Notice of Examination
The Amsterdam Civil Service Commission announces the Promotional exam for:
Promotional Exam #74-590 Greater Amsterdam School District
Date of Examination: March 14, 2020
Last Filing Date: February 5, 2020
This list will be used for any openings at the Greater Amsterdam School District.
One year of permanent service as Custodian at the Greater Amsterdam School District.
General Statement of Duties:
Has charge of building cleaning, operation and minor maintenance activities in a school building; does related work as required.
Subject of Examination:
A written test designed to evaluate knowledge, skills and /or abilities in the following areas:
1. Ability to read and follow written instructions
These questions test for the ability to read, understand and apply written instructions for performing tasks similar to those encountered on the job. All the information needed to answer these questions will be provided in the test booklet.
2. Building cleaning
These questions test for knowledge of basic principles and practices of building cleaning. They cover such areas as equipment, tools, supplies, methods and procedures for cleaning different types of surfaces and materials under various, commonly occurring circumstances.
3. Building operation and maintenance I
These questions test for knowledge of the basic principles, practices and techniques essential to the correct operation and maintenance of public buildings. They cover such areas as building maintenance; preventive maintenance, and minor repair of electrical and plumbing systems; methods and equipment for snow removal; building safety and equipment storage.
4. Operation and routine maintenance of heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems
These questions test for knowledge of basic principles, practices and techniques essential to the correct operation and maintenance of heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems,including such areas as minor cleaning; room temperature and building ventilation control; steam, hot water and hot air heating systems; boiler operation; troubleshooting air conditioning system problems, and proper maintenance of air conditioning systems.
5. Supervision and training
These questions test for the knowledge required by a supervisor to set goals, plan and organize work, train workers in how to do their jobs, and direct workers towards meeting established goals. The supervisory questions cover such areas as assigning and reviewing work, evaluating performance, maintaining work quality, motivating employees,increasing efficiency, and dealing with problems that may arise on the job. The training questions cover such areas as determining the necessity for training,selecting appropriate training methods, and evaluating the effectiveness of training.
A Guide for the Written Test for High-level Custodians/Janitors is available at the New York Statewebsite:www.cs.ny.gov/testing/testguides.cfm . Candidates not having access to a computer or the internet may request copy of the test guide from the municipal civil service office conducting this examination using the contact information found elsewhere on this announcement.
Points will be added to the scores of every passing candidate as follows:
1 year up to 6 years……………………………………………………… 1 point
Over 6 years up to 11 years…………………………………………. 2 points
Over 11 years up to 16 years……………………………………….. 3 points
Over 16 years up to 21 years……………………………………….. 4 points
Over 21 years up to 26 years……………………………………….. 5 points
Application: Applications may be obtained at the Civil Service Office in Amsterdam City Hall or by sending a stamped self-addressed legal envelope to:
Amsterdam Civil Service Commission, City Hall 61 Church St. Amsterdam NY 12010
Applications received post-marked after the filing date deadline will not be accepted. The applicant should make sure every question on the application is answered and that theapplication is complete in all respects. All statements made by candidates in their application are subject to verification. This department does not acknowledge receipt of the applications. Candidates will be notified of the disposition of their application. Candidates will be notified by letter, of when and where to appear to take the written test. If candidates have not received a notice toapear for the written test three (3) days prior to the exam date, they should call our office at
Application Fees: A $15.00non-refundable application fee is required for each separately numberedexamination for which you apply. Therequired fee must accompany your application. Send a check or money order payable to City of Amsterdam. Write the examination number(s) and theapplicant’s name on the check or money order. DO NOT SEND CASH. If your application is disapproved, the feewill not be refunded. You shouldcarefully review the announced minimum qualifications and any residencerequirements and apply only for those examinations for which you clearlyqualify.
Religious Observer/Disabled Candidates/MilitaryMembers: Applicants whose religious beliefs or military service preventtheir taking examinations on the scheduled date and disabled candidates whorequire special accommodations to take the test should indicate the need forspecial arrangements. Military ServiceMembers: If you apply for an examination during the filing period but are onactive military duty on the date of examination is scheduled, you may request amilitary makeup examination. ContactAmsterdam Civil Service for more information. If you are on active duty or discharged after the filing period hasbegun, you may apply for the examination up to ten days before the test date.
Section 23.2 Statement: Thisexamination will be prepared and rated in accordance with Section 23.2 of theCivil Service Law. The provisions of NewYork State Civil Service Law, rules and regulations dealing with thepreparation and rating of examinations will apply to this examination.
Multiple Exam Takers: If youhave applied for both State and local government examinations, you must notifyAmsterdam Civil Service of your intent to take both a State and a localgovernment examination. When taking botha State and a local government examination you will be required to take allyour examinations at a State examination center. You will be advised by letter when and whereto report for your examination.
If you have applied forother local examinations examination, call or write to each Civil ServiceAgency to make arrangements no later than two weeks before the date ofexamination, as to which test site you will be taking the examination.
Veteran’s Credit: Veteransor disabled veterans who are eligible for additional credit must submit anapplication for veteran’s credit with their application for examination or atany time between the dates of their application for examination and the date ofestablishment of the resulting eligible list. Applications for veteran’s creditare available from this office. Veteran’s credits can only be added to apassing score on the examination.
Effective January 1, 1998,the State Constitution was amended to permit a candidate currently in the armedforces to apply for and be conditionally granted veteran’s credit inexaminations. Any candidate who appliesfor such credit must provide proof of military status to receive theconditional credit. No credit may be granted after the establishment of the list. It is the responsibility of the candidateto provide appropriate documentary proof indicating the service was in time ofwar, as defined in Section 85 of Civil Service Law, and that the candidatereceived in honorable discharge or was released under honorable conditions inorder to be certified at a score including veteran’s credits.
Change of Address: It is theresponsibility of the candidate to notify the Amsterdam Civil Service of anychange in name or address for the duration of the eligible list. No attempt will be made to locate candidateswho have moved.
If any emergency preventsyou from appearing for the examination, please notify this office (518)841-4341no later than 9:00AM on the Monday following the test date, (Tuesday if Mondayis a legal holiday) providing verifiable documentation of the reason. A determination will be made as to if youwill be scheduled for an alternate test date.
Application Fee Waiver: A waiverof application fee will be allowed if you are unemployed and primarilyresponsible for the support of a household. In addition, a waiver of application fee will be allowed if youdetermined eligible for Medicaid, or receiving Supplemental Security IncomePayments, or Public Assistance (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families/ FamilyAssistance or Safety Net Assistance) or are certified Job Training PartnershipAct/Workforce Investment Acteligible 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 for ApplicationFee Waiver and Certification” form and submit it with your application by theclose of business on the application deadline as listed on the examinationannouncement.
Children of Firefighters and Police Officers killed inthe 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 ofAmsterdam/An Equal Opportunity Employer
Civil Service Commission: Gary McNeil, Chairman
You can apply for this job by either contacting the person below or downloading the application (if available).