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Employment Opportunities with the 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 sclerk2@capitol.hawaii.gov

31st Legislature - Session Employment Opportunities

The Hawaii State Senate is now accepting applications for the 2022 legislative session.

If you are interested in serving your community, learning more about the legislative process, and working in a dynamic environment, please consider applying for a temporary position with the Senate for the upcoming legislative session. Examples of positions we are recruiting for are listed on the right side of this page under Current Openings. The positions are temporary (4-6 month) jobs with start dates in December 2021 or January 2022. Click on the position title for more information. The specific position duties and requirements may vary depending on the office, and additional details will be provided if you are contacted for an interview.

To apply, please email cover letter (with Ref#) and résumé to: sclerk2@capitol.hawaii.gov

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).

Do I need to be vaccinated for COVID-19 to work at the Senate?

Effective September 1, 2021, all members and employees of the Senate are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

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.


Session employees are exposed to a wealth of information that shape our state policies. No course of study can replace that invaluable first-hand experience.

I learned so much about the inner workings of Hawaii state government from working as a legislative assistant. It's great to be a part of the process and not just an outside grumbler. You see how hard the legislators work to balance all the different interests. It's hard to make a law and is a huge collaborative effort.

The experience provides great insights into how process, policy, and politics intersect – you don’t get that in law school.

I feel much more empowered and responsible. It was a pleasure to follow the legislative process and learn how change happens (or doesn’t). I look forward to sharing what I learned with my community.

Working at the Hawaii State Legislature made my previous coursework pertaining to government and Hawaii history come to life!

I was able to meet many legislators and put a face, personality and a story on the names that come across the news headlines…working at the Capitol has shown me how a group of people with differing agendas can come together to make the best of the limited session time for the good of the people of Hawaii …The skills and relationships I’ve gathered here will invariably be of significant benefit in the future.