Promotion Examination Open To All Qualified Employees of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Director Forest Ranger Services

Written Test To Be Held
November 14, 2009
Applications Must Be Submitted or Postmarked By
October 05, 2009


Exams Included on This Announcement
Exam Number Exam Title Open to Employees of Salary Salary Grade Fee
36-297 Director Forest Ranger Services Environmental Conservatn,Dept of $91,096 M-4 $25

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Minimum Qualifications

On or before November 14, 2009, you must be a qualified employee of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and have had three months permanent competitive or 55-b/55-c service as an Assistant Director Forest Ranger Services or a Forest Ranger 3.

If you were permanently appointed to a qualifying title on or before August 14, 2009, and have served continuously in this title since that date, you are eligible to file for this examination.

Qualifying Experience for Appointment from the Eligible List

After one year of service as an Assistant Director Forest Ranger Services, successful candidates will be qualified for appointment from the eligible list. After two years of service as a Forest Ranger 3, successful candidates will be qualified for appointment from the eligible list.

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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 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 represent 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. Sample test material for Educating and interacting with the public(pdf14KB) is available.
  2. Administrative management of work and resources - These questions will test for the ability to provide administrative management, involving oversight of multiple work units, sections, or a multi-level organizational component, by planning, implementing, and evaluating work initiatives; researching and analyzing work demands, strategies, issues, and problems; organizing and scheduling work assignments; monitoring quality, quantity, and timeliness of work; designing and implementing action plans; identifying resources to meet demands and resolve work-related problems; utilizing resources (financial, human, technology, or other) for maximum efficiency and effectiveness; and aligning work plans with organizational mission and function. Sample test material for Administrative management of work and resources(pdf76KB) is available.
  3. Administrative supervision of staff - These questions will test for the ability to provide administrative supervision to staff assigned to multiple work units, sections, or a multi-level organizational component, by influencing and developing constructive work relationships with staff, peers, supervisors, customers, and others; successfully communicating and interacting with others for the purpose of accomplishing work; evaluating personal strengths, limitations, and interests against work demands; developing and empowering others to achieve a high level of work performance; providing guidance and training on work-related topics; promoting teamwork; building coalitions; managing conflict; acknowledging and rewarding good work; and modeling professional and ethical behavior. Sample test material for Administrative supervision of staff(pdf56KB) is available.
  4. Composing and editing written material - These questions will test for the ability to compose and edit written materials, such as written correspondence, technical reports, legal documents, or informational materials for an internal or public audience. Composed written material should reflect correct grammar, usage, punctuation, and sentence structure; present information clearly and accurately; use proper tone; and be logically organized. Sample test material for Composing and editing written material(pdf18KB) is available.

If you pass, your seniority credit(s), if any, will be included in the computation of your final score. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime veterans' credits to your final passing score.

Test Guide & Sample Test Material

A General Guide to Written Tests(pdf86KB) is available. Sample Test Material for the subject areas described above is also available. You may request a copy of the test guide and sample test material by e-mail at or by calling the Exams Information Desk at the Department of Civil Service in the Albany area at 518-457-6216 or outside of the Albany area toll free at 1-877-697-5627.

Credit for Seniority

Seniority is credited at the rate of one credit for each five-year period (or fraction thereof), excluding the first year of service.

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As a Director of Forest Ranger Services, you would plan, direct, and oversee the delivery of all programs and services provided by the Division of Forest Protection. You would represent the Department on various commissions and task forces and advise executive staff on major issues.

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How To Apply

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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 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.

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.

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].

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.

Eligibility for Examination

To be eligible to compete in this examination, you must be employed in the specified department or agency on a permanent or contingent permanent basis in the competitive class, or in the non-competitive class or labor class if specifically noted on this announcement (or be on an appropriate preferred list), and have the specified time in the specified title or salary grade. You may not compete in a test for a title if you are permanently employed in that title (unless you are still on probation) or in a higher direct line of promotion.

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.

S2/TC1 CMH-vla
Issued: 8/28/09

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