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Most jobs in New York State’s public sector are governed by Civil Service Law. A "Civil Service" employee can be anyone from a secretary to a nurse, a mechanic, a laboratory technician, a truck driver, a building inspector, an electrician, or a teacher aide. However, different Civil Service jobs have different classifications and requirements.
Whether you are interested in a tested or a non-tested position, the same application, available from the Regional Civil Service Commission office, should be completed. When making an application be sure:
You are welcome to apply for any examination announced to the public (competitive class titles) or any currently available opening not requiring an examination (exempt, non-competitive, and labor class titles) for which you meet the minimum qualifications.
Examination notices include the competitive class title, a description of the position, the minimum qualifications required for admittance to the exam, and a description of the subject matter to be covered in the examination. Applications are available from the Regional Civil Service Commission office. Other jurisdictions on our mailing list, such as towns, villages, school districts, and libraries may also have exam notices posted. We recommend you check for new exam notices each month. Candidates that are successful on the exam are placed on an eligible list in rank order. As job opportunities become available, candidates are canvassed to determine interest and availability for employment. Appointing authorities are required to fill positions with candidates that are among the top three highest standing candidates on the eligible list willing to accept appointments.
How do I apply? Whether you are interested in a tested or a non-tested position, the same application, available from the Regional Civil Service Commission office, should be completed.
Many positions in public service require that the candidate take an examination. Positions, such as these, are classified as "competitive". In order to be considered for employment in a competitive class position the candidate must rank among the three highest standing candidates taking the exam. A separate examination is held, as needed to fill vacancies, for all titles in the competitive class. All positions are considered to be competitive unless deemed by NYS Civil Service that it is not practical to determine the merit and fitness of applicants by competitive examination.
Applications for examinations are processed as they are received. Candidates that meet the qualifications are notified by mail a week before the examination date of the location for testing and other instructions. Candidates who do not meet the qualifications are notified two weeks prior to the exam and afforded five days to submit facts in opposition to their disqualification.
There are three types of positions, which have no examination requirements:
Each exam contains subject matter relating to the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to perform the duties of the position. You can find a description of the areas to be tested in the examination notice.
Examination results are received from the New York State Department of Civil Service approximately eight to twelve weeks after an examination. The Regional Civil Service Commission then certifies exam results at their regular monthly meetings. You will be notified by mail of your score and of your rank on the eligible list after the Regional Commission has certified the results. The average time frame for candidate notification is twelve to twenty weeks from the date of examination.
Chemung County and City of Elmira departments, towns, villages, school districts, GST-BOCES, Elmira Water Board and special districts use the lists resulting from these examinations to fill competitive positions.