Department of Civil Service Announces
Examination Open to All Qualified Individuals

 Written Test To Be Held

APRIL 6, 2002

Applications MUST Be
No Later Than
MARCH 4, 2002

Examination No. and Title



 Non-Refundable Processing Fee




Appointees in the New York City area (Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond [Staten Island], Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester Counties) will receive an additional $1,200 annual location pay differential.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: On or before the date of the written test, you must have:

  1. bachelor's, or higher level degree, in American History, Architectural History, Archeology, Anthropology, Architecture or Historic Preservation; OR
  2. a bachelor's, or higher level, degree in Art History (which must include 9 semester credit hours in Architectural History - see Note #4); OR
  3. a bachelor's, or higher level, degree in History (which must include 15 semester credit hours in American History - see Note #4).


  1. Appropriate part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a prorated basis.
  2. New York State residence is not required.
  3. Your degree and/or college credit must have been awarded by a regionally accredited college or university or one recognized by the NYS Education Department as following acceptable educational practices. If your degree and/or college credit was awarded by an educational institution outside the United States and its territories, you must provide independent verification of equivalency. You can write to the Examination Information Desk of the Department of Civil Service for a list of acceptable companies who provide this service. This information is also available here. You must pay the required evaluation fee.
  4. If you qualify for this examination on the basis of having a bachelor's, or higher level, degree in either Art History or History, you must submit a list of the required courses (including the number of semester credit hours earned for each course) with your application.
  5. If you expect to meet the education requirements by June 30, 2002, you can be admitted to the written test but you cannot be considered for appointment until you submit proof of successful completion of the educational requirement to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

THE POSITIONS: These positions exist in the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation in Waterford.

DUTIES: As a Historic Preservation Program Analyst Trainee 1, you would receive on-the-job training under the supervision of higher level staff. During the two year traineeship you would perform duties similar to those of a Historic Preservation Program Analyst. After one year of satisfactory service as a Historic Preservation Program Analyst Trainee 1, you would be advanced, without further examination, to Historic Preservation Analyst Trainee 2, ($32,659 salary as April 1, 2002.) After one year of satisfactory service as a Historic Preservation Program Analyst Trainee 2, you would be advanced, without further examination, to Historic Preservation Program Analyst, G-18, ($40,850 salary as of April 1, 2002).

As a Historic Preservation Program Analyst, you would be responsible for researching and assessing a broad range of historic subjects. You would evaluate historical significance as it pertains to buildings, landscapes, waterways, archeological sites, decorative objects and artifacts, and apply Federal and State historic preservation laws, procedures and requirements to projects. You may act as a consultant on projects, coordinate and chair meetings and serve as a resource person and advisor to the public, local governments and communities, Federal and State agencies, other interested parties, as well as other units of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

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. Educating and interacting with the public - These questions test for a knowledge of techniques used to interact effectively with individual citizens and/or community groups, to educate or inform them about topics of concern, to publicize or clarify agency programs or policies, to negotiate conflicts or resolve complaints, and to present one's agency or program in a manner in keeping with good public relations practices. Questions may also cover interacting with others in cooperative efforts of public outreach or service.
  2. Preparing written material - These questions test for the ability to present information clearly and accurately and to organize paragraphs logically and comprehensibly. For some questions, you will be given information in two or three sentences followed by four restatements of the information. You must then choose the best version. For other questions, you will be given paragraphs with their sentences out of order and then asked to choose from four suggestions the best order for the sentences.
  3. Preparing reports and official documents - These questions test for the ability to prepare reports and other official documents for use within and among governmental agencies, in legal or regulatory settings, or for dissemination to the public. Some questions test for a knowledge of correct grammar, usage, punctuation, and sentence structure. Others test for the ability to use the proper tone and to express information clearly and accurately.
  4. Understanding and Interpreting Written Materials Related to Historic Preservation or Restoration - These questions test for the ability to read and understand material typically used in the field of historic preservation. Selections may include excerpts from the following: New York State or federal laws and regulations; current practices relating to preservation and cultural resource management; professional journals, standards and bulletins; and primary historic sources. All the information needed to answer the questions is contained in the reading selections; no prior knowledge of the subject is required.


HOW TO APPLY: Use FORM OC-APP, APPLICATION FOR NYS EXAMINATIONS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Forms are also available (by mail or in person) at the office of the New York State Department of Civil Service: Building 1, State Campus, Albany, NY 12239. You may also obtain form OC-APP by E-mailing us at: You may also obtain application forms by visiting the Civil Service Career Information Center, Suite 108, North Concourse, Empire State Plaza, Albany, or one of the NYS Department of Labor Community Service Centers or local offices; these offices cannot handle mail requests.

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, 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.

Saturday religious observers applying for examinations which have written tests scheduled to be held on a Saturday and who need special testing arrangements must note this on their applications.

Reasonable Accommodations in Testing:
In addition, it is the policy of the Department of Civil Service, in accordance with 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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