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BUREAU OF HUMAN RESOURCES

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN MAINE STATE GOVERNMENT


JOBS OPEN TO APPLICATION
  • Open Competitive
  • Direct Hire
  • APPLICATION FORMS
  • Open Competitive (updated 10/2005)
  • Direct Hire (updated 01/2005)
  • MAINE STATE CIVIL SERVICE SYSTEM

    The Maine State Civil Service System covers employees of the Executive Branch of Maine State Government. Selection and advancement are based upon merit principles without regard to sex, age, race, color, religion, national origin, political affiliation, and physical or mental handicap.

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    WHO IS COVERED?

    Classified Competitive and Classified Direct Hire positions fall within civil service requirements. Unclassified positions consist mostly of high-level, policy-making, appointed positions and are not covered by civil service requirements.

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    COMPETITIVE POSITIONS

    All classified competitive positions are filled from employment registers as vacancies in these jobs occur. The Bureau of Human Resources publishes Career Opportunity Bulletins for jobs open to application. These bulletins contain important information about the duties and responsibilities of the job, minimum qualifications required, and the examination process for placement on the employment registers. You should review the bulletins of any jobs in which you are interested prior to completing the application form. Bulletins and applications are available online at the Bureau of Human Resources in Augusta, Maine and all Maine CareerCenter Offices.

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    HOW TO APPLY FOR COMPETITIVE POSITIONS

    Application:

    One application must be completed for each job title of interest and submitted to the Bureau of Human Resources, State House Station #4, Augusta, Maine 04333-0004 along with 1 self-addressed stamped envelope.


    Evaluation Process:

    Minimum qualifications are established for each job title by the Bureau of Human Resources in conjunction with the employing agencies. You must meet the minimum qualifications before being allowed to go through the examination process. Therefore, it is imperative that applications be complete and accurate. Incomplete applications may be disqualified or returned.


    Examination Process:

    Once you meet the minimum qualifications, you are eligible to take any necessary tests. Depending on the job title for which you apply, tests may consist of one or more the following: an assessment of your training and experience, a written exam, an oral board exam, a physical fitness test, and performance tests. Specific information about tests is detailed on the Career Opportunity Bulletins. Applicants are notified seven to ten days prior to the scheduled exam. ALL TESTING IS CONDUCTED IN MAINE ONLY.  Special accommodations are made for handicapped applicants upon request.


    Employment Registers:

    Eligibility lists for each classification are comprised of applicants who have successfully completed all phases of the examination process. Scores range from a minimum passing score of 70 to a maximum score of 100. Veterans may be eligible for either 5 or 10 additional points (more information on Veterans' Preference in Maine State Civil Service is available here). (NOTE: It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that information (such as home address and phone number) is kept up-to-date. Outdated information may make it impossible to contact you and may result in the removal of your name from the register.)


    Certification to Vacancies:

    When a request to fill a vacancy is received, the names of the top six candidates (more if there are tie scores) are sent to the hiring agency. Normal order of referral is:
     

    1. Employees on lay-off status from Maine State Government
    2. Current employees of the hiring agency
    3. Current Maine State Employees in other hiring agencies
    4. Candidates on reemployment status (former Maine State Employees)
    5. Candidates not currently employed by the State of Maine

    State agencies may request other methods of certification, such as by test score only. Additionally, names of qualified handicapped, minority, or female candidates may be certified (applicants must complete the EEO/Affirmative Action tear-off section of the application form in order to be eligible).


    Probationary Period:

    This is the final part of the employment process. The probationary period is used for closely observing an employee's work performance before permanent status is granted. The duration is usually six months, but may be extended by the appointing authority to no more than 12 months.

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    DIRECT HIRE POSITIONS

    Classified Direct Hire positions are generally advanced professional or highly specialized technical jobs usually having a license or certification requirement. They also include positions involving unskilled and semi-skilled labor, attendant, domestic, or custodial duties. You must contact the individual hiring agencies for Direct Hire positions. A list of hiring agencies, addresses, and phone numbers is available here.

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    UNCLASSIFIED POSITIONS

    Unclassified positions, usually designated by law, have no civil service status and are not managed under the civil service system.