I submitted my application a month ago but have not heard from anyone. What should I do?
Applications are kept on file for six months. If a position opens for which you meet all of the qualifications, a representative from that department will contact you for an interview. Please feel free to visit the Job Opportunities page for the current list of vacancies.
I am interested in Law Enforcement. How can I apply to become a Corrections Officer or Sheriff's Officer?
In order to be considered for employment in an entry-level law enforcement position, candidates must pass a written exam called the Law Enforcement Examination (LEE). Those who pass will remain in the eligible pool for two years. The pool of eligible candidates that result from the LEE will be used to fill positions for law enforcement titles in all Civil Service jurisdictions - including Mercer County Corrections and Sheriff's. Please visit the Civil Service Commission website for additional information, including future test dates: http://www.state.nj.us/csc/seekers/jobs/safety/
I'm interested in working for the County. Where can I pick up an application?
You may pick up an application in the Office of Personnel located in the McDade Administration Building at 640 South Broad Street, Trenton, NJ 08650. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Applications for employment are also available, here.
What about the State positions? How will I know when the State announces a test that I might want to take since I am having trouble getting through to the right office at the Civil Service Commission?
I would like to review various County policies and health benefits. Does the County have an employee handbook?
Yes. You may pick up a copy of the Employee Handbook in the Personnel Office during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm. Copies of the handbook will be made available online in the near future.
Does the County offer a training and tuition reimbursement program?
Yes. The Mercer County Staff Development program is designed to provide financial assistance to County employees seeking educational (including vocational education) opportunities. Additionally, this program is aimed at encouraging County employees to enhance their job performance to the County through attendance at professional conferences, training workshops and/or seminars. This assistance is provided in three (3) ways: (1) Tuition Reimbursement, (2) Conference and (3) Training/Seminars. For additional information regarding the Staff Development Program, please contact our office at (609) 989-6636.
Is an employee required to produce a doctor's note after being absent due to illness for more than five working days even when that employee has a significant sick leave balance?
Yes. According the County's Medical Leave Policy, employees who are absent for five consecutive work days are required to have their primary care physician complete the Certification of Health Care Provider (WH-380-E). They must also have their primary care physician complete the Return-to-Work Certification stating that they are able to return to work full-duty and without restrictions. Lastly, employees must be cleared by the County Physician prior to returning to work. Please contact our office at (609) 989-6763 with any questions regarding the County's Medical Leave Policy.
What type of pre-employment tests must a prospective employee take when being offered a position with the County?
The minimum pre-employment tests required include a physical examination and drug test. Certain positions (ie Correction Officer) require more thorough background investigations and psychological evaluations.