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The Department of Human Services (DHS) has an ongoing need to hire qualified Pennsylvanians to provide service and leadership for its varied and diverse programs. There are two general types of jobs available with DHS: civil service and non-civil service.

Each type of job involves a separate employment process, different from finding a job with most private companies and nonprofit organizations. Generally, if you are not already employed by DHS or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, you will have a greater chance of securing employment if you apply to the State Civil Service Commission or the Bureau of State Employment for future vacancies rather than attempting to apply directly to DHS for currently advertised vacancies.

Job Opportunities

Civil Service

The State Civil Service Commission oversees Civil Service employment. The majority of the positions within DHS are covered by the Civil Service, which requires job candidates to participate in competitive examinations in order to qualify for employment. Apply online at

Non-Civil Service

Non-Civil Service employment is managed by the Governor's Office of Administration, Bureau of State Employment. Job seekers looking for non-civil service jobs in Pennsylvania can apply online at

Commonwealth Employees

Active state employees looking for other job opportunities with the Commonwealth can use JobNet to search for openings. Applicants may be asked to complete and provide a DHS Vacancy Bidding Form as well as other materials when applying.


DHS provides a full range of benefits for regular salaried (or full-time) employees and on a prorated basis for qualified part-time employees. Benefits include single or family health insurance, life insurance, deferred compensation, a leave program, and a retirement plan.

Contact Information

For more information on employment opportunities with DHS or the application process, please contact:

Health and Human Services Human Resources Delivery Center
Room 106, Health & Welfare Building 
P.O. Box 2675 
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2675 

You can also contact the State Civil Service Commission at one of their regional offices:

Strawberry Square Complex 
320 Market Street, P.O. Box 569 
Harrisburg, PA 17108 
Telephone: (717) 783-3058
110 N. 8th Street, Suite 503
Philadelphia, PA 19107-2412
Telephone: (215) 560-2253
411 7th Ave., Room 410 
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1925 
Telephone: (412) 565-7666