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Clerical (Temp to Perm) Opportunities

Take the first step to a permanent career!

The commonwealth’s Agency Temporary Services (ATS) office provides temporary staffing services to state agencies located in the Harrisburg area.  ATS employees enjoy full time work through a series of temporary assignments, usually with little or no down time between assignments.  Employees also enjoy competitive wages with regularly scheduled pay raises.  The hourly rate for a Limited Term Clerk Typist is $9.25 and for Limited Term Clerk is $8.77.

Applicants should possess excellent typing, data entry and customer service skills. 

Thousands of people have taken advantage of this opportunity to get their “foot in the door” and have successfully moved on to permanent positions eligible for medical coverage, paid vacation, sick leave and holidays! 

How to apply

Testing for Clerk and Typist candidates is conducted at the Civil Service Commission on an as-needed basis.  Check the testing schedule for current dates and times.  You must complete a Civil Service application and pass a test.

Please note: YOU MUST REGISTER FOR YOUR EXAM. Walk-in testing is not available.

Typists must pass a typing test with a minimum speed of 40 words per minute with deductions for errors.  Following the test, applicants will be asked to complete pre-employment paperwork that will take approximately 30 minutes. Please be prepared to provide the following:

  • The name, address and approximate date of employment for your last three employers 
  • A current, valid photo ID with signature

To register for your exam

  1. Go to
  2. Select ‘Job Seekers’
  3. Select ‘Clerical’
  4. Look for the ‘Limited-Term Clerk’ and ‘Limited-Term Clerk Typist’ job announcements under the ‘Clerical’ heading'

For more information or to request a testing accommodation due to a disability, contact:

Bureau of State Employment

State Civil Service Commission



This Web site is managed by the Bureau of State Employment to fill non-civil service positions.
To apply for civil service positions, visit the State Civil Service Commission's Web site.

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