What is Civil Service?
The majority of the positions within the Department of Human Services are covered by the civil service merit system of employment, which requires job candidates to participate in competitive examinations in order to qualify for employment. The State Civil Service Commission (SCSC) is responsible for conducting examination programs for civil service positions when there is an anticipated hiring need
How does the new civil service application and hiring process work?
Applicants use www.employment.pa.gov to view and apply for civil service and non-civil service positions. Each posting indicates if the position is civil service or non-civil service.
Each civil service job posting describes the hiring process used to fill the position. Some civil service positions still require applicants to take a written exam at a test center. However, job seekers are also able to apply to more civil service positions by completing an application and answering job-related questions online.
How to Apply
Applicants interested in civil service positions must take the appropriate civil service exam in order to be considered for vacancies. To apply, applicants must complete a civil service application and any other materials pertinent to the specific job title. Your qualifications may not be reviewed until after you have taken the exam, so be certain you meet all of the requirements.
There are several types of civil service exams: written, performance, oral, and an assessment of experience and training. If you apply for a job title that requires a written exam (administered on a computer at a designated testing site), you may select the location and date for your exam. If the job title for which you applied involves an assessment of experience and training, your application will be rated based on the information you report on your application supplement. Most applications that require an application supplement cannot be completed online. They should be mailed to the Harrisburg State Civil Service Commission with your general civil service application.
You may obtain examination announcements and other information on employment opportunities from the SCSC or from your nearest PA Job Center. For more Civil Service information visit the SCSC website.
To apply for a civil service job title, apply online at employment.pa.gov or submit a civil service application to the Harrisburg State Civil Service Commission at the following address:
Strawberry Square Complex
320 Market Street, P.O. Box 569
Harrisburg, PA 17108
Inquiries concerning regional positions may also be referred to one of the SCSC regional offices listed below; however, only send paper applications to the Harrisburg office. Sending applications to a regional office will delay the application and hiring process.
110 N. 8th Street, Suite 503
Philadelphia, PA 19107-2412
411 7th Ave., Room 410
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1925