Civil Service Exams for Competitive Class positions, are scheduled through NYS Civil Service and are scheduled based on Statewide need. Exam announcements are posted in public buildings, the Human Resources Office, and are also available on the Saratoga County website. Exam announcements contain important information about “minimum qualifications“, exam fees, exam scopes (topics of exam material), filing deadlines, and test date. Unless otherwise stated on the exam announcement, applicants must be residents of New York State for 4 months immediately preceding the exam date. It is recommended that you check the website often as exam announcements and employment vacancy’s are regularly posted and updated here. Exceptions to missing the filing deadline for an exam or vacancy can not be made. Postmarks will be accepted for Examination submissions. It is important to note that Exam announcements do not necessarily indicate a vacancy to be filled. Exams are given to establish a list of eligible candidates should a vacancy in that title become available. If you previously submitted an application for an Employment Opportunity that was listed as “provisional“, you must also submit an application, with the applicable fee, for the examination.
Request for Exam Notification
At this time Saratoga County does not have an Exam Notification system. The Human Resources Office does maintains available job descriptions for all titles that require a Civil Service exam. Applications will not be accepted for exam titles or positions that are not yet scheduled or posted.
Completing the Application
NYS Civil Service requires an application be filed for each employment opportunity and examination. Each applicant must fully complete all information on the application. Resume may not be substituted for an application, or for the education or work experience section (12.) of the application. Application fees for Examinations are non-refundable. Before submitting your application, be sure to compare the information you provide about your education, training, and experience with the “minimum qualifications” as stated on the announcement. “Minimum qualifications” must be clearly stated on your application (vague applications will not be interpreted in the the applicants favor; qualifications cannot be assumed based on current or previous title, position or duties). At this time, applications CANNOT be filed electronically. Applications must be mailed or hand delivered to the Human Resources Department at the address on the announcement and any applicable fee must be paid at the time of application. Please note that due to the high volume of applications received, it is not always possible to respond to each applicant/application. You may contact the Human Resources Office with questions regarding status of your application.