Civil Service Information

The majority of City of New Bedford jobs are subject to civil service rules and procedures.

Labor Service

Labor positions are filled through the civil service labor registration system.  Applicants complete a labor application, get issued an identification number, and are placed on a waiting list.  Once positions become available for which applicants have applied and their identification number is reachable on the hiring list, they are notified by mail.  Qualified veterans, and widowed unmarried spouses or parents of veterans who died from a service-connected disabilityreceive civil service hiring preference.

Registration cards are provided to applicants, which document the application identification number and corresponding expiration date.  The registration card informs that applications are valid for five years and also explains the renewal process.

Additional civil service information may be obtained through the New Bedford Personnel Department, 133 William Street, Room 212, New Bedford, MA, telephone 508-979-1444, Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Official Service

These positions require civil service examinations administered by the Human Resources Division. Clerical, administrative and custodial positions are examples of official service jobs.  If no civil service exams are being offered, individuals may be hired under the provision that they register to take the respective examination when scheduled.

Additional civil service information may be obtained through the New Bedford Personnel Department, 133 William Street, Room 212, New Bedford, MA, telephone 508-979-1444, Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.  You may also contact the Human Resources Division, One Ashburton Place, Boston, MA 02108, telephone 1-800-392-6178, or visit their website www.state.ma.us/hrd.

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