30th Legislature, 2019
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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

30th Legislature - Session Employment Opportunities

The Hawaii State Senate is now accepting applications for the 2020 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.







Testimonials

Learn, work hard, make a difference.


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 most impactful work I've done.


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


Regardless of your background or interests, working for the HI State Senate would be beneficial and fulfilling for anyone. Being a part of the team has been an honor and the most valuable experience I've ever had!


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


Working here will push your limits and push you toward your strengths. You can become aware of so many new interests if you just pay attention and realize how lucky you are to work in such an environment.