Getting Started

All eligible County employees are welcome to participate in the Employee Referral Program.  The first step is using our online referral system to tell your friends and family about how to apply to the County of Riverside.  When you submit a referral using our online system, we will email your friend or family member information on how to view current job openings.

Referral awards are only paid for bonus-eligible positions.  See our program rules and guidelines for additional information on participating in the Employee Referral Program.

"Word-of-Mouth" and Informal Referrals

Although we appreciate all employees who encourage their friends and family to apply to the County of Riverside, we are unable to recognize word-of-mouth and other informal referrals made outside of the program.  For this reason, you must submit your referral using our online system before the applicant applies or submits a resume to the County of Riverside.


For questions, please email the program administrator at ERP@RIVCO.ORG.

Use our online referrals system to tell your friends and family about applying to the County of Riverside. You may be eligible to win a cash award for referring a successful candidate hired into a bonus-eligible position!

The future of Riverside County depends on the people we bring in today.  Our Employee Referral Program (ERP) rewards regular County of Riverside employees when a new external employee is hired into an eligible position because of your referral.  Please look over the program rules, and then refer to the list of qualifying bonus-eligible positions.  We look forward to welcoming your friends and former colleagues to Riverside County!

Eligibility:  All regular employees in a paid status or on an approved leave of absence from the County of Riverside are eligible to participate.  The only exceptions are managers, employees of the Human Resources Department, and those whose normal work duties include the hiring process.

Referral Fee:  All bonus-eligible positions are eligible for a referral fee of 1 percent of the maximum annual salary step as listed on the job specifications, or a minimum or $300.  The fee will be taxable income, not included as compensation for purposes of retirement calculations.

Referral Fee Process:  To submit a referral, please complete and submit the online referral form, including your email or physical address.  A referral can only be submitted by one person.  (In case more than one employee submits the same candidate, the earliest submission received is the individual to be considered for the referral fee.  Date and time received will be noted by the system.)

Eligible Candidate:  An eligible candidate is one who is actually interviewed and hired, not just presented for consideration.  To be considered an eligible referral, Human Resources must not have any prior resume, application, letter from the candidate, or presentation by an outside search firm dated within the past year.  The candidate must be a new County employee, and not currently or previously employed with the County.

Method of Payment:  Once the candidate is hired as a result of a referral and has completed 90 days of employement, we will process the referral on file and file the check request for the referral fee.  (The 90-day period begins at the start date, and the referral fee will be charged to the hiring department cost center.)

Submission of Resume:  It is your friend's responsibility to submit his or her resume to the County of Riverside for consideration.

Status of Referral:  All referrals expire one year from submission date.  You may refer the same person again once the referral expires.


The County of Riverside reserves the right to amend or discontinue the Employee Referral Program without notice.  For more information, see Board of Supervisor's Policy C-30 (.pdf file).