FAQ: Personnel

Q: Can I apply to take an examination with Ulster County and New York State or another county on the same day?

A: Yes. When you apply you must notify each county of your intentions and indicate where you would like to take the examinations. If you will be taking an examination for New York State as well as for Ulster County and/or other counties, you must notify all jurisdictions, however, you must take the exams at the State exam site.

Q: How do I study for my exam?

A: Everyone’s study habits are different.  The New York State Department of Civil Service provides study guides for some examinations, which can be found at: http://www.cs.ny.gov/testing/localtestguides.cfm.   In addition, you can purchase study guides for some subjects from the CSEA Work Institute at: 1-518-782-4427 or 1-866-478-5548 or by obtaining an order form from the Ulster County Personnel Department at 244 Fair Street, 5th Floor in Kingston.

Q: Is there a fee to apply for a civil service examination?

A: Yes. Most examinations have a $20 fee.  However all Uniformed Protective Service titles, such as Police Officer, Deputy Sheriff, and Correction Officer, require a $40 fee.  Refer to the specific examination announcement for fee details. Ulster County has an Examination Fee Waiver Policy. Candidates who meet specific criteria are eligible. To find out more about the Examination Fee Waiver Policy, visit ulstercountyny.gov/personnel/examinfo.html, or refer to the section titled “Exception to Fee Requirement” on each examination announcement.  If you have additional questions, contact the office at 845-340-3550.

Q: How do I get information about taking a civil service examination in Ulster County?

A: Visit http://ulstercountyny.gov/personnel/current-employment-opportunities or call the examination hotline at 334-5454.  If you have a question that is not answered online or on the hotline, contact the office at 845-340-3550.

Q: Where do I find Ulster County’s job openings?

A: Visit http://ulstercountyny.gov/personnel/current-employment-opportunitiesl to find out about open positions and upcoming civil service examinations. You may also want to check the City of Kingston, towns, villages, school districts and libraries in Ulster County for their job openings.  Applications for those positions must be made directly to each municipality.