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Help Wanted: Exploring a Career in Civil Service

Mon, 03/25/2024 - 09:53
East Hampton Town Hall
Christine Sampson

Have you ever considered working for town government? If so, East Hampton and Southampton Towns would like to hear from you.

There are now several unfilled positions in the town, as well as in Southampton Town. In East Hampton, job openings include an accountant (annual salary: $70,509.71), building maintenance supervisor ($79,596.61), environmental analyst ($70,509.71), and minibus driver ($52,136.86). Positions that need filling in Southampton include an accountant, environmental analyst, park attendant, and seasonal traffic control officers.

Those interested in working for East Hampton can visit the town's website,, for an updated list of available positions. Candidates interested in specific posted openings have been asked to contact the town directly.

The town works within the Suffolk County Department of Human Resources, Personnel and Civil Service system, said Kathleen Rood, the town's personnel officer, and many of its vacant positions are competitive, meaning there is an exam for the title. For competitive titles, the town is required to request a canvass list, which is created when the results of a Civil Service exam are published.

Candidates can also visit the county's Human Resources, Personnel and Civil Service website,, where they can view job descriptions and lists of scheduled exams, and apply to sign up for exams.

To apply for a Civil Service exam, candidates should fill out a Civil Service application at the abovementioned web page. The application should include educational and work experience that meet the minimum qualifications of that title and any applicable proof of eligibility, such as college transcripts. An applicant can create an online account, submit required forms, and pay the $40 fee for the exam. If the applicant is approved to take the exam, the county will send a letter with the location and date.

The Department of Human Resources, Personnel and Civil Service will publish the exam results, in descending order by grade, and the town will request and canvass this list to fill a competitive title. It may take several months for results to be published. If there is no existing list for a competitive title, or there are fewer than three willing acceptors who responded to the canvass, the town may hire a candidate who is not on an existing list but has submitted a Civil Service application and has been approved for that title.

The town's website has links to the Department of Human Resources, Personnel and Civil Service, including a current list of exams. Those interested in taking a Civil Service exam, or who are seeking general information about working for a municipality, have been asked to contact the town at [email protected] for assistance. For Southampton, the address is [email protected]



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