New York State of Opportunity

Promotion examination open to all qualified employees of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Golf Course Maintenance Supervisor
Golf Course Manager 1/2

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 Open to Employees of Salary Salary Grade Non−Refundable Processing Fee
37-313 Golf Course Maintenance Supervisor P&R Parks and Rec,Office of $39,384 G-12 $10
37-314 Golf Course Manager 1 P&R Parks and Rec,Office of $44,370 G-15 $15
37-315 Golf Course Manager 2 P&R Parks and Rec,Office of $52,293 G-18 $15

Promotion examination open to all qualified employees of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

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On or before May 16, 2015, you must be a qualified employee of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and have had one year of permanent competitive or non-competitive service as follows:

For Number 37-313: as a Park Worker 3, Park Supervisor 1, or Park and Recreation Supervisor, in a position in which your duties were performed on a golf course and included grounds maintenance, turf grass management, fertilizing, and pesticide application.

For Number 37-314: as a Golf Course Maintenance Supervisor, Park Supervisor 1, Park Supervisor 2, or Park and Recreation Supervisor in a position in which your duties were performed on a golf course and included grounds maintenance, turf grass management, fertilizing, and pesticide application; or operation and management of golf course and facilities.

For Number 37-315: as a Golf Course Manager 1 or Golf Course Maintenance Supervisor.

If you were permanently appointed to a qualifying title on or before June 16, 2014, and have served continuously in this title since that date, you are eligible to file for this examination.


After one year of the service described in the Minimum Qualifications, successful candidates will be qualified for appointment from the eligible list.

Additional requirements for Nos. 37-313, 37-314, and 37-315: 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 acquire your Pesticide Applicator Certification.


  1. In accordance with Section 52.11 of the Civil Service Law, individuals serving permanently in the non competitive or labor class in a qualifying title (including those serving under Section 55-b/55-c) who otherwise meet the requirements for taking this examination are eligible to compete in this promotion examination.
  2. This examination is being held on a promotion and open-competitive basis. If you are admitted to the promotion examination under anticipated eligibility (i.e., you do not have the required one year of Qualifying Experience For Appointment From The Eligible List) and if you meet the open-competitive minimum qualifications, you may also be admitted to the open-competitive examination. To be admitted, you must apply for the open-competitive examination according to the instructions given on the open-competitive announcement. Once you meet the required one year of qualifying service for appointment from the promotion list, you will not be eligible for appointment from the open-competitive eligible list.
  3. 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.
  4. Important: If you qualify for Examination Nos. 37-313 or 37-314 you must include, with your application, verification of your qualifying duties or activities on agency letterhead, signed by an agency/facility Personnel Officer. Your statement of Experience must clearly describe your duties performed on a golf course. Vagueness or omissions will not be interpreted in your favor. Failure to provide duties verification will result in disqualification. If filing an NYS-APP form, you must attach the verification letter to the application. If filing on the Internet, send the verification letter, including the exam number, title and your social security number to the New York State Department of Civil Service, Agency Building 1 Albany, NY 12239, Attn: S2KXM.

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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
37-313 37-314 37-315
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

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.


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 Golf Course Maintenance Supervisor, you would, under the supervision of a Golf Course Manager 1 or 2, 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 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 regulation 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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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.

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:

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.

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Issued: 2/27/15

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