Merit System Services
Merit System Services
Merit System Services, administered by CPS HR Consulting for the California State Personnel Board, connects people with positions, helps with transfers and reinstatements, and assists with other human resource needs for specific county departments.
MSS connects people with career opportunities in county Departments of Social Services and Child Support Services within California.
The links below will provide you with the following:
  • Information regarding the recruitment process, including completing an application, the examination process, and certification to the eligibility list
  • Answers to common questions for current MSS-covered employees
  • Information on transfers and reinstatements within the 30 MSS Counties
Have a question? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions to find the answer.
Please click on a link below to get started.
WHAT IS MERIT SYSTEM SERVICES AND WHAT DOES IT COVER
General overview of MSS.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Click here to view current job openings, create or login to your account, and view class specifications.
MERIT SYSTEM SERVICES EMPLOYEES
Information for current MSS employees regarding types of appointments, probationary periods, reduction in force, discipline, etc.
APPLICATION PROCESS
General overview of the application process including instructions, timeframes, and tips for completing your application.
MERIT SYSTEM SERVICES COUNTIES
Map of MSS and non-MSS counties in California.
EXAMINATION PROCESS
Scheduling information, test-taking tips, what to expect at the examination, testing locations, etc.
TRANSFERS AND REINSTATEMENTS
Who is eligible for transfers and reinstatements and what rules apply?
ELIGIBLE LIST INFORMATION
General information about the eligible list and the contact and waiver form.
CHILD SUPPORT POSITIONS
Information regarding the duties performed by Child Support Specialists.
SOCIAL SERVICES POSITIONS
Information regarding the duties performed by Social Workers and Eligibility Workers. Watch a Realistic Job Preview Video.
All MSS counties are equal-opportunity employers, offering smoke-free/drug-free workplaces and solid benefits packages. Simply visit our FAQs page to find out more . . . or, go ahead and start searching career opportunities now!
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