The Hiring Process
Careers at the California Energy Commission

Obtaining employment with the California Energy Commission involves a competitive testing and application process. We grouped the process in three steps.

Step 1: The Examination Process

If you're new to employment with the State of California, you must pass an open examination before applying for job openings. Follow these steps below to complete the examination process.

  1. Search for an Examination - You may only apply for examinations designated as "open" if you're new to State employment. However, if you are a veteran you may apply for both open and Promotional exams.

  2. Apply for an Examination - Review the examination bulletin and determine if you meet all the criteria identified in the minimum qualifications of the examination bulletin. Once you've determined you meet the stated criteria, apply for the examination by completing the Standard State Application (STD 678). Refer to the examination bulletin to determine the preferred method of applying for the exam.

  3. Prepare for the Examination - The examination bulletin indicates the type of test that will be administered for the exam. This may include structured interview questions, presentation, oral report, role-playing exercises, in-basket activity, supplemental application, training and experience questionnaires or preparation of written materials. Review the "Examination Information" section on the examination bulletin to find what type of test will be used and how the test will be scored. Read the "Examination Scope" section on the examination bulletin to determine what knowledge, skills, and abilities may be tested.

  4. After the Examination - Successful exam candidates are placed on an employment list and can start applying for job openings in the classification for which they have tested. State eligible lists are divided into ranks by score. Only candidates in the top three ranks are immediately eligible for appointment. Use the Eligible List Disclosure tool to monitor your list eligibility.


Step 2: The Job Opening Process

Apply for a Job Opening - Once you're on an employment list, you may start receiving contact letters from departments recruiting for classifications you tested in. You can browse current Job Openings and apply for them by submitting a Standard State Application (STD 678) to the contact person listed in the Job Opportunity Bulletin. After you apply for a job, you may be offered an interview. Interviews are designed to identify the best candidate for that specific job opening. You should always refer to the job opening announcement to determine the State agency's preferred method of applying for any job opening.


Step 3: The Probation Period Process

The Probation Period is the last step in the hiring process. After you have been hired, you will serve a probationary period of six months to one year depending on your classification. When you successfully complete your probation, you become a permanent State employee.

For additional information about the examination and hiring process, visit the following areas of the California Department of Human Resources (CALHR) website:


Retirement and Health Benefits

The California Energy Commission provides a variety of retirement and health benefit programs and services. Below is a list of the current benefits.

For details, click on each item or go to: California Department of Human Assistance


If you have questions about Energy Commission job opportunities please call the Personnel Office at:
Phone: 916-654-4309
TDD: 1-800-735-2929

For questions about examinations please call the Examination Office at (916) 653-6532.

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