New York State Department of Civil Service Announces Examinations Open to All Qualified Individuals

Narcotic Investigator Trainee 1

Written Test To Be Held
June 14, 2008
Applications Must Be Submitted or Postmarked By
May 12, 2008


Exams Included on This Announcement
Exam Number Exam Title Salary Salary Grade Fee
24-867 Narcotic Investigator Trainee 1 $34,260 Equated to G-13 $30
24-868 Narcotic Investigator Trainee 1 (Spanish Language) $34,260 Equated to G-13

Appointees who work in the five boroughs of New York City or in Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, or Westchester Counties will receive an additional $1,302 annual downstate adjustment. Appointees who work in Dutchess, Orange, or Putnam Counties will receive an additional $651 annual mid-Hudson adjustment.

Narcotic Investigator Traineeships: These positions require completion of a two-year traineeship. You will be required to participate in training courses and field rotational assignments at various locations throughout New York State. After successful completion of the first year, appointees will be advanced without further examination to the Trainee 2 level (equated to Grade 14; beginning salary $36,228). Note: You may be eligible for appointment directly to the Trainee 2 at the time of appointment if you have one year of investigatory experience*, as described below, beyond the minimum qualifications. Successful completion of the traineeship will result in permanent advancement without examination to Grade 18.

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Minimum Qualifications

On or before June 14, 2008, you must have one year of experience as a Police Officer, or Peace Officer, or of investigatory experience* as defined below, OR an associate's degree in nursing or criminal justice AND one year of investigatory experience* as defined below OR a bachelor's degree with 30 semester credit hours in pharmacology, nursing, criminal justice, biology, chemistry, or psychology. If you are using a bachelor's degree to meet the minimum qualifications, you must submit a list of qualifying courses or a copy of your transcript indicating your qualifying courses. If you provide a list of qualifying courses, include the name of the school, department and course title, the number of semester credit hours, and the date completed for each course.

If you are applying for one or more of these examinations under one of the educational requirements and you expect to meet those requirements by August 31, 2008, you may apply for the examination. You will be required to provide proof of successful completion to the New York State Department of Health prior to appointment.

* Investigatory experience: These examinations require field investigatory experience in one or more of the following areas: the professional conduct of licensed health care professionals; controlled substance trafficking or diversion; surveillance activities in a health care licensure/regulatory program; or in a governmental setting where the primary responsibility is conducting criminal investigations. Examples of qualifying experience: For the purposes of these examinations, correction officer, court officer, probation officer, parole officer, park patrol officer, or any other experience which required Police Officer or Peace Officer status in the performance of duties.


These positions require extensive field work including working nights, weekends, and overtime. At the time of appointment and continuously thereafter, you will be required to have a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State.


  1. Narcotic Investigators are Peace Officers. During the first year of employment, appointees will be required to qualify as a Peace Officer and carry firearms. United States citizenship and New York State residence will be required. Employment is dependent upon continuous certification as a Peace Officer. Denial or loss of firearm permit will result in your removal from employment from the position.
  2. Physical/Medical Requirements: The physical and medical standards for this title are currently under review. As a result of that review your physical and/or medical condition may be evaluated prior to your appointment to ensure that you are able to satisfactorily perform the duties of this position with or without reasonable accommodation. The physical/medical standards may include a physical fitness test; a medical standards evaluation; a substance abuse screening, and/or a psychological evaluation. A medical examination may be required before appointment, and you would be responsible for the clinical laboratory test fee. Appointees to these positions may be required to undergo periodic medical examinations to reassess their ability to perform the essential duties of the positions.
  3. Drug Testing: Prior to appointment, you will be required to participate in a drug screening test and are responsible for the clinical lab fee. Failure to meet the standards may result in your disqualification.
  4. Background Investigation: Because of the nature of the positions there is an investigative screening that may include a thorough character investigation. All convictions must be reported. Conviction of a felony or misdemeanor or any falsified or omitted information may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment. Each case is determined on its own merits, consistent with the applicable provisions of state and federal laws.
  5. Fingerprints and Fees: Fingerprinting is required at the time of appointment. You may be required to pay the processing fee.
  6. Your degree or college credit must have been awarded by a regionally accredited college or university or one recognized by the NYS Education Department as following acceptable educational practices. If your degree or college credit was awarded by an educational institution outside the United States and its territories, you must provide independent verification of equivalency. You can write to the Examination Information Desk of the Department of Civil Service for a list of acceptable companies who provide this service. You must pay the required evaluation fee. If you are applying on the Internet, you must mail the independent verification of equivalency to the New York State Department of Civil Service, Alfred E. Smith State Office Building, Albany, New York 12239. Attention: S5JLR.
  7. You may file for these examinations by completing one OC-APP application form or applying on the Internet. Unless you are eligible for a fee waiver, the indicated processing fee must be submitted for each examination listed on your application. If you are qualified for the Narcotic Investigator Trainee 1 (Spanish Language) you should file for both examinations; as there is only one application processing fee.
  8. If you pass the examination for No. 24-868, Narcotic Investigator Trainee 1 (Spanish Language) you will be required to demonstrate your Spanish language proficiency at a level that will ensure your ability to perform properly the duties of the position. Only enough candidates to fill current vacancies will be called to the proficiency test.
  9. Open-Competitive examinations are also being held for the Narcotic Investigator 1, Narcotic Investigator 1 (Spanish Language), and Narcotic Investigator 2. If you are a qualified candidate you should file for these exams. There is a separate processing fee required at each level.
  10. 10. Appropriate part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a prorated basis.

The Positions

These positions exist in the New York State Department of Health in Buffalo, New York City, Rochester, Syracuse, and Troy.

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As a Narcotic Investigator Trainee 1 or Narcotic Investigator Trainee 1 (Spanish Language), you will be trained to perform field investigations in order to gather and verify information relating to the administration of the Department of Health's controlled substance enforcement, regulatory, and licensing programs. You will learn proper methods to question witnesses and complainants and how to maintain surveillance of individuals to obtain information relative to the investigation. You will be trained to review the controlled substances prescription and purchase records of pharmacies; the purchase and sale records of controlled substance manufacturers and distributors; and the sale, prescription, dispensing, and patient records of practitioners to ensure compliance with state laws pertaining to controlled substances.

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Subject of Examination

There will be a written test which you must pass in order to be considered for appointment. The written test is designed to test for knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in such areas as:

  1. Evaluating information and evidence - These questions test for the ability to evaluate and draw conclusions from information and evidence. Each question consists of a set of facts and a conclusion based on the facts. The candidate must decide if the conclusion is warranted by the facts.
  2. Preparing written material - These questions test for the ability to present information clearly and accurately, and to organize paragraphs logically and comprehensibly. For some questions, you will be given information in two or three sentences followed by four restatements of the information. You must then choose the best version. For other questions, you will be given paragraphs with their sentences out of order. You must then choose, from four suggestions, the best order for the sentences.
  3. Understanding and interpreting written material - These questions test how well you comprehend written material. You will be provided with brief reading selections and will be asked questions about the selections. All the information required to answer the questions will be presented in the selections; you will not be required to have any special knowledge relating to the subject areas of the selections.

Your final score must be 70 or higher in order to pass. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime veterans' and Civil Service Law Section 85-a credits to your final passing score.

Test Guide

A Guide to the Written Test for the State and Local Investigators Series will be available online on or about May 1, 2008. You may request a copy of the Test Guide by email at If you do not have access to the Internet, you may request a copy of the Test Guide by calling the Exams Information Desk at the Department of Civil Service in the Albany area at 518-457-6216 or outside of the Albany area toll free at 1-877-697-5627.

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How To Apply

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Additional Information

New York State is an Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of the State of New York to provide for and promote equal opportunity in employment, compensation and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

Appointment to many positions in State government require candidates to undergo an investigative screening. This may include a thorough character investigation, a Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Record History Check, a Child Abuse Registry clearance, or other similar procedures. Candidates may be fingerprinted and may be required to pay any necessary fees for that procedure. Depending on the nature of the job, the criminal convictions discovered, or any falsified or omitted information revealed, the investigative findings may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment.

Eligibility for Employment

You must be legally eligible to work in the United States at the time of appointment and throughout your employment with New York State. If appointed, you must produce documents that establish your identity and eligibility to work in the United States, as required by the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, and the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Religious Accommodation

Most written tests are held on Saturdays. If you cannot take the test on the announced test date, due to a conflict with a religious observance or practice, check the box under “Religious Accommodation.” We will make arrangements for you to take the test on a different date (usually the following day).

Reasonable Accommodations in Testing

In addition, it is the policy of the Department of Civil Service, in accordance with the New York State Human Rights Law and the Americans with Disabilities Act, to provide qualified persons with disabilities equal employment opportunity and equal opportunity to participate in and receive the benefits, services, programs, and activities of the Department. It is the policy of the Department to provide such persons reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications as are necessary to enjoy equal opportunity. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation to participate in an examination must note this on their applications. Further information is available from the Special Arrangements Unit of the Department of Civil Service at 518-457-2487 [press 2, then press 2] in the Albany area, toll free at 1-877-697-5627 [press 2, then press 2], or via TDD (telecommunications device for the deaf) at 518-457-8480.

Admission to Examination

Notice to appear for the test may be conditional as review of applications may not be made until after the test. If you have not received your notice to appear for the written test three days before the date of the test, call 518-474-6470 in the Albany area or toll free at 1-877-697-5627 [press 2, then press 1].

Multiple Examinations Scheduled for the Same Day

With the exception of written tests announced by New York City, if you have applied to take a written test announced by a local jurisdiction (county, town, city) scheduled to be held on the same test date as this written test, you must call 518-474-6470 in the Albany area or toll free at 1-877-697-5627 [press 2, then press 1], no later than two weeks before the test date, to make arrangements for taking all tests at one test site. All tests will be held at the state examination center.

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Issued: 3/28/08

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