New York government has announced the launch of the New York Hiring for Emergency Limited Placement Statewide (NY HELPS) program. 

What is the NY HELPS program? The NY HELPS program was created to help New York State agencies fill thousands of jobs open across the state. This program streamlines the appointment process to allow State agencies to hire diverse, qualified permanent employees quickly and without examinations.   

What does this mean for you? Now is the time to join New York State public service! With the NY HELPS program, it’s easier than ever to get a job—without taking an exam. New employees hired under the NY HELPS Program will be appointed on a permanent basis

Interested? You can view NY HELPS Job Postings on StateJobs.  To narrow your search for NY HELPS jobs, click on “For the General Public”. Select “YES” in the NY HELPS field. Press submit. This will bring up all of the NY HELPS jobs that are available. Once you find the job in which you are interested and qualified, review the entire job posting. Directions to apply will be specified on each individual job posting.  View Open NY HELPS Positions

Why now? The State workforce provides crucial services to their fellow New Yorkers. Yet thousands of vacancies remain. By temporarily lifting exam requirements, this program will help fill crucial state positions and improve services for all New Yorkers. Spread the word to your friends and neighbors, and look out for a new marketing campaign promoting the benefits of fulfilling work helping the public as an employee of New York State. There has never been a better time to apply. 

More questions? Check out our NY HELPS FAQ webpage.

Construction job opportunities are available for the DePaul Mosaic Apartments project in Schenectady. This is a HUD Section 3 project with hiring priorities for low-income persons.

There will be an information / hiring session at the Mont Pleasant Library, 1036 Crane St, Schenectady, on Wednesday, May 15th from 1 until 3 PM

For more information, please contact Kelly Stringer at CHRISTA Construction at 585-695-2653 or by E-mail.

Job opportunities in siding, masonry, storefront, fire protection, metals, cabinets and countertops, folding and tile, landscaping, and fencing.

Whatever your task, work heartily, as serving the Lord and not men,  knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you are serving the Lord Christ.

Colossians 3:23-24

Come join us at 10am on Labor Day, September 7th for a Holy Mass offered for the intention of all workers, organized labor, and worker justice. We have masks and hand sanitizer available if you forget yours.

Holy Name of Jesus, 1040 Pearl St. Schenectady.

Castle Island Bilingual Montessori, an independent school in Downtown Albany, is seeking an English/Spanish Bilingual Administrative Assistant, $15/hr, 20hr/wk, start date 10/1/19. Castle Island is a nonprofit independent school in Downtown Albany offing a unique educational program immersed in English and Spanish in a Montessori learning environment. Children at our school are from areas throughout the region and their families pay tuition on a sliding-scaled based on annual household income. Classrooms are mixed-aged and the lessons are presented by the teachers to the children one-on-one with hands on materials. Children are spoken to with respect and are guided to work at their own pace. The Bilingual Administrative Assistant has duties to include: greeting students, parents, and visitors to the school; answering the phone; organizing office files; maintaining billing records; and other tasks assigned by the school director.  Hours are M-F 1:30-5:30pm, Wages $15/hour. Qualifications include being fluent in English/Spanish; Associates degree or higher in bookkeeping/office management preferred. Please email resume & 3 professional references to Diane M. Nickerson, School Director by Wednesday, September 25, 2019.

Castle Island also has an open job position for an After Care Teacher, $12/hr, 12.5hr/wk, start date ASAP. Contract through 2019-2020 school year calendar. Duties include following the lead of the after care coordinator to monitor children ages 3-9 with activities including: eating snacks, outdoor play, indoor play, clean-up, circle-time with a story or song. Hours are M-F 3-5:30PM, Wages $12/hour. Qualifications include an Associates Degree or higher in education. Experience in childcare or education of 2+ years. Please email resume & 3 educational or professional references to Diane M. Nickerson, School Director.

Outreach and Training Coordinator with the Northeast New York Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (NENYCOSH). NENYCOSH is a non-profit organization that provides valuable programs for workers and employers aimed at reducing workplace injuries, illnesses, and deaths. We do this by providing training and technical assistance on a wide range of occupational health and safety topics. Salary: $30,000 – $40,000 / year, commensurate with experience. The ideal individual would possess the following skills: Demonstrated interest in social justice issues including, but not limited to, workers rights, immigrants’ rights, and environmental/occupational health, Organized and able to manage their time effectively, Able to work collaboratively, Excellent interpersonal communication skills, Excellent writing skills, and Highly motivated. Responsibilities include: Conducting outreach to local organizations, non-profits, and unions to collaborate in offering workplace health and safety trainings to populations of vulnerable workers. Coordinating various aspects of the trainings, including scheduling training, securing space for the trainings, and communicating with the host organization to schedule trainings. Conducting evaluation of trainings with community partners and participants. Attending community meetings, events, and other meetings as necessary to conduct outreach and schedule trainings. Assist Director with development of curriculum and other training materials, delivering 2-3hr trainings to various community groups and organizations. Qualifications: ·      Bachelor’s Degree preferred. Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience working with low-wage workers, immigrant/refugee, youth, homeless populations, or other groups of vulnerable workers. Experience in making presentations and facilitating workshops. Ability to speak Spanish or another language representative of our worker population is preferred. Job Details: This is currently a full-time position – 35 hours per week. However, candidates who prefer part-time work will be considered. This position includes paid sick leave and vacation time. Position does not include health care insurance nor a paid pension. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references by E-mail. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


A bountiful rain You showered down, O God, upon Your inheritance; You restored the land when it languished; Your flock settled in it; in Your goodness, O God, You provided it for the needy.

Welcome and happy Labor Day weekend! This weekend offers us an excellent opportunity to focus on God’s provision and what we, as Christians, and as a nation, do with His provision.

Our verse of focus is taken from Psalm 68. Biblical scholars, those who slice and dice original language, verse structure, the paradigms that existed at the time something was written have often opined that Psalm 68 is one of the most difficult Psalms to understand. Yet to us, the ordinary reader, the Psalm seems pretty straightforward.

The Psalm begins with a prayer for God to arise, and recounts what happens to God’s enemies and to His favored righteous. As a result of God’s action, the righteous rejoice, they sing praises. God defends and provides, no one is lonely or a prisoner.

The Psalmist recounts God’s saving history. He praises God again saying: Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, Who daily bears our burdens. He calls on God again to save, to rescue. Confident in God’s rescue and provision, he again calls the people to praise.

We can imagine historians and scholars looking at the paradigm of our times 3,064 years from now. They would say that our times are the most difficult to understand. Yet the ordinary reader would say, it is not difficult to see what was going on. A nation of success and riches failed to provide avenues of advancement for its workers. Wages were stolen by the rich, justice was not done through a fair and equitable distribution of the wealth of a nation. The people cried out, suffered, but were not heard by their brothers and sisters. Those who traveled from afar, seeking refuge were turned away.

On this Labor Day weekend let us begin. Ask the Lord to arise again to scatter and defeat those who work to thwart justice. Let us pray that this Labor Day will mark the rising of the Christian people who have a God of power and might. May our words and work be a bountiful rain. Let us restore the landfrom its languish. Following God, we “will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.

Attention students home from college or on summer break from high school students – Jobs Available.

Park Attendants – There are eight (8) openings for seasonal Park Attendants in the City of Schenectady. The hourly salary is $10.70. Click here for an application and full details.

Applicants must become City of Schenectady residents and maintain residency throughout employment. All interested parties should submit completed City of Schenectady Applications or resumes to:

Tiffany White
Personnel & Benefits Administrator
City Hall, Room 105
Schenectady NY 12305

Resumes can also be E-mailed

Completed applications/resumes need to be received in the Personnel & Benefits Administrator’s Office (City Hall, Room 105) by 4 PM on July 5, 2018.