Chief Lock Operator

Grade 12

New York State has approximately 61 positions* in this title statewide. You may view a breakdown of positions by county. This position exists in Canal Corporation. View links to all New York State agencies including agencies that have this title. For more information, New York State employees can contact the Career Mobility Office at (518) 485-6199 or (800) 553-1322. If you are not a current New York State employee, you can use the Department of Civil Service Web site to explore possible employment opportunities.

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Summary of Job Description

As a Chief Lock Operator, you would supervise assigned staff and be responsible for the operation and maintenance of a lock and all related machinery, equipment, and structures; operate a lock to permit passage of canal traffic; operate water control structures and movable dams to regulate water levels; be responsible for the upkeep of these and other structures, grounds, approaches, and lock houses; be responsible for performing administrative tasks associated with the collection of user fees; keep electronic records of canal traffic, hourly water level readings, incident reports, etc.; and be on 24-hour emergency call out. You might also operate and maintain small bridges and hand-operated structures connected with or adjacent to the lock and supervise the inspection of canal and banks for seepage, navigational hazards, and trespass. During the non-navigational season, you would be responsible for the preventive maintenance and reconditioning of all machinery and equipment and replacement installations as required and for keeping all entrance ways and exits of all structures clear of ice and snow. Appointees must have basic computer skills to operate project and maintenance tracking software program. This position requires frequent interaction with the public.

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Summary of Minimum Qualifications

Please note: qualifications for this position may be subject to change. If substitutions for education and/or experience are allowed, this information would be available on the announcement.

You must take and pass a Civil Service examination in order to be considered for this position.

On or before the date of the examination, you must be a qualified employee of the New York State Canal Corporation and have had three months of permanent competitive or 55-b/55-c service as a Canal Structure Operator.

Only the title listed is qualifying.

For informational purposes only, click on the examination number(s) listed below to see the current or previous examination(s) that are used to fill this title.


How to Apply

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Career Mobility

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