Numerous jobs available in W.Va. House and Senate for 2024 Legislative Session

By Matthew Young, RealWV

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – For anyone interested in learning more about, or even a possible career in state government – or for those just looking for some extra money to help make ends meet – a legislative per diem position may be the perfect opportunity. 

Both the West Virginia Senate and House of Delegates employ numerous per diem workers. Most of these positions are administrative in nature, and require little in the way of experience. 

As stated on the W.Va. Legislature’s website, “Applicants must be able to work in a fast paced office environment, be knowledgeable with MS (Microsoft) computer programs (i.e. Word and Excel), [and] possess good telephone etiquette.” Additionally, “Applicants should have an interest in public service, [and] be willing to work the long, irregular hours common to a legislative session.”

Senate Communications Director Jacque Bland confirmed to RealWV that a high school diploma or equivalent is not a requirement for per diem employment. 

“We always need applicants every year,” Bland added, “So it’s a great time to go ahead and get those applications in.”

This was a point echoed by Sen. Jack David Woodrum, chair of the Senate Committee on Government Organization. When asked what he would tell prospective applicants, Woodrum told RealWV, “If people are interested in these positions, the sooner they apply, the better.”

“They don’t really want to wait until the (Legislative) Session starts,” Woodrum added. “It’s something that needs to be lined up, so they need to start working on it now. I would encourage applicants to go ahead and get started.”

Responsibilities for positions with both the Senate and the House of Delegates include assisting government representatives and elected officials with their constituents, scheduling duties and handling correspondence, and legislative research. Further related duties may also be required as needed.

Applications for per diem Senate positions can be found here.

Once complete, applications should be emailed along with a resume to senate.clerk@wvsenate.gov. For regular mail, send applications and resumes to:

West Virginia Senate Clerk’s Office

State Capitol, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East

Room M-211, Charleston, WV 25305

For House of Delegates per diem positions, applicants should email cover letter, resume, and three professional references to vicki.pendell@wvhouse.gov. Include “Per Diem Application” in the subject line.

For interested industry professionals, the Senate also has per diem Committee Attorney positions available for the upcoming Legislative Session. These attorneys provide legal counsel to committee chairs and members regarding potential legislation. 

According to the job posting, “Responsibilities include drafting legislation, amendments, preparing bill abstracts, meeting with interested parties, presenting bills to committees, and providing general legal counsel to the Senate.”

Additionally, per diem Committee Attorney positions require “a full-time commitment for the entire 60-day session, plus additional days prior for training, and subsequently, as available, for closing out.” Weekends and evenings may also be required. All applicants must be current, active members of the W.Va. State Bar Association. 

Qualified applicants should forward resumes to Sarah Stewart at Sarah.Stewart@wvsenate.gov.

The 60-day Legislative Regular Session begins on Jan. 10, and runs through March 9, 2024. All per diem positions last for the entirety of the Regular Session, with select positions extending through the Legislature’s monthly Interim Sessions. 

For more information, visit wvlegislature.gov. For a complete listing of available positions, visit jobs.wvlegislature.gov.

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