NYS Department of Civil Service

May 15, 2023 — Governor Kathy Hochul announced on May 10, 2023, that thousands of state jobs are open and available for immediate hiring. Some of the agencies in need include the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS), the NYS Insurance Fund (NYSIF), the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and more. Under the Hiring for Emergency Limited Placement Program, or HELP, civil service exams for these titles are temporarily waived. 

An application portal was created to deal with HELP openings and candidates can upload an application and resume right now. Candidates still must meet minimum qualifications and other conditions of employment to be considered for the positions. 

“From the medical personnel staffing our hospitals to the social workers connecting families to vital services, the brave New Yorkers who support the health and human services sector are our state’s everyday heroes,” Governor Hochul said in a press release. “In light of a recent worker shortage, New York State is taking temporary measures to help agencies fill critical roles in health and human services and promote the safety and well-being of all New Yorkers.” 

The HELP program extends through March 31, 2024. Any new State employees hired under the HELP program will be kept on as employees on a permanent basis.  

“The Department of Civil Service is working proactively to help recruit the next generation of the New York State workforce,” Department of Civil Service Commissioner and Civil Service Commission President Timothy R. Hogues said. “The HELP program is just one step we are taking to help our partner state agencies attract and retain a diverse and talented workforce that can serve all New Yorkers well into the future. I encourage all individuals to visit the webpage and apply for all positions that you are interested in to begin a rewarding career that offers many benefits with New York State.”