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Department of Civil Service Announces
Interdepartmental Promotion Examination Open to All Qualified Employees of New York State

Written Test To Be Held

September 24 OR
September 25, 2005*
Applications MUST Be
Postmarked No Later Than

July 18, 2005

Examination Number and Title
34-819 Food Service Worker 2
34-820 Food Service Worker 3

Minimum QualificationsSubject of ExaminationHow to Apply

* To ensure adequate staffing levels at facilities, this exam will be administered on two days. You will be scheduled to take your test on either Saturday, September 24, 2005; or Sunday, September 25, 2005, based on discussion with your supervisor. Scheduling will take into consideration agency staffing levels, pass days, religious observance, employee personal requests, and participation in other examinations on this weekend. Persons residing in the same household must be scheduled to take the examination on the same date.

For Promotion in State Departments, Facilities, and Agencies
1. Within Promotion Units 2. Within Entire Departments 3. To Other Departments

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: On or before September 24, 2005, you must be a qualified employee of New York State and have had three months of:

For No. 34-819: Either: permanent competitive or 55-b/55-c service as a Food Service Worker 1;
Or: permanent non-competitive* service as a Dietitian Technician, Cook, or Institutional Retail Stores Clerk.

*An open-competitive examination is also being held for Food Service Worker 2. Therefore, in accordance with Section 52.11 of the Civil Service Law, individuals serving permanently in the non-competitive or labor class in a qualifying title (including those serving under Section 55-b/55-c) who otherwise meet the requirements for taking this examination, are eligible to compete in the promotion examination for Food Service Worker 2.

For No. 34-820: permanent competitive or 55-b/55-c service as a Food Service Worker 2.**

**Employees who are currently serving in a non-competitive title, such as Cook, must have a leave of absence from the competitive class title of Food Service Worker 2 in order to qualify for the Food Service Worker 3 examination.

If you were permanently appointed to a qualifying title on or before June 24, 2005, and have served continuously in this title since that date, you are eligible to file for this examination.

QUALIFYING EXPERIENCE FOR APPOINTMENT FROM THE ELIGIBLE LIST: After one year of the service described in the Minimum Qualifications, successful candidates will be qualified for appointment from the eligible list.


  1. The examination for No. 34-819 Food Service Worker 2 is being held on a promotion and open-competitive basis. If you are admitted to the promotion examination under anticipated eligibility (i.e., you do not have the required one year of Qualifying Experience For Appointment From the Eligible List) and if you meet the open-competitive minimum qualifications, you may also be admitted to the open-competitive examination. You must also file form OC-APP, APPLICATION FOR NYS EXAMINATIONS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC with the appropriate non-refundable processing fee unless you are eligible for a fee waiver. Once you meet the required one year of qualifying service for appointment from the promotion list, you will not be eligible for appointment from the open-competitive list.
  2. FINGERPRINTS AND FEES: Fingerprinting is sometimes required at the time of appointment. If so, you may be required to pay the processing fee.
  3. BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: Because of the nature of the position/s 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 and consistent with applicable provisions of State and Federal laws.
  4. PRE-EMPLOYMENT SCREENING: In addition to the above, the nature of the positions within some agencies may require an additional request for information from the New York State Register for Child Abuse and Maltreatment. The information obtained may prevent appointment to these positions. Individuals are required to pay the processing fee for this screening, currently $5.

THE POSITIONS: Food Service Worker 2 positions exist in the Office of Mental Health, Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, Department of Health, Department of Correctional Services, Department of State at Montour Falls, New York State School for the Blind at Batavia, New York State School for the Deaf at Rome, and State University of New York's Maritime College and College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Food Service Worker 3 positions exist in the Offices of Mental Health and Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, the Schools for the Blind and Deaf, and the Department of Health.

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. Arithmetic computations related to food service – These questions test for the ability to perform basic arithmetic computations using addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and simple fractions.
  2. Food preparation and service – These questions test for knowledge of proper techniques of preparing, cooking, and serving food and providing appropriate portions.
  3. Food sanitation and storage – These questions test for knowledge of proper food storage methods, sanitary food preparation, personal hygiene, cleaning methods and equipment, and insect and rodent control.
  4. Supervision and training – These questions test for the knowledge required by a supervisor to set goals, plan and organize work, train workers in how to do their jobs, and direct workers towards meeting established goals. The supervisory questions cover such areas as assigning and reviewing work, evaluating performance, maintaining work quality, motivating employees, increasing efficiency, and dealing with problems that may arise on the job. The training questions cover such areas as determining the necessity for training, selecting appropriate training methods, and evaluating the effectiveness of training.

If you pass, your seniority credit(s), if any, will be included in the computation of your final score. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime veterans' credits to your final passing score.

CREDIT FOR SENIORITY: Seniority is credited at the rate of one credit for each five-year period (or fraction thereof) excluding the first year of service.

The NYS Department of Civil Service reserves the right to reject for lateness or to accept applications filed after the advertised filing period. All statements you make on your application are subject to investigation.


ELIGIBILITY FOR EXAMINATION: To be eligible to compete in this examination, you must be employed in the specified department or agency on a permanent or contingent permanent basis in the competitive class, or in the non-competitive class or labor class if specifically noted on this announcement (or be on an appropriate preferred list), and have the specified time in the specified title or salary grade. You may not compete in a test for a title if you are permanently employed in that title (unless you are still on probation) or in a higher direct line of promotion.
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) 457 5483 if taking the test in Albany; (518) 457 6556 for New York City Test Center; (518) 457 7022 for all other Test Centers.
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.
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) 457-3416 or TDD (telecommunications device for the deaf) (518) 457-8480.
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) 457-7022 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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