverages in the clubhouse and golf course area.

  • Pay rate: $9.50 per hour plus tips
  • Applications accepted until position is filled

Essential Job Functions:

  • Responsible for coordinating the entire food service station and communicating with the front and back of house personnel to provide a dining experience that meets or exceeds guest expectations
  • Process guest orders to ensure that all items are prepared properly and in a timely manner
  • Ensure that patrons are satisfied with the food and the service
  • Process guest checks, accept payment and make change
  • Accountable for cash and guest check charges
  • Assist with stocking of food and beverage supplies
  • Assist with food and beverage preparation
  • Maintain knowledge of menu and food preparation practices
  • Perform all set-up and cleaning of front of house
  • Perform various duties as assigned by management

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age for service of intoxicating liquor
  • Experience in food and beverage service
  • Basic knowledge of food and beverage preparation and service
  • Knowledge of laws concerning the service and use of intoxicating liquor

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Must have outstanding customer service skills
  • Must possess basic math skills
  • Must have the ability to operate cash register and handle money and charges
  • Must present a professional image
  • Must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, employees and the public

 Download a job application or pick one up at City Hall, 12800 Ravine Parkway S.

City of Cottage Grove Seasonal Full- & Part-time Job Opportunities


Streets Maintenance Worker

The full-time, seasonal Streets Maintenance Worker with the Public Works Department to work from May/June-August.  Position responsibilities include general care and maintenance of streets, right of ways and storm structures. Some duties may include but are not limited to mowing, tree trimming, weed whipping, patching, street striping, spraying weeds and landscaping. Applicants should be highly motivated, positive and able to work as a team.

  • Starting Pay: $10 to $13 per hour depending on qualifications
  • Application Deadline: Until filled, first review of applications will be March 3

Minimum qualifications:

  • 18 years of age
  • Valid driver's license

Desired qualifications:

  • Formal education or practical experience in mowing and/or landscaping and street maintenance.

Essential job functions:

a.    Knowledge of the standard practices, methods, tools, materials and equipment of street maintenance activities.
b.    Knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety practices of the trade.
c.    Ability to perform a variety of assigned maintenance duties.
d.    Ability to understand oral and written instructions.
e.    Ability to operate hand and power tools and hand or power driven mowers.
f.    Ability to perform strenuous physical labor and heavy manual tasks for extended periods when required.
g.    Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, City employees and the public.

Download a job application or pick one up at City Hall, 12800 Ravine Parkway S.  Return completed application to Joe Fischbach, Cottage Grove, 12800 Ravine Parkway S., Cottage Grove, MN 55016 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please direct questions about this position to Adam Moshier, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 651-458-2844


Park Caretaker, P/T, 6 mos

The part-time, six-month Park Caretaker with the Parks and Recreation Department will work 20 to 24 hours per week mid-April through mid-October. Position responsibilities include general care and maintenance of an elaborate park system including but not limited to athletic facilities, playgrounds, buildings, shelters, trailways and landscaping.  A high percentage of the job function is to empty trash containers located in the parks with a trash truck. Specific duties may include trash/litter removal as well as restroom, shelter, playground and common area tidying.  Applicants should be highly motivated towards the department’s mission of providing a high quality park system for Cottage Grove residents and visitors to recreate and enjoy. 

  • Starting Pay: $11.75 to $13.75 per hour depending on qualifications
  • Application Deadline: Until filled, first review of applications will be March 3

Minimum qualifications:

  • High school diploma
  • Valid driver's license

Essential job functions:

a.    Knowledge of the standard practices, methods, tools, materials and equipment of park maintenance activities.
b.    Knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety practices of the trade.
c.    Ability to drive a trash truck and follow safe driving practices.
d.    Ability to perform a variety of assigned maintenance duties.
e.    Ability to understand oral and written instructions.
f.    Ability to operate hand and power tools and hand or power driven mowers.
g.    Ability to perform strenuous physical labor and heavy manual tasks for extended periods when required.
h.    Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, City employees and the public.

Download a job application or pick one up at City Hall, 12800 Ravine Parkway S.  Return completed application to Joe Fischbach, Cottage Grove, 12800 Ravine Parkway S., Cottage Grove, MN 55016 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please direct questions about this position to Adam Moshier, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 651-458-2844


Parks Maintenance Worker, F/T, 6 mos

The full-time, six-month Parks Maintenance Worker with the Parks and Recreation Department will work mid-April through mid-October. Position responsibilities include general care and maintenance of an elaborate park system including but not limited to turf, ballfields, playgrounds, buildings, shelters, trails, trees, irrigation and landscaping.  A high percentage of the job function is to operate as part of a turf mowing/trimming team, although many other duties will be expected of the position throughout each season.  Applicants should be highly motivated towards the department’s mission of providing a high quality park system for Cottage Grove residents and visitors to recreate and enjoy. 

  • Starting Pay: $11.75 to $13.75 per hour depending on qualifications
  • Application Deadline: Until filled, first review of applications will be March 3

Minimum qualifications:

  • High school diploma
  • Valid driver's license

Desired qualifications:

  • Formal education or practical experience in mowing, turf maintenance, tree trimming, and landscaping

Essential job functions:
a.    Knowledge of the standard practices, methods, tools, materials and equipment of park maintenance activities.
b.    Knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety practices of the trade.
c.    Ability to perform a variety of assigned maintenance duties.
d.    Ability to understand oral and written instructions.
e.    Ability to operate hand and power tools and hand or power driven mowers.
f.    Ability to perform strenuous physical labor and heavy manual tasks for extended periods when required.
g.    Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, City employees and the public.

Download a job application or pick one up at City Hall, 12800 Ravine Parkway S.  Return completed application to Joe Fischbach, Cottage Grove, 12800 Ravine Parkway S., Cottage Grove, MN 55016 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please direct questions about this position to Adam Moshier, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 651-458-2844


Parks Maintenance Worker

The full-time, seasonal Parks Maintenance Worker with the Parks Department will work May/June to August. Position responsibilities include general care and maintenance of an elaborate park system including but not limited to turf, ballfields, playgrounds, buildings, shelters, trails, trees, irrigation and landscaping.  Applicants should be highly motivated towards the department’s mission of providing a high quality park system for Cottage Grove residents and visitors to recreate and enjoy.

  • Starting Pay: $10 to $13 per hour depending on qualifications
  • Application Deadline: Until filled, first review of applications will be March 3

Minimum qualifications:

  • 18 years of age
  • Valid driver's license

Desired qualifications:

  • Formal education or practical experience in mowing, turf maintenance, tree trimming, ballfield maintenance and/or landscaping.

Essential job functions:

a.    Knowledge of the standard practices, methods, tools, materials and equipment of park maintenance activities.
b.    Knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety practices of the trade.
c.    Ability to perform a variety of assigned maintenance duties.
d.    Ability to understand oral and written instructions.
e.    Ability to operate hand and power tools and hand or power driven mowers.
f.    Ability to perform strenuous physical labor and heavy manual tasks for extended periods when required.
g.    Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, City employees and the public.

Download a job application or pick one up at City Hall, 12800 Ravine Parkway S.  Return completed application to Joe Fischbach, Cottage Grove, 12800 Ravine Parkway S., Cottage Grove, MN 55016 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please direct questions about this position to Adam Moshier, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 651-458-2844


Landscape/Horticulture Worker

The full-time, seasonal Landscape/Horticulture Worker with the Parks Department will work May/June to August. Position responsibilities include general care and maintenance of flower beds and landscaped areas throughout the community. Some duties may include but are not limited to planting flowers, weed whipping, spraying weeds, pulling weeds and landscaping. Applicants should be highly motivated, positive and able to work as a team.

  • Starting Pay: $10 to $13 per hour depending on qualifications
  • Application Deadline: Until filled, first review of applications will be March 3

Minimum qualifications:

  • 18 years of age
  • Valid driver's license

Essential job functions:

a.    Knowledge of the standard practices, methods, tools, materials and equipment of landscaping activities.
b.    Knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety practices of the trade.
c.    Ability to perform a variety of assigned maintenance duties.
d.    Ability to understand oral and written instructions.
e.    Ability to operate hand and power tools.
f.    Ability to perform strenuous physical labor and heavy manual tasks for extended periods when required.
g.    Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, City employees and the public.

Download a job application or pick one up at City Hall, 12800 Ravine Parkway S.  Return completed application to Joe Fischbach, Cottage Grove, 12800 Ravine Parkway S., Cottage Grove, MN 55016 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please direct questions about this position to Adam Moshier, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 651-458-2844


Utilities Maintenance Worker, F/T, 6 mos

The full-time, six-month Utilities Maintenance Worker with the Public Works Department will work mid-April through mid-October. Position responsibilities include general care and maintenance of well sites, fire hydrants, sewer structures and assisting the streetlight division in everyday maintenance. A high percentage of the job function is to operate as part of a mowing/trimming team, although many other duties will be expected throughout each season.  Applicants should be highly motivated, positive and able to work as a team.

  • Starting Pay: $11.75 to $13.75 per hour depending on qualifications
  • Application Deadline: Until filled, first review of applications will be March 3

Minimum qualifications:

  • High school diploma
  • Valid driver's license

Desired qualifications:

  • Formal education or practical experience in mowing, landscaping or general maintenance

Essential job functions:
a.    Knowledge of the standard practices, methods, tools, materials and equipment of Utility maintenance activities.
b.    Knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety practices of the trade.
c.    Ability to perform a variety of assigned maintenance duties.
d.    Ability to understand oral and written instructions.
e.    Ability to operate hand and power tools and hand or power driven mowers.
f.    Ability to perform strenuous physical labor and heavy manual tasks for extended periods when required.
g.    Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, City employees and the public.

Download a job application or pick one up at City Hall, 12800 Ravine Parkway S.  Return completed application to Joe Fischbach, Cottage Grove, 12800 Ravine Parkway S., Cottage Grove, MN 55016 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please direct questions about this position to Adam Moshier, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 651-458-2844


Landscape/Horticulture Internship

The Landscape/Horticulture Intern will work directly with the Parks Department to manage a $30,000+ operational budget of personnel, material and professional service needs.  This full-time, seasonal internship runs mid May to late August with hours of Monday to Thursday 6:30 am to 3:30 pm and Fridays 6:30 to 10:30 am.

The mission of the Cottage Grove Landscape Internship Program is to provide community beautification through well planned and maintained landscaping features in highly visible areas. 

  • The landscape interns plan, coordinate, monitor and maintain landscaped areas throughout the entire community.  Flower beds of significant importance include 80th Street, Jamaica Avenue roundabout, park entrance points and municipal facilities (city hall, fire stations, ice arena, etc.).
  • This program also assists in the development and implementation of sophisticated landscaping plans for items such as Public Landscape Initiative program, future construction projects and park master planning. 
  • The interns are directly responsible for judging and rewarding both residential and commercial applicants for the community Green Garden awards.

Expected benefits of the internship include learning to maintain, design, budget, plan, install and monitor landscaping features of community wide significance.

  • Starting Pay: $11 to $13 per hour depending on qualifications
  • Application Deadline: Until filled, first review of applications will be March 3

 Download a job application or pick one up at City Hall, 12800 Ravine Parkway S.  Return completed application to Joe Fischbach, Cottage Grove, 12800 Ravine Parkway S., Cottage Grove, MN 55016 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Forestry and Natural Resources Internship

The Forestry and Natural Resources Intern will work directly with the City Forester on a multitude of tree and natural resources related projects throughout the community. This full-time, seasonal internship runs mid May to late August with hours of Monday to Thursday 6:30 am to 3:30 pm and Fridays 6:30 to 10:30 am.

The mission of the Cottage Grove Forestry division is to monitor, care for and maintain all trees within the city’s urban forest. 

  • To fulfill this mission, a combination of maintenance, monitoring, disease control, replacement and public outreach are all techniques used to promote tree growth in the community. 
  • The interns will gain experience in tree removal, installation, pruning, maintenance, disease control (Emerald Ash Borer, Dutch Elm, Oak Wilt, etc.) monitoring, inspection, safety techniques, planning and design. 
  • Emerald Ash Borer Management program will be a primary focus of the 2017 internship program. 
  • Pesticide license or ability to obtain is a plus.

Expected benefits of the internship include learning to inventory, maintain, design, budget, plan, install and monitor a community’s urban forest.

  • Starting Pay: $11 to $13 per hour depending on qualifications
  • Application Deadline: Until filled, first review of applications will be March 3

 Download a job application or pick one up at City Hall, 12800 Ravine Parkway S. Return completed application to Joe Fischbach, Cottage Grove, 12800 Ravine Parkway S., Cottage Grove, MN 55016 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Planning Intern

The Planning Intern position will perform entry level planning and zoning professional duties and assisting planners with collecting and preparing data for various development scenarios, updating the comprehensive plan, participation in the comprehensive plan public involvement process, preparing maps and planning reports, presentations to various advisory commissions, City Council and/or public meetings, scanning office documents and conducting basic office functions as needed. Work is performed under direct supervision.

This is a temporary position, lasting approximately three months.  Approximately 40 hours per week.

  • Starting Pay: $11 to $13 per hour, depending on qualifications
  • Application Deadline: March 17 or until filled

Minimum Requirements

  • At least two years of college level coursework in urban planning, geography, public administration or other fields.  A bachelor's degree in urban planning or related field is preferred.
  • Valid driver's license.
  • Excellent customer service skills.

Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledge of principles of strategic and/or urban planning
  • Ability to accurately compile, organize and report data
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing
  • Experience preparing and conducting surveys, preferably with Survey Monkey
  • Ability to operate a personal computer
  • Experience with social media
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective relationships with supervisor, co-workers, other City employees and the general public.
  • Skill in communicating effectively both verbally and in writing, and to request clarification when needed.

Download a job application or pick one up at City Hall, 12800 Ravine Parkway S.

Questions about this position can be addressed by Joe Fischbach, Human Resources Manager at 651-458-2883 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Office Assistant

The Office Assistant position works for the City's Ice Arena/Recreation division and performs basic office duties, including data entry, answering phones, scheduling facilities and providing customer service.   

  • Salary: $10-$12 per hour depending on qualifications
  • Dates: June 5 to Sept. 1
  • Hours: Monday to Friday, 12:30 to 4:30 pm

Minimum Requirements

  • At least 17 years of age
  • General clerical and/or office experience
  • Computer experience
  • Great customer service

Download a job application or pick one up at City Hall, 12800 Ravine Parkway S.  Applications are due May 5 by 3:00 pm.

Questions about this position can be addressed by Joe Fischbach, Human Resources Manager at 651-458-2883 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Playground Leaders

The Playground Leader positions will be responsible for programming, planning and supervising activities for youth ages 5-13 years old.  Activities include arts and crafts, games, special events, and many other fun things.  Leaders will be assigned to work 40 hours per week.  All applicants must be a minimum age of 18.  Experience in a recreation leadership position is preferable.  Leaders should have broad knowledge of games, sports, and craft skills.  Must be able to work well with children and should possess good leadership skills.

  • Training Dates: June 5-6
  • Salary: $10-$12 per hour depending on qualifications

Full Time: June 12-Sept. 6 (Monday-Friday) 7:15 am - 3:45 pm or 8:15 am - 4:45 pm (4 positions)
Part Time: June 12-Sept. 6 (Monday-Friday) 7:15 am - 12:15 pm or 11:45 am - 4:45 pm (4 positions)
Hockey Camp: June 12-15, June 19-22, June 26-29 – 7:15 am - 4:45 pm - Flexible hours July/August (2 positions)
Rec Center: June 12-Sept. 1 (Monday-Friday) 10:30 am - 4:30 pm (2 positions)

Please indicate your preference on your application.

Download a job application or pick one up at City Hall, 12800 Ravine Parkway S.  Applications are due May 5 by 3:00 pm.

Questions about this position can be addressed by Joe Fischbach, Human Resources Manager at 651-458-2883 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Community (non city) Job Opportunities

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