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    The Department of Public Welfare (DPW) 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 DPW: 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 the Department of Public Welfare (DPW) 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 DPW for current advertised vacancies.

    Job Opportunities

    Civil Service

    The State Civil Service Commission oversees Civil Service employment. The majority of the positions within DPW are covered by the Civil Service, which requires job candidates to participate in competitive examinations in order to qualify for employment. The DPW Recruitment Spotlight gives more information on Civil Service jobs with ongoing needs to fill.

    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 DPW Vacancy Bidding Form as well as other materials when applying.


    DPW 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.


    Internship opportunities are available to high-school students displaying a variety of skills and interested in 9-month or 12-month assignments.

    Contact Information

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

    Bureau of Human Resources
    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
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