What does it mean when a job announcement says, "This position is an 'at will' position"?
”At will status means that there is no contractual, typically thought of as union rights in employment matters, rights in employment. Not to say there are no rights, the rights should be expressed in an offer letter or handbook, but in a right-to-work state, an employee can quit or be terminated for any non-discriminatory/protected status reason.” – From an Assistant City Attorney
”’At Will’ simply means you are subject to termination at the will of the department head for any reason. In some cases there may be a MOU or civil service board review of such releases as these protections are part of your cities charter (if it is a charter city) and there are always legal means to pursue wrongful termination. At will, positions are usually at the division head level or higher, but the jurisdiction has final say as to what positions are subject to the classification. Also in most cases, they will ask you to sign an agreement acknowledging that you understand the position is in fact at will.” – Jerry Schuber (Solid Waste Division Manager at City of Fresno)