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Employees & Employment

The Commonwealth has two types of employment systems: Civil Service and Non-Civil Service.  The Department of General Services (DGS) offers both types of employment depending on the job classification.

Non-Civil Service

In order to be considered for Non-Civil Service employment, prospective candidates must complete an online application at  Upon completing the application, the applicant's name will be placed on employment lists for all positions for which they qualify.  When a job opening becomes available, the Bureau of State Employment refers names on the list for consideration.

Civil Service

To be considered for Civil Service employment, prospective candidates must participate in an examination program.  If the applicant receives a passing score and meets the minimum experience and training requirements as determined by the State Civil Service Commission, the applicant's name is placed on an employment list in order of test score.  This list is used to conduct interviews and make selections.

For further information on testing and employment opportunities, contact the State Civil Service Commission at (717) 787-7811 or visit their website.


In addition to Commonwealth employment, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry offers JobGateway as an online resource to connect job seekers and employers.  JobGateway is an easy-to-use website where job seekers can create or upload a resume, apply for jobs, make themselves available to thousands of employers who are registered with the system, keep track of their job search activities and automatically receive recommendations of job postings that match their preferences.  A mobile version of the website is also available so that individuals can search and apply for jobs directly from their mobile device. 

Career Opportunities with the Pennsylvania Capitol Police

Individuals who are: 21 years of age, a Pennsylvania resident, have completed a Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission approved Police Academy and possess a valid Pennsylvania Driver's License, are invited to apply for a career with the Pennsylvania Capitol Police.  For further information on testing and employment opportunities, contact the State Civil Service Commission at (717) 787-7811 or visit their website.  Interested candidates can also contact the Pennsylvania Capitol Police at (717) 787-9013.

Current Commonwealth Employees

Commonwealth employees interested in applying for a DGS position should utilize the Application for Vacancy form as specified in the job posting details.