The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) champions diversity, equity, and inclusion. We foster a diverse workplace by prioritizing continuous education to enhance awareness, understanding, and skills. Our commitment includes actively recruiting and retaining a high-performance team that reflects the rich diversity of our state.

Why Work for HCD?

In addition to the generous benefits offered by the State of California, HCD is committed to cultivating a safe and inclusive environment. We actively support a harmonious balance between productivity and well-being, striving to prevent burnout.

Explore the benefits that make HCD an employer of choice for both newcomers starting their state career and current state workers considering long-term career goals.

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Career Development & Advancement

Explore numerous career development opportunities at HCD, where your professional growth is not just encouraged but prioritized for long-term success and advancement.

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Telework Opportunities

Discover the flexibility of hybrid-telework at HCD, empowering you to achieve a harmonious work-life balance while contributing to our mission from the office and/or the comfort of your own space.

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Diverse Workforce

Enrich your career experience in a diverse and inclusive workplace that values unique skills and contributions from individuals of all backgrounds, including veterans and people with disabilities.


Veterans' Preference is an assistance program to military veterans seeking state employment, allowing preference in certain qualifying examinations. Eligible veterans, widows or widowers, and spouses of 100 percent disabled veterans who pass an entrance examination are ranked at the top of the eligibility list. This preference is applicable to open competitive examinations and ceases once an individual achieves permanent civil service status. 

Learn more about veterans' preference eligibility and how to apply.

The Limited Examination and Appointment Program (LEAP) is an alternative pathway to state civil service for people with disabilities. As an alternative to the traditional testing process,​ it allows applicants with disabilities to demonstrate competency through on-the-job testing known as the Job Examination Period (JEP). Candidates will need to be LEAP-certified by the Department of Rehabilitation prior to taking a LEAP exam.

Think you need a college degree to work for the State of California? Think again! There are plenty of state careers that don’t require a college degree. HCD is a diverse organization that looks for individuals with a variety of backgrounds and experience. 

You can access more information on which careers do not require a college degree and then check out HCD career opportunities and find a job that fits your skills and experience:

HCD works with University Enterprise Inc. (UEI), a dynamic, professional, student-focused non-profit Intern Network that offers part-time paid student internships in a real-world setting.  This program is open to Sac State students and students attending affiliated colleges.

If you’re a college student interested in working with HCD, to gain experience working in your desired field of study, please visit the CSUS University Enterprises, Inc. (UEI) Job Portal and filter by “Housing & Community Development” to see all available job opportunities available at HCD.


Qualifications required for working as a Student Assistant:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Enrolled and attending classes during the regular term (fall, spring, and winter, if applicable), at any qualifying institution of higher education, with a minimum of six (6) semester units or nine (9) quarter units for undergraduate students; four (4) semester units or six (6) quarter units for graduate students.