New York State of Opportunity

New York State Department of Civil Service Announces Open-Competitive Examination Open to the Public

Golf Course Maintenance Supervisor/Golf Course Manager1/2

Written Test To Be Held
May 16, 2015
Applications Must Be Submitted or Postmarked By
April 01, 2015


Exams Included on This Announcement
Exam Number Exam Title Salary Salary Grade Non−Refundable Processing Fee
25-904 Golf Course Maintenance Supervisor $39,384 G-12 $25
25-905 Golf Course Manager 1 $44,370 G-15 $35
25-906 Golf Course Manager 2 $52,293 G-18 $35

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.

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On or before May 16, 2015, you must have:

For Number 25-904: two years of general golf course experience at a government, commercial, or private course, including grounds maintenance, turf grass management, fertilizing and pesticide application, or management of a golf course facility and equipment. This experience must include one year of golf course supervisory experience.

For Number 25-905: four years of the experience described above, including one year of golf course supervisory experience AND 15 college semester credits in turf management, horticulture, turf agronomy, or golf course management.

For Number 25-906: five years of the experience described above, including two years of golf course supervisory experience AND an associate���s degree in turf management, horticulture, turf agronomy, or golf course management.

Substitution for Numbers 25-904 and 25-905: An associate���s degree in turf management, horticulture, turf agronomy, or golf course management may be substituted for ONE year of the general experience. It cannot be substituted for the supervisory experience.

For Numbers 20-905 and 20-906: A bachelor���s degree in turf management, horticulture, turf agronomy, or golf course management may be substituted for TWO years of the general experience. It cannot be substituted for the supervisory experience.

Additional requirements for Numbers 25-904, 25-905, and 25-906: All candidates appointed from the eligible lists established as a result of these examinations will be required to serve a probationary period. During that time, you will be required to successfully complete a thirty-hour pesticide application course and attain your Pesticide Applicator Certification.

Examples of Non-Qualifying Experience, are but not limited to: experience working at a driving range or at a miniature golf course.


  1. Your degree 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 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 NYS Department of Civil Service for a list of acceptable companies who provide this service. 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: S2KXM.
  2. Important: As the processing fee is non-refundable, verify that you entered the correct examination number and title on your online or paper application prior to submitting. If you apply online, you should immediately review your email confirmation notice to verify that you applied for the correct examination. If you do not receive a confirmation number after submitting your online application, your application was NOT received by the Department of Civil Service. No late applications will be accepted after the filing deadline has passed.
  3. A promotion examination is also being held for these positions. If you are eligible for appointment from a promotion list, you may not be appointed in your own agency from the list resulting from this examination open to the public.
  4. Although promotion examinations are being held, it is expected that appointments will be made as the result of these examinations open to the public.
  5. You may file for these examinations by completing one NYS-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. Qualifying part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a prorated basis.
  7. New York State residence is not required.


These positions exist in the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

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As a Golf Course Maintenance Supervisor, you would, under the supervision of a Golf Course Manager, maintain, repair, and rehabilitate golf courses, related facilities, equipment, and machinery; conduct daily inspections to determine maintenance needs; recommend work programs and projects; train and supervise staff; and perform and supervise maintenance activities such as maintaining roughs and bunkers, renovating turf, repairing aeration and irrigation systems, and mowing.

As a Golf Course Manager 1 or a Golf Course Manager 2, you would, under the general direction of a Park Manager or higher-level staff, plan, develop, direct, and supervise the operation, maintenance, and rehabilitation of a golf course facility, including the turf management and grounds; plan, direct, and supervise revenue and non-revenue producing recreational activities such as cross-country skiing and tennis; develop long- and short-term work schedules and repair and rehabilitation projects; direct daily operations, including regulating hours and usage; promote and publicize schedules, activities, and programs; evaluate expenditures; prepare budget requests; and recruit, train, and supervise staff. Golf Course Manager 1 & 2 positions are differentiated by size and characteristics of the golf course and the appointee���s role in the management of the golf course.

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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: For Examination Numbers
25-904 25-905 25-906
1. Identification of tree, shrub and grass diseases and knowledge of herbicides, fungicides and insecticides and their applications - These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices involved in identifying and mitigating various types of turf, tree, and shrub diseases and pest and insect infestations and may include such areas as the typical symptoms of various turf, tree and shrub diseases, pest, and insect infestations and the proper methods used to control such diseases and infestations including safe handling and proper application of herbicides, fungicides, pesticides and insecticides. X X X
2. Principles and practices of golf course maintenance, construction, and rehabilitation - These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices involved in the construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation of golf course facilities and may include such areas as proper upkeep of greens, bunkers, fairways, and roughs; selection and safe operation of the various types of equipment to use; and proper watering procedures and sprinkler system operation. X X X
3. Supervision - These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices employed in planning, organizing, and controlling the activities of a work unit toward predetermined objectives. The concepts covered, usually in a situational question format, include such topics as assigning and reviewing work; evaluating performance; maintaining work standards; motivating and developing subordinates; implementing procedural change; increasing efficiency; and dealing with problems of absenteeism, morale, and discipline. X X X
4. Grounds maintenance, including turf, trees and shrubs - These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices involved in grounds maintenance and may include such areas as turf grass planting, fertilizing, and maintenance, tree and shrub selection, planting, transplanting, trimming and maintenance, snow and ice control and safe operating practices involved when performing grounds maintenance activities. X    
5. Golf course operations, scheduling of staff and play, fee collection and course rating and management - These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices involved in managing golf course operations, including such areas as prioritizing overall responsibilities, maintaining playability of a golf course, scheduling staff duties and rounds of play, overseeing fee collections, scheduling course maintenance and upkeep activities, handling complaints, enforcing golf rules of play, and maintaining overall golf course safety.   X X

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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How To Apply

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If you do not receive a confirmation number after submitting your online application, your application was NOT processed.

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.

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

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.

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.

Multiple Examinations Scheduled for the Same Day

If you have applied to take a written test announced by either one or several local jurisdictions (county, town, city) scheduled to be held on the same test date as this written test, you must notify each of the local jurisdictions 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. For your convenience, contact information for all local civil service agencies is available on our website at:

Cell Phones or Electronic/Communication Devices at the Test Site

Do not bring cell phones, beepers, headphones, or any electronic or other communication devices to the test site. The use of such devices at the test site in the test room, hallways, restrooms, building, grounds, or other areas could result in your disqualification.

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Issued: 2/27/2015

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