Coronavirus (COVID-19): What we’re doing to prioritize your health. Learn More ➝
No alerts found.

Civil Service Exam - Senior Custodian

September 23, 2021

Noticeof Examination

The Amsterdam Civil Service Commission announcesthe Open-Competitive exam for:


Open Competitive Exam #64-729                                        GreaterAmsterdam School District

                                   Date of Examination:                        December 11, 2021

                                   Last FilingDate:                                November 3, 2021


Thislist will be used for any openings at the Greater Amsterdam School District.


Salary:            $34,159.00



Twoyears of building, cleaning or maintenance experience; or any equivalentcombination of training and experience.


GeneralStatement of Duties:

Hascharge of building cleaning, operation and minor maintenance activities in aschool building; does related work as required.


Subject ofExamination:


A written test designed to evaluateknowledge, skills and /or abilities in the following areas:

1. Ability to read and followwritten instructions

These questions test for the abilityto read, understand and apply written instructions for performing tasks similarto those encountered on the job. All the information needed to answer thesequestions will be provided in the test booklet.

2. Building cleaning

These questions test for knowledgeof basic principles and practices of building cleaning. They cover such areasas equipment, tools, supplies, methods and procedures for cleaning differenttypes of surfaces and materials under various, commonly occurringcircumstances.

3. Building operation andmaintenance I

These questions test for knowledgeof the basic principles, practices and techniques essential to the correctoperation and maintenance of public buildings. They cover such areas asbuilding maintenance; preventive maintenance, and minor repair of electricaland plumbing systems; methods and equipment for snow removal; building safetyand equipment storage.


4. Operation and routine maintenanceof heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems

These questions test for knowledgeof basic principles, practices and techniques essential to the correctoperation and maintenance of heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems,including such areas as minor cleaning; room temperature and buildingventilation control; steam, hot water and hot air heating systems; boileroperation; troubleshooting air conditioning system problems, and propermaintenance of air conditioning systems.

5. Supervision and training

These questions test for theknowledge required by a supervisor to set goals, plan and organize work, trainworkers in how to do their jobs, and direct workers towards meeting establishedgoals. The supervisory questions cover such areas as assigning and reviewingwork, evaluating performance, maintaining work quality, motivating employees,increasing efficiency, and dealing with problems that may arise on the job. Thetraining questions cover such areas as determining the necessity for training,selecting appropriate training methods, and evaluating the effectiveness oftraining.

A Guide for the Written Test for High-levelCustodians/Janitors is available at the New York . Candidates not having access toa computer or the internet may request copy of the test guide from themunicipal civil service office conducting this examination using the contactinformation found elsewhere on this announcement.



Pointswill be added to the scores of every passing candidate as follows:

           1 year up to 6years………………………………………………………     1 point

           Over 6 years up to 11years………………………………………….           2 points

           Over 11 years up to 16years………………………………………..            3 points

           Over 16 years up to 21years………………………………………..            4 points

           Over 21 years up to 26years………………………………………..            5 points












Application:   Applications may be obtained at the CivilService Office in Amsterdam City Hall or by sending a stamped self-addressedlegal envelope to:

           Amsterdam Civil Service Commission,City Hall 61 Church St. Amsterdam NY 12010

Applicationsreceived post-marked after the filing date deadline will not be accepted. The applicant should make sure every question on the application isanswered and that the application is complete in all respects.  All statements made by candidates in theirapplication are subject to verification. This department does not acknowledge receipt of the applications.  Candidates will be notified of thedisposition of their application. Candidates will be notified by letter, of when and where to appear totake the written test.  If candidateshave not received a notice to appear for the written test three (3) days priorto the exam date, they should call our office at (518)841-4341.

Do not interpret a noticeto appear for, or actual participation in, the examination as an indicationthat you fully meet the announced requirements. Depending on the time availablebefore an examination, applicants may be admitted on the basis of statementsmade on the application or conditionally admitted without prior review of theapplication. Under these circumstances, candidates not meeting the requirementswill be disqualified and notified of such disqualification. Candidatessubsequently disqualified after taking the test will not be notified of theirscore.


ApplicationFees:       A $15.00 non-refundable application feeis required for each separately numbered examination for which you apply.  The required fee must accompany yourapplication.  Send a check or money orderpayable to City of Amsterdam.  Write theexamination number(s) and the applicant’s name on the check or moneyorder.  DO NOT SEND CASH.  If yourapplication is disapproved, the fee will not be refunded.  You should carefully review the announcedminimum qualifications and any residence requirements and apply only for thoseexaminations for which you clearly qualify.


ReligiousObserver/Disabled Candidates/Military Members:       Applicants whose religious beliefs ormilitary service prevent their taking examinations on the scheduled date anddisabled candidates who require special accommodations to take the test shouldindicate the need for special arrangements. Military Service Members: If you apply for an examination during thefiling period but are on active military duty on the date of examination isscheduled, you may request a military makeup examination.  Contact Amsterdam Civil Service for moreinformation.  If you are on active dutyor discharged after the filing period has begun, you may apply for theexamination up to ten days before the test date.


Section 23.2 Statement:         This examination will be prepared andrated in accordance with Section 23.2 of the Civil Service Law.  The provisions of New York State CivilService Law, rules and regulations dealing with the preparation and rating ofexaminations will apply to this examination.


Multiple ExamTakers:         If you have applied for both State andlocal government examinations, you must notify Amsterdam Civil Service of yourintent to take both a State and a local government examination.  When taking both a State and a localgovernment examination you will be required to take all your examinations at a stateexamination center.  You will be advisedby letter when and where to report for your examination.

Ifyou have applied for other local examinations examination, call or write toeach Civil Service Agency to make arrangements no later than two weeks beforethe date of examination, as to which test site you will be taking theexamination.


Veteran’sCredit:                  Veterans or disabled veteranswho are eligible for additional credit must submit an application for veteran’scredit with their application for examination or at any time between the datesof their application for examination and the date of establishment of theresulting eligible list. Applications for veteran’s credit are available fromthis office.  Veteran’s credits can only be added to a passing score on theexamination.


EffectiveJanuary 1, 1998, the State Constitution was amended to permit a candidatecurrently in the armed forces to apply for and be conditionally grantedveteran’s credit in examinations.  Anycandidate who applies for such credit must provide proof of military status toreceive the conditional credit.  No credit may be granted after theestablishment of the list.  It is theresponsibility of the candidate to provide appropriate documentary proofindicating the service was in time of war, as defined in Section 85 of CivilService Law, and that the candidate received in honorable discharge or wasreleased under honorable conditions in order to be certified at a scoreincluding veteran’s credits.


Change ofAddress:  It is the responsibility of the candidate tonotify the Amsterdam Civil Service of any change in name or address for theduration of the eligible list.  Noattempt will be made to locate candidates who have moved.


Ifany emergency prevents you from appearing for the examination, please notifythis office (518)841-4341 no later than 9:00AM on the Monday following the testdate, (Tuesday if Monday is a legal holiday) providing verifiable documentationof the reason.  A determination will bemade as to if you will be scheduled for an alternate test date.


Application FeeWaiver:       A waiver of application fee will beallowed if you are unemployed and primarily responsible for the support of a household.  In addition, a waiver of application fee willbe allowed if you determined eligible for Medicaid, or receiving SupplementalSecurity Income Payments, or Public Assistance (Temporary Assistance for NeedyFamilies/ Family Assistance or Safety Net Assistance) or are certified JobTraining Partnership Act/Workforce InvestmentAct eligible through a State or Local Social Service Agency.  All claims for application fee waiver aresubject to verification.  If you canverify eligibility for application fee waiver, complete a “Request forApplication Fee Waiver and Certification” form and submit it with yourapplication by the close of business on the application deadline as listed onthe examination announcement.








Children ofFirefighters and Police Officers killed in the line of duty:    In conformance with section 85-a of theCivil Service Law, children of firefighters and police officers killed in theline of duty shall be entitled to receive an additional ten points in acompetitive examination for original appointment in the same municipality inwhich his or her parent has served.  Ifyou are qualified to participate in this examination and are a child of afirefighter or police officer killed in the line of duty in this municipality,please inform this office of this matter when you submit your application forexamination.  A candidate claiming suchcredit has a minimum of two months from the application deadline to provide thenecessary documentation to verify additional credit eligibility.  However, no credit may be added after theeligible list has been established.










City of Amsterdam/An Equal Opportunity Employer


Civil ServiceCommission:                            GaryMcNeil, Chairman

                                                                       MaryAnne Semkiw, Commissioner

                                                                       LynnKot, Commissioner



Page 5 of 5