Employment Opportunities with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is a state government agency responsible for protecting Pennsylvania's environmental and natural resources. Employees perform environmental protection work or carry out support services in the following areas: waste, air, radiation protection, dam safety, watershed management, water facility regulation, water planning, abandoned mine reclamation, mine safety, mine inspection, oil and gas regulation, energy and community revitalization. Most DEP careers are specialized and technical in nature, and therefore require bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees to qualify.
The Commonwealth now utilizes an online application system called NeoGov. Prospective, current and former Commonwealth employees can view employment opportunities by visiting www.employment.pa.gov, clicking on “Open Jobs”, creating a NeoGov user profile, and applying for the positions that they are interested in. Former employees and prospective employees should visit the State Civil Service Commission website at www.scsc.pa.gov in order to view open exam announcements.
Non-Commonwealth employees can review the frequently asked questions below and click on the "Employment Topics" for guidance on the DEP hiring process.
What major must I possess to qualify for DEP employment?
As mentioned above, most DEP careers are specialized and technical in nature, and therefore require bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees to qualify. Those interested in careers performing environmental protection work should possess majors such as:
- Air Pollution Control Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Environmental Engineering
- Environmental/Natural Science
- Environmental Resource Management
- Mechanical Engineering
- Mining Engineering
- Nuclear Engineering
- Soils Science
This list is not all-inclusive. In addition, individuals who possess bachelor's degrees in majors in other fields may qualify for careers in supporting functions, such as human resources, information technology, policy, legislative affairs, and communications.
Can I work for DEP if I do not have a degree?
DEP offers clerical positions, maintenance/trades positions, and some inspection positions that do not require degrees. These positions may require some type of related experience to qualify. Interested applicants should visit the State Civil Service Commission Website and select "Job Seekers" and "Open Career Opportunities" to review the necessary qualifications and to apply.
What entry-level positions may be available?
Entry-level positions are positions we often fill with external candidates (non-DEP employees). DEP positions at the entry-level include:
- Air Quality Engineering Trainee
- Air Quality Engineering Specialist
- Bituminous Underground Mine Inspector
- Bituminous Underground Mine Electrical Inspector
- Chemistry Technician
- Civil Engineer Trainee
- Civil Engineer General
- Civil Engineer Hydraulic
- Conservation District Field Representative
- Clerk Typist 2
- Energy Program Specialist
- Environmental Engineering Trainee
- Environmental Engineering Specialist
- Environmental Trainee
- Geologic Trainee
- Mine Safety Emergency Response and Training Specialist
- Mining Engineering Trainee
- Nuclear Safety Specialist
- Oil and Gas Inspector
- Radiation Health Physicist
- Soils Scientist
- Water Pollution Biologist
This list is not all-inclusive and does not imply that we currently have vacant positions in all job titles listed. For up-to-date information on which job titles are available for testing, visit the State Civil Service Commission Website and select "Job Seekers" and "Open Career Opportunities" to review the necessary qualifications and to apply. Some examinations are open year-round; others open for a window period each year or two.
Where is DEP located?
DEP is headquartered in Harrisburg, PA and has regional, district and mining offices located throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (Map of DEP Office Locations). At the time of application, applicants have the option of listing up to 10 county locations where they would be willing to accept employment. Applicants should only list counties where they will accept employment. Further, applicants should list counties in which DEP offices are located. Otherwise, they risk not being contacted for an interview since lists of eligible candidates are generally retrieved for the county of the vacancy.
I need more information. Who should I contact for assistance?
Please call the Bureau of Human Resources at 717-783-2021 for general assistance on employment opportunities. You may also email us at DEPJobs@pa.gov.
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.