Employment Opportunities with the Hawaii State Senate
News Release from Hawaii State Senate
Welcome to the Hawaii State Senate employment opportunities page. Information on current recruitments can be found in the sidebar. For general information about working at the Senate, please see the About section below, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
30th Legislature - Session Employment Opportunities
The Hawaii State Senate is now accepting applications for the 2019 legislative session!
If you want to experience firsthand what it’s like to work in a dynamic public service organization, work closely with elected officials and the public, and learn more about the legislative process, consider applying for a temporary position listed on the right side of this page under Current Openings. Click on the position details for instructions on how to apply.
About Senate Employment
Where are the Senate offices located?
All Senate offices are in the State Capitol building, which is located in downtown Honolulu. You can find more information about the State Capitol here.
How long do temporary session jobs last?
Session jobs require a 4-6 month commitment, depending on the position. Most begin in January and end on the last day of the legislative session (late April or early May).
Are any of the positions with the Senate permanent?
Although a large number of the Senate staff during the legislative session are in temporary positions, the Senate employs a limited number of staff on a permanent year-around basis. All Senate staff, regardless of their position, are employed on an at-will basis.
Are any of the positions with the Senate part time?
Generally, permanent positions in the Senate are full time. However, part time session positions are sometimes available. If you are seeking a part time position, please note your availability in your cover letter.
Are Senate employees eligible for health insurance?
Senate employees working 20 hours or more per week are eligible for health insurance through the Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund (EUTF). Other options are available for employees working less than 20 hours per week.
Do you offer retirement benefits?
Permanent employees of the Senate are eligible for membership with the State of Hawaii Employees’ Retirement System (ERS).
I recently submitted my resume for a position with the Senate. When will I receive a response?
Due to the large volume of resumes submitted to the Senate, many applicants will not be contacted for an interview after submitting a resume.
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Employment Opportunities with the Hawaii State House of Representatives
From Hawaii State House of Representatives
Have you ever been interested in learning the inner workings of State Government? Do you want to help make your State a better place to live and work? Would you like to assist your neighbors when they have questions or concerns and help guide them in resolving issues?
Then there may be a place in the House of Representatives for you.
The Legislature is a fast-paced environment filled with many important deadlines, daily hearings, and long hours. Professionalism is a must, working closely with government officials, business leaders and the public. Working for the House requires a lot of energy and the drive to get the job done and serve the public well.
About Employment at the House of Representatives
Who can apply?
We welcome a very diverse cross section of applicants, ranging from freshly graduated college students to retirees. Minimum requirements are listed for each job, but the main requirement is that you are willing and able to learn the legislative process. We do perform background checks, and a criminal history may disqualify you from employment with the House. We strive for a safe environment for all Capitol employees and visitors.
How do I apply?
Email your resume and cover letter to email@example.com, indicating position(s) desired. Please submit your resume only ONCE. If you would like to apply for more than one position, indicate all positions desired on your cover letter. All resumes submitted will be available for review by the different Representatives and Agency Offices.
Do I need a college degree?
For most positions, no degree is required, but is often helpful.
What are the job requirements?
Please see the individual jobs in the sidebar for a list of requirements.
When are positions available?
Session staff positions are TEMPORARY and generally run from December/January until May. Hiring for session staff generally happens in November and December.
Where are you located?
All positions are based out of the State Capitol Building, which is located in downtown Honolulu. See Map
Where do I park?
We have limited metered parking available for the general public. Parking is accessible through the Miller Street entrance off of Punchbowl Street. Staff may apply for parking passes on a first-come first-served basis.
What benefits do you offer?
Health, Prescription Drug, Dental and Vision insurance is available.
I recently submitted my resume. When will I receive a response?
Your application/resume will be kept on file in the House Chief Clerk’s Office for review by House members and legislative agencies. If interested, the Members or staff themselves may call you to set an appointment for an interview. Applications are kept on file for the duration of the legislative session until the end of May. If you applied for the previous year, you will need to re-submit your resume.
Are there any permanent positions available?
A majority of the positions in the House are on a temporary, session-only basis. Any permanent staff positions will be posted if available.
What are the hours?
Work schedules vary by office, but generally run from 8 – 5. Please be aware, however, that the Legislature has a dynamic work environment, and hours can be significantly longer during deadline periods.
Can I apply with a specific office?
If you are interested in working for a specific Representative or Agency Office, you may email them your resume directly.
How much do you pay?
Salary ranges depend on position and experience. For detailed salary information, please see individual jobs in the sidebar.
Do you have part-time positions?
A majority of positions in the House are full-time. Depending on office needs, Representatives may hire part-time staff. If you are interested in part-time positions, please indicate so on your cover letter.
Are there volunteer opportunities available?
There are always opportunities available for volunteers. You can contact a Representative directly to volunteer in their office.
Do you offer internships?
Internships may be arranged through the UH Internship Program, or you may work with your professor and individual Representatives.
Submit Resume with Cover Letter indicating desired position(s) to:
HOUSE CHIEF CLERK'S OFFICE, Attn: Resume
415 South Beretania Street Room 027
Honolulu HI 96813
(NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE)
An Equal Opportunity Employer
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