Canal Structure Operator

Grade 09

New York State has approximately 164 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 Canal Structure Operator, during an assigned shift, you would maintain and operate canal structures and equipment to permit passage of lock and lift bridge traffic and to regulate water level and flow. In addition, you would be responsible for checking for seepage and navigational hazards and for preventing trespassing and vandalism. You would also perform activities in support of the collection of user fees. The position requires frequent interaction with the general public. Canal operators cover a 24-hour day, seven day a week schedule. Appointees can expect to be assigned to cover night and weekend shifts and are subject to 24-hour emergency call-outs. Appointees will perform preventative maintenance activities and may work with a maintenance crew on canal pump-out projects, will perform minor repairs to structures and buildings, and other tasks as assigned. Both annual and seasonal positions may be filled as the result of this examination. Seasonal positions are paid at a lower hourly rate. You will receive further information if you are called for an interview. If you receive a seasonal appointment from this eligible list, your name will remain active for annual appointment.

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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, the candidate must have:

Either 1. six months of experience in the operation and assembly or the operation and maintenance of mechanical, electrical, automotive, hydraulic, or diesel machinery;

Or 2. six months of experience working on a canal(s), of which 50% of your duties must have included working at a canal lock and/or lift bridge;

Or 3. a certificate of completion from a BOCES or a post-high school program in electrical maintenance; electrical construction; or mechanical, hydraulic, automotive, or diesel repair or technology;

Or 4. six college semester credit hours in electrical construction; electrical maintenance; or in hydraulic, mechanical, automotive, or diesel repair or technology;

Or 5. possession of an electrician's license and current registration issued by a NYS municipality. You must provide information regarding your license and current registration on your application.

License Requirement: Candidates must possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State at the time of appointment and continuously thereafter.

Non-Qualifying Experience: Experience limited to gas station attendant; installation or repair of transmissions, mufflers, brakes or tires, or new car preparation; auto body repair work; or management activities as the owner or supervisor of a repair shop or service station is not 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

When this examination is scheduled to be held, the announcement can be found on the Department of Civil Service, Examination Announcements web page. If you do not see an examination currently scheduled please check back on a monthly basis or sign up for announcement notification by email so that you will automatically be notified when new examinations are being offered.

Career Mobility

Career mobility is not just limited to the titles in the Career Ladder, above. Additional movement may be achieved through other examinations, additional education and/or work experience or transfer opportunities. For additional information or clarification of transfer determinations, current State employees should contact the Career Mobility Office. Visit ELMS Online to view established open-competitive, promotion, and transition eligible lists. If you are not a current New York State employee, see Employment Opportunities with New York State and find out how to become a New York State employee.

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