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NOTICE OF EXAMINATION - Open-Competitive exam for: Custodian

Posted On: 
January 25, 2022

About this position.

  • Position: 
  • Salary: 
    Greater Amsterdam School District $32,196 City of Amsterdam $21.82
  • Department: 
    Education - G.A.S.D.


TheAmsterdam Civil Service Commission announces the Open-Competitiveexam for:


Open –Competitive exam #20221                                       GreaterAmsterdam School District &

                                                                                               Cityof Amsterdam

Date of Examination:                                    April 2, 2022

Last Filing Date:                                           March 1, 2022

**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 $32,196 City of Amsterdam $21.82


           GreaterAmsterdam School District:  None but preferencemay be given to Greater Amsterdam School District Residents. To meet thepreference, a candidate must have been legal resident of the Amsterdam SchoolDistrict for a period of at least one (1) month immediately preceding the dateof 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.

Minimum Qualifications:        Graduationfrom high school or possession of a school equivalency diploma.


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: These questions test your knowledge of basic proper safety and healthpractices in areas of cleaning, building operation and maintenance and otherareas relevant to custodians and janitors at the entrance level.  You are presented with drawings showingsituations of 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 to takethe written test.  If candidates have notreceived a notice to appear for the written test three (3) days prior to theexam date, they should call our office at (518)841-4341.

Do notinterpret a notice to appear for, or actual participation in, the examinationas an indication that you fully meet the announced requirements. Depending onthe time available before an examination, applicants may be admitted on thebasis of statements made on the application or conditionally admitted withoutprior review of the application. Under these circumstances, candidates notmeeting the requirements will be disqualified and notified of suchdisqualification. Candidates subsequently disqualified after taking the testwill not be notified of their score.



Application Fees:      A $10.00 non-refundable application fee isrequired 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 23.2Statement:        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’s Credit:                  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 of Address:  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, orreceiving Supplemental Security Income Payments, or Public Assistance(Temporary Assistance for Needy Families/ Family Assistance or Safety NetAssistance) or are certified Job Training Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act eligible through aState or Local Social Service Agency. All claims for application fee waiver are subject to verification.  If you can verify eligibility for applicationfee waiver, complete a “Request for Application Fee Waiver and Certification”form and submit it with your application by the close of business on theapplication deadline as listed on the examination announcement.


Children of Firefightersand Police Officers killed in the line of duty:   In conformance with section 85-a of the CivilService Law, children of firefighters and police officers killed in the line ofduty shall be entitled to receive an additional ten points in a competitiveexamination for original appointment in the same municipality in which his orher parent has served.  If you arequalified to participate in this examination and are a child of a firefighteror police officer killed in the line of duty in this municipality, pleaseinform 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




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How do I apply?

You can apply for this job by either contacting the person below or downloading the application (if available).

  • Contact: 
    Jen Iannotti
  • Phone: 
    (518) 841-4341 or
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