The competitive class of civil service consists of positions for which it is practicable to determine the merit and fitness of applicants by competitive examinations. These examinations are either open competitive, that is, open to all applicants meeting the minimum qualifications for the position; or, promotional, for those individuals already serving in a lower position within the same jurisdiction as the existing vacancy.
Provisional appointments may be made to positions in the competitive class if no list of eligible candidates exists. All provisional appointees are subject to passing a competitive examination and be reachable on any list established as a result of such an examination.
Continuous recruitment positions can be applied for at any time, and the eligible list will be used to fill vacancies as they occur. The personnel officer of Albany County reserves the right to terminate continuous recruitment and re-establish a periodic, announced-date type of examination.
A complete list of examination announcements, applications, and forms is available by visiting our office at 112 State St, Room 1100, Albany, NY.
The exempt class of civil service consists of administrative positions for which competitive examination is not practical. Candidates for appointment must meet minimum qualifications established by the appointing authority. Those appointed in exempt class positions serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority.
The non-competitive class of civil service consists of positions for which using a competitive examination to determine the merit and fitness of the applicants has been found to be not practicable.
The labor class of civil service consists of unskilled labor positions for which no competitive examination is practicable; however, applicants may be tested as to their fitness for employment.