How to Take a Civil Service Exam
The New York State Constitution states that public employees must be hired for jobs on the basis of merit and fitness. The constitution also says that, for most jobs, merit and fitness must be measured by examination.Click here
for information from the New York State Department of Civil Service on how to take a Civil Service written test.
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Click the link below for exam and application information. Exam application deadline is Monday, July 25, 2016
Below is a list of all current exams within Schenectady County. For all exams, please see the General Conditions
. At this time, applications are not accepted via the internet. Please follow the application guidelines.
Click here for a Civil Service Exam Application
.Please note, not all exams listed below are for the County of Schenectady. Each exam announcement will identify the jurisdiction the exam is for. Open Competitive Exams
Instructions on Applying for a Position and Registering for an Exam
1) Download the Civil Service Exam Announcement for the position you are applying for.
2) Read through the general conditions and instructions for registering for an exam. This can be found by clicking this link.
3) Once you have completed steps 1 and 2, download the Civil Service Exam Application. This is a fillable pdf, so you can either type the information on your computer or print the application and fill it in with a pen. Click this link for the Exam Application.
a. If you wish to apply for an exam fee waiver, please read the qualifications in the general conditions and then complete the fee waiver application.
b. IF you wish to apply for veteran credits, please read the qualifications in the general conditions and then complete the veteran credit application.
4) Once you have completed your application, and filled out any accompanying forms (either the fee waiver or veteran credit form), mail your application along with a $15.00 check payable to the Schenectady County Civil Service Commission. THIS MUST BE A CERTIFIED CHECK OR MONEY ORDER. Personal checks and cash will NOT be accepted.
Mailing Address and Contact Information:
Schenectady County Department of Human Resources and Civil Service
Schenectady County Office Building
620 State Street, 2nd Floor
Schenectady, NY 12305
Phone Number: 518-388-4233
Competitive Class Positions
The competitive class of civil service consists of positions for which it is practicable to determine the merit and fitness of applicants by competitive examinations. These examinations are either open competitive, that is, open to all applicants meeting the minimum qualifications for the position; or, promotional, for those individuals already serving in a lower position within the same jurisdiction as the existing vacancy.
||Provisional appointments may be made to positions in the competitive class if no list of eligible candidates exists. All provisional appointees are subject to passing a competitive examination and be reachable on any list established as a result of such an examination.|
||Continuous recruitment positions can be applied for at any time, and the eligible list will be used to fill vacancies as they occur. The personnel officer of Schenectady County reserves the right to terminate continuous recruitment and re-establish a periodic, announced-date type of examination.|