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NOTICE OF EXAMINATION The Amsterdam Civil Service Commission announces the Open-Competitive exam for: Custodian

September 14, 2020


TheAmsterdam Civil Service Commission announces the Open-Competitiveexam for:


Open–Competitive exam # 20205                                       GreaterAmsterdam School District &

                                                                                               Cityof Amsterdam

Date of Examination:                                    November 7,2020

Last Filing Date:                                            October 13, 2020

**Sincerefunds are not given, please read this announcement entirely before fillingyour application.

Acopy of your Driver’s License must be attached to your application forapproval.

Vacancies:      This list will be used for any anticipatedvacancies in the Greater Amsterdam School District and the City of Amsterdam.

Salaries:                      Greater Amsterdam School District $31,564 City of Amsterdam $21.82

Resident Requirements:

           GreaterAmsterdam School District:  None butpreference may be given to Greater Amsterdam School District Residents. To meetthe preference, a candidate must have been legal resident of the AmsterdamSchool District for a period of at least one (1) month immediately precedingthe date of the written test.

           Cityof Amsterdam:                None butpreference may be given to City of Amsterdam Residents.  To meet the preference, a candidate must havebeen legal resident of the City of Amsterdam for a period of at least one (1)month immediately preceding the date of the written test.

DistinguishingFeatures of the Class:          Thisis routine and repetitive manual work calling for the efficient and economicalperformance of building cleaning and occasional minor maintenance tasks.  Cleaning tasks are performed according to awell-established procedure, and maintenance tasks are performed under directsupervision or according to specific instructions.  Supervision is received from a seniorcustodian or other superior.  Supervisionover the work of others is not a responsibility of employees in this class.

Subjectof Examination:

1.     CleaningTools and their uses:  These questionstest your knowledge of various cleaning tools and equipment commonly used byjanitors and custodians on the job.  Youare shown drawings of various tools and equipment.  You will be required to recognize the toolsand know their proper uses in order to answer the questions correctly.

2.     Toolsused for minor maintenance and repair: These questions test your knowledge of various tools and equipment.  You are shown drawings of tools and equipmentused in minor mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and carpentry repair.  You will be required to recognize the toolsand know their proper uses in order to answer the questions correctly.

3.     Healthand Safety issues in custodial work:  Thesequestions test your knowledge of basic proper safety and health practices inareas of cleaning, building operation and maintenance and other areas relevantto custodians and janitors at the entrance level.  You are presented with drawings showing situationsof health and safety, which can be found in the work area.  You are required to recognize any unhealthy,unsafe, or otherwise hazardous conditions and know how to correct them in orderto answer the questions.


Aguide to the written test for the Custodial series is available at the New YorkState Department of Civil Service web site:  Candidates not having access to a computer orthe internet may request a copy of this test guide from Amsterdam Civil Serviceat (518)841-4341.








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.


ApplicationFees:       A $10.00 non-refundable application feeis required for each separately numbered examination for which you apply.  The required fee must accompany your application.  Send a check or money order payable to Cityof Amsterdam.  Write the examinationnumber(s) and the applicant’s name on the check or money order.  DO NOTSEND CASH.  If your application isdisapproved, the fee will not be refunded. You should carefully review the announced minimum qualifications and anyresidence requirements and apply only for those examinations for which youclearly 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 23.2Statement:         This examination will be prepared andrated in accordance with Section 23.2 of the Civil Service Law.  The provisions of New York State Civil ServiceLaw, 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 aState examination center.  You will beadvised by 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 an 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 ahousehold.  In addition, a waiver ofapplication fee will be allowed if you determined eligible for Medicaid, or receivingSupplemental Security Income Payments, or Public Assistance (TemporaryAssistance for Needy Families/ Family Assistance or Safety Net Assistance) orare certified Job Training Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act eligible through a State or Local Social ServiceAgency.  All claims for application feewaiver are subject to verification.  Ifyou can verify eligibility for application fee waiver, complete a “Request forApplication Fee Waiver and Certification” form and submit it with your applicationby the close of business on the application deadline as listed on theexamination 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

                                                                       JohnMancini, Commissioner

                                                                       LynnKot, Commissioner