New York State of Opportunity

New York State Department of Civil Service announces Continuous Recruitment Examination Open to All Qualified Individuals

Food Service Worker 1 - Office of Mental Health

Applications Accepted
Tests To Be Held


Exams Included on This Announcement
Exam Number Exam Title Salary Grade Salary Job Rate
20-483 Food Service Worker 1 G-5 $26,274 $32,602


Appointees who work in the five boroughs of New York City or in Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, or Westchester Counties will receive an additional $3,026 annual downstate adjustment. Appointees who work in Dutchess, Orange, or Putnam Counties will receive an additional $1,513 annual mid-Hudson adjustment.

The Positions

These positions are located throughout the State, in the facilities of the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH). Vacancies occur frequently, often on a part-time basis.

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As a Food Service Worker 1, you would be responsible for serving food and for keeping the places where food is served both clean and in good order. This may require medium to heavy physical effort. You would help to prepare trays for serving, transport food carts to serving areas, and return used dishes and equipment to pot and dishwashing areas. Some food preparation may be required. You would clean serving or trayline areas as appropriate and make sure that all equipment is ready for the next meal. Some operation of a dishwasher may be required. You would participate in sanitation activities in dining areas and in other food service and preparation areas, order and store supplies, and generally help to ensure that individuals in the care of the facility are fed properly.

How to Qualify

There will be a written test, in English only, which you must pass in order to be considered for appointment.

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Subject of Examination

The written test will be designed to test for knowledge of food service and storage procedures; the ability to read gauges, dials, and other similar instruments; the ability to read and understand schedules and other kinds of written material; and the ability to perform simple arithmetic functions related to food service.


  1. If you receive a passing score on the written test, your name will be placed on the eligible list for the geographic area where you took the examination. You may request to have your score placed on the list used by OMH facilities in other geographic areas. Instructions on how to do this will be included on your written test score notice.
  2. Food Service Worker 1 positions also exist in other state agencies. For information on the locations of those positions, refer to the announcement for Examination No. 20-484. If you are interested, you may request to have your score on Exam No. 20-483 placed on Food Service Worker 1 lists for other agencies. Instructions on how to do this will be included on your written test score notice.
  3. A candidate cannot be tested more than once during the same testform period which runs from May 15 through April 30 of the following year. Therefore, you may only apply to take either No. 20-483 or No. 20-484 during that time. If you take the test more than once during the same testform period, you will not receive a score for the second test.
  4. Fingerprinting and a criminal background check will be conducted if you are selected for appointment. You may be required to pay the processing fees.

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How and Where to Apply

Complete the attached application form, XD-70(pdf). All statements made on the application are subject to investigation. You may be asked to provide additional information and/or documentation to support statements made on the application. MAIL THE COMPLETED AND SIGNED APPLICATION TO:

ALBANY, NY 12229

For additional information contact the Decentralized Examination Unit at 1-800-568-2149.

The attached form is an examination application, it is not a job application. You will not receive any notice of the receipt of your application. When a test has been scheduled in your area of geographic preference, an admission notice, detailing where and when the exam will be held, will be mailed to you approximately two weeks prior to the exam date.


Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego
Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Tioga, Tompkins
Allegany, Chemung, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Yates
Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Wayne, Wyoming
Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara
Dutchess, Ulster, Putnam
Rockland, Westchester
Nassau, Suffolk
Bronx, New York (Manhattan, Ward's Island), Queens, Kings (Brooklyn), Richmond (Staten Island)
Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, Washington
Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida
Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence
Orange, Sullivan

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 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, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier 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.

Reasonable Accommodations in Testing

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 provide equal opportunity. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation to participate in an examination must note this on their application. Further information is available from the Test Administration Unit of the Department of Civil Service. In the Albany area, call 518-457-2487. Outside of the Albany area, call toll free at 1-877-697-5627. For TDD services, call NY Relay at 711 (requires a fee) or 1-800-662-1220.

New York State Residence Is Not Required For Most Positions

However, you must be eligible for employment in the United States.

Continuous Recruitment/Eligible Lists

Candidates who meet the qualification and pass this examination will have their names placed on the eligible list in the order of final scores, regardless of the date on which they filed or took the test. Generally, the names of qualified candidates will remain on the eligible list for two years. Appeal of ratings will not be allowed as the opportunity for retest exists. The department of Civil Service reserves the right to terminate this special recruitment program.

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Reissued: 5/12

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