Service Examination Information
Applications & Fees
for Completing Applications for Examination or Employment
1. Complete a separate application for
each position or series for which you applying.
2. To save time, complete one application in its entirety,
leaving the title line and the signature line blank. Make as many photo
copies of the application as you need, and then complete the title line and
sign each application. THERE MUST BE AN ORIGINAL SIGNATURE AND CURRENT DATE
on each application.
3. A filing fee of $20.00 for all examinations other than Uniformed
Protective Service Titles (check or money order only, made payable to Ulster
County Treasurer) must be included for each scheduled examination. A filing
fee of $40.00 for Uniformed Protective Service Titles (such as Police
Officer, Correction Officer, etc.) must be included for each scheduled
examination. Please include examination number and title on each check or
money order. DO NOT SEND CASH. No refunds will be issued, therefore, review
the minimum qualifications indicated on the examination announcement very carefully.
(See Examination Filing Fee Waiver Policy).
4. Mail or bring applications to: Box 1800
Ulster County Personnel Department
244 Fair Street,
Kingston, NY 12402-1800
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Examination Filing Fee Waiver Policy
An exception to the processing fee will be made for persons receiving
Supplemental Social Security payments or public assistance (Safety Net
Assistance or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families), provided Foster Care
or certified Workforce Investment Act of 1998 eligible through a state or
local social service agency, and for those who are unemployed and primarily
responsible for the support of a household. Individuals wishing to claim this
waiver of fee on the basis of Supplemental Social Security, Safety Net
Assistance or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, must certify on their
application, under number 20 Remarks, that they are
receiving public assistance and must indicate the type of assistance they are
receiving, the agency providing the assistance and their case number. Persons
claiming this waiver through Foster Care or Workforce Investment Act of 1998
Certification must specify the program and name of their contact agency. Such
claims are subject to later verification and, if not supported by appropriate
documentation, are grounds for barring appointment.
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Taking Civil Service Examinations
Do not interpret a notice to
appear for, or actual participation in the examination to mean that you have
been found to meet fully the announced requirements.
Depending on the time available before an examination
applicants maybe admitted to the examination on the basis of statements made
on the application or conditionally, without prior review of the application.
Such statements may not be reviewed and/or verified until after the
examination is held. At that time, those candidates not meeting the
requirements are disqualified. Candidates who are subsequently disqualified
after taking the test will NOT be notified of their score.
Call the Ulster County
Personnel office immediately if you do not receive a notice within four
days of the date of examination informing you whether or not you are to be
admitted to the examination.
Most civil service written tests do not require the use of a calculator or
slide rule; however, candidates have the option of bringing a quiet,
hand-held, programmable, or non-programmable solar or battery powered calculatoror a slide rule to the test room unless
specifically notified that their use is prohibited. You may not bring books
or other reference materials.
Change of Address
Notify this office immediately of
any change of address, in writing.
If we cancel an examination
because of inclement weather, the following radio stations will be notified
on the morning of the examination:
WGHQ 92 AM
WBPM 94.3 FM
WKNY 14.90 AM
WDST 100.1 FM
WRWD 107.3 FM
WBWZ 93.3 FM
Or, you may call Ulster County Community College
on the morning of the examination at (845) 687-5000 and a recorded message
will provide necessary information.
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Alternate Test Dates
May be arranged upon review of circumstances according to the AlternateTest Date Policy established by this
Saturday Sabbath Observers, Handicapped Persons, Active Duty Military Members
If special arrangements for
testing are required, indicate this on your application form.
If you have applied for any
other Civil Service examinations for employment with new York State or any
other local government jurisdiction, you must make arrangements to take all
the examinations at one test site no later than two weeks before the test
date. Call (845) 340-3550 for further information regarding multiple
examinations on the same date.
Disabled and non-disabled
war veterans who are eligible for additional credits must submit an
application for veterans credits. Candidates who wish to claim veterans credits on an examination should request an
application and information sheet from the Ulster County Personnel
Department. Veteran's application forms will also be available upon request
at the examination center. The completed and notarized forms must be received
in the office as soon as possible after the examination date or before the
eligible list for this examination is established.
Types of Civil Service Examinations
Open Competitive Examinations - Some examinations are "open
competitive" which means that any person meeting all the minimum
requirements may apply to take the examination.
Examinations - Other
examinations are "promotional" which means that only those
employees already in permanent competitive positions in civil service in
certain agencies, who meet the minimum requirements, may apply to take the
examination. Promotion Examinations may be countywide, or they may be limited
to certain department, divisions or offices. On Promotion Examinations,
seniority credits are added to candidate's passing test scores according to
the employee's years of permanent competitive service status
. Promotion by non-competitive examination is possible whenever there
are no more than three persons eligible to compete in a promotion examination
for a vacant competitive class position. The appointing authority may
nominate one of these eligible persons to take the Promotion Examination
without competition, subject to the approval of the Personnel Department.
Continuous Recruitment Examinations -
We continuously accept applications for many clerical, custodial, telephone
operator and water/wastewater positions. Examinations are generally held
twice a year. Names of eligibles are interfiled
according to grade and remain on eligible lists for up to two years.
Additionally applications for certain health care, mental health,
and attorney positions are received continuously. Rather than a written
examination we rank applicants on the basis of their training and experience.
Successful applicants are placed on an eligible list for up to four years.
appointment from open-competitive lists may be given to candidates who have
been residents of the locality in which appointmet
is to be made for at least 30 days prior to certification of the eligible
list. For appointment in some jurisdictions you may be required to become a
resident thereof in accordance with law or resolution.
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