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The Amsterdam Civil Service Commission announces the Open-Competitive exam for: Senior Custodian

Posted On: 
January 21, 2020

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    Education - G.A.S.D.

Notice of Examination

The Amsterdam Civil Service Commission announces the Open-Competitive exam for:

Senior Custodian

Open Competitive Exam #62-206                                          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.


Salary:  $32,832


Minimum Qualifications:

Two years of building, cleaning or maintenance experience; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.


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 . 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.


Seniority Credits:

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 the application 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 to appear for the written test three (3) days prior to the exam date, they should call our office at


Application Fees:       A $15.00 non-refundable application fee is 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 City of Amsterdam.  Write the examination number(s) and the applicant’s name on the check or money order. DO NOT SEND CASH.  If your application is disapproved, the fee will not be refunded.  You should carefully review the announced minimum qualifications and any residence requirements and apply only for those examinations for which you clearly qualify.


Religious Observer/Disabled Candidates/Military Members:       Applicants whose religious beliefs or military service prevent their taking examinations on the scheduled date and disabled candidates who require special accommodations to take the test should indicate the need for special arrangements.  Military Service Members: If you apply for an examination during the filing period but are on active military duty on the date of examination is scheduled, you may request a military makeup examination.  Contact Amsterdam Civil Service for more information. If you are on active duty or discharged after the filing period has begun, you may apply for the examination up to ten days before the test date.


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


Multiple Exam Takers:           If you have applied for both State and local government examinations, you must notify Amsterdam Civil Service of your intent to take both a State and a local government examination.  When taking both a State and a local government examination you will be required to take all your examinations at a State examination center.  You will be advised by letter when and whereto report for your examination.

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


Veteran’s Credit:                   Veterans or disabled veterans who are eligible for additional credit must submit an application for veteran’s credit with their application for examination or at any time between the dates of their application for examination and the date of establishment of the resulting eligible list. Applications for veteran’s credit are available from this office.  Veteran’s credits can only be added to a passing score on the examination.


Effective January 1, 1998,the State Constitution was amended to permit a candidate currently in the armed forces to apply for and be conditionally granted veteran’s credit in examinations.  Any candidate who applies for such credit must provide proof of military status to receive the conditional credit.  No credit may be granted after the establishment of the list.  It is the responsibility of the candidate to provide appropriate documentary proof indicating the service was in time of war, as defined in Section 85 of Civil Service Law, and that the candidate received in honorable discharge or was released under honorable conditions in order to be certified at a score including veteran’s credits.


Change of Address:   It is the responsibility of the candidate to notify the Amsterdam Civil Service of any change in name or address for the duration of the eligible list.  No attempt will be made to locate candidates who have moved.


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


Application Fee Waiver:       A waiver of application fee will be allowed if you are unemployed and primarily responsible for the support of a household. In addition, a waiver of application fee will be allowed if you determined eligible for Medicaid, or receiving Supplemental Security Income Payments,or Public Assistance (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families/ Family Assistance or Safety Net Assistance) or are certified Job Training Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act eligible through a State or Local Social Service Agency.  All claims for application fee waiver are subject to verification.  If you can verify eligibility for application fee waiver, complete a “Request for Application Fee Waiver and Certification” form and submit it with your application by the close of business on the application deadline as listed on the examination announcement.


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


City of Amsterdam/An Equal Opportunity Employer


Civil Service Commission:                             Gary McNeil, Chairman

                                                                       John Mancini, Commissioner

                                                                       Lynn Kot, Commissioner

How do I apply?

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

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    Jen Iannotti
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