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Most DEP positions are civil service and covered by the merit system of employment. This means that applicants must apply for and take a civil service examination before they can be interviewed. The type of examination varies based on the job title in which the applicant is interested. It could be a multiple choice examination administered on a computer at a State Civil Service Commission office. It could be an assessment of the applicant's experience and training completed on the applicant's home computer. Other types of examinations include oral, essay and work simulation. Interested applicants should visit the State Civil Service Commission Website at and select "Job Seekers" and "Open Career Opportunities" to review the necessary qualifications and to apply.

The list of open examinations is updated regularly, so applicants are encouraged to check the website periodically. Online application is available. Applicants should be specific when completing the application because eligibility is based on the applicants' experience and training. Only those who take and pass the appropriate examination and meet the minimum experience and training requirements will be placed on a list of eligible candidates to be considered for employment. Please note that for many job titles, Pennsylvania residency is required at the time of application. In addition, some job titles require possession of a driver's license or professional licensure.

References on the DEP website to engineers, geologists and/or surveyors reflect civil service job titles and do not imply professional licensure. Professional licenses may be indicated on an individual level with PE (professional engineer), PG (professional geologist) or PLS (professional land surveyor) following an employee's name.