Department of Civil Service Announces
Examinations Open to All Qualified Individuals

Written Test To Be Held

March 10, 2007
Applications MUST Be Postmarked By

February 05, 2007

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Examination Number and Title
Processing Fee
Sanitary Construction Inspector 1
Sanitary Construction Inspector 2

Minimum QualificationsSubject of ExaminationHow to Apply

Appointees who work in the five boroughs of New York City or in Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, or WestchesterCounties will receive an additional $1,302 annual downstate adjustment. Appointees who work in Dutchess, Orange, or PutnamCounties will receive an additional $651 annual Mid-Hudson adjustment.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: On or before March 10, 2007, you must have:

For Number 24-732: three years of the qualifying experience described below.
For Number 24-733: five years of the qualifying experience described below.

Qualifying Experience: construction inspection experience related to pipelines, substantial structures,* dams, breakwaters, bridges,** environmental treatment plants, highways, landfills, or hazardous waste and/or petroleum site remediation.

* "Substantial structures" are defined as buildings of steel, masonry, and/or concrete construction over 20,000 cubic feet in size.
** Bridges must have a span of 20 feet or more.

NOTE: Inspection experience must have been on projects or project segments that were greater than $200,000 in cost. Be sure to include cost in the description of your project experience.

Substitution: The following may be substituted for two years of the required experience - an associate's degree in engineering science, civil or civil engineering technology, chemical technology, construction technology, electrical or electrical engineering technology, instrument technology, mechanical or mechanical engineering technology, architectural or architectural engineering technology;


40 semester credit hours in any combination of the following courses – engineering, mathematics, or physical science. If you qualify under this option you MUST submit a list of qualifying courses with your application. Include the course title, name of college or university, number of semester credit hours for each course, and date (or expected date) of completion. A copy of a college transcript is acceptable.


  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 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 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. If you are applying on the Internet, you must mail the independent verification of equivalency to the NYS Department of Civil Service, Albany, New York, 12239, Attention: S2JKG.
  4. If you otherwise meet the experience requirements AND you expect to meet the education requirements by June30,2007, you can be admitted to the written test. However, you cannot be considered for appointment until you submit proof of successful completion of the educational requirement to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
  5. You may file for these examinations by completing one OC-APP application form or applying on the internet. Unless you are eligible for a fee waiver, the indicated processing fee must be submitted for each examination listed on your application.
  6. At the interview you may be required to have a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State or otherwise demonstrate your ability to meet the transportation needs of the job.
  7. If appointed, you must satisfactorily complete the 40-hour OSHA 1910.120 training.
  8. Appointment to certain positions may require the use of Personal Protective Equipment, including a respirator. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) conducts a Medical Monitoring Program for employee safety purposes in which you may be required to participate. The Medical Monitoring Program is an OSHA requirement for employees who may be exposed to toxic, petroleum and/or hazardous substances and it is a critical part of DEC's Employee Health and Safety Program. The Medical Monitoring Program includes a baseline physical examination with periodic follow-up physical exams.

THE POSITIONS: These positions exist in the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

DUTIES: As a Sanitary Construction Inspector 1, you would independently inspect and investigate hazardous waste and/or petroleum sites for less complex remedial projects. You would review minor construction contract modifications and assist Sanitary Construction Inspectors 2 on larger or more complex projects.

As a Sanitary Construction Inspector 2, you would independently inspect and investigate hazardous waste and/or petroleum sites. You would review construction contract modifications and participate in conferences and meetings with grantees, owners, consultants, and other public agencies as the Department's representative. You might act as the Department's chief of construction or oversee and direct a resident consultant on any of the above type projects.

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. Inspection and investigation of hazardous waste and/or petroleum spill sites – These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices involved in inspecting and investigating hazardous waste and/or petroleum product spill sites; and may include such areas as proper procedures to use when conducting site investigations; sampling, testing, and monitoring methods used for various types of hazardous wastes and petroleum products; remediation procedures typically used; and safe operating practices.
  2. Civil engineering including surveying and surveying computations and principles of stormwater collection, retention and erosion control – These questions test for knowledge of civil engineering concepts and their practical application to the construction and maintenance of projects involving both sanitary systems and stormwater and erosion control; knowledge of proper surveying procedures and the ability to perform surveying calculations; and principles and practices involved in stormwater collection, retention and erosion control on construction projects.
  3. Construction inspection and documentation including field notes, reports, diaries, quality and document control, and payment approval – These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices involved in inspecting construction projects; including such areas as pre-inspection preparations; proper inspection steps and field and office documentation procedures; relationships with contractors including project quality control; and project payment approval procedures.
  4. Understanding and interpreting technical instructions, charts, graphs, maps, drawings and project scheduling– These questions test for the ability to read and analyze technical information presented in various formats such as written material, charts, graphs, tables, and diagrams; and knowledge of project scheduling and tracking procedures.
  5. 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. You must then choose, from four suggestions, the best order for the sentences.
    Your final score must be 70 or higher in order to pass. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime veterans' and Civil Service Law Section 85-a credits to your final passing score.
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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)474‑6470 in the Albany area or toll free at 1-877-697-5627 [press 2, then press 1].
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. 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.
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)457‑2487 [press 2, then press 2] in the Albany area, toll free at 1-877-697-5627 [press 2, then press 2], or via TDD (telecommunications device for the deaf) at (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) 474-6470 in the Albany area or toll free at 1-877-697-5627 [press 2, then press 1], 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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