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Employment and Job Opportunities
Q.   Does Dutchess County have seasonal positions available for college students?

Dutchess County may offer summer-seasonal positions for students who are residents of Dutchess County, are 18 years of age or older, and are either entering or attending a college or university.  Call the Dutchess County Department of Human Resources at (845) 486-2169 for information about the types of the positions available and how to apply.

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Q.   How long will my name be on a civil service eligible list?

An eligible list will be in existence for a minimum of 1 year, and may last up to 4 years.  However, most eligible lists will be superseded by the establishment of a new eligible list prior to the 4-year time period.

It is your responsibility to keep in touch with the Dutchess County Department of Human Resources on a continuous basis to keep apprised of upcoming examinations.  If your name currently appears on an eligible list and you have not received an appointment, and a new examination is offered, it is recommended you take the new examination to ensure continued eligibility.

All upcoming examinations are posted throughout the County, i.e., towns, villages, school districts, local libraries, and on the Dutchess County website http://www.dutchessny.gov/ or http://www.co.dutchess.ny.us/ or by calling the examinations hotline at 845-486-2167 (24 hour hotline).  New examinations may be added weekly.

For more info contact:  Dutchess County Department of Human Resources at 845-486-2169.

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Q.   What kind of training opportunities does the Dutchess County Department of Human Resources provide to the public?

This depends on the nature and type of training requested.  Civil Service test preparation workshops are usually held when the Deputy Sheriff/Police Officer civil service examination is announced.  Workshops have been held at various local high schools on resume writing and improving your interviewing skills.  For more info contact:  Dutchess County Department of Human Resources Equal Employment Opportunity Office at 845-486-2166.

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Q.   Do I have to be a Dutchess County resident to take a civil service examination?

No, you do not need to be a resident of Dutchess County in order to take a civil service examination.

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Q.   I do not have a computer at home. Where else can I learn of upcoming civil service exams and employment opportunities?

Announcements for upcoming examinations and current recruitments are posted throughout the County, i.e., towns, villages, school districts, local libraries, and on the Dutchess County website http://www.dutchessny.gov/ or http://www.co.dutchess.ny.us/.  You can also call the examinations/recruitment hotline at 845-486-2167 (24-hour hotline).  New examinations/recruitments may be added weekly. Some positions are listed in local and regional newspapers.

For more info contact:  Dutchess County Department of Human Resources at 845-486-2169.

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Q.   How long will it take to get my test score on a civil service examination?

On the average, scores are available within 90 days from taking the written test.  Your final score will be mailed to you, and at the same time, the list of passing candidates (eligible list) is established.  In order to maintain confidentiality, do not call the Dutchess County Department of Personnel to ask for your score.  Test scores will not be made available over the telephone.

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Q.   What is a civil service eligible list, and how is it used?

An eligible list is a list of candidates who have passed an examination for a particular title ranked according to their test scores, from highest to lowest.  The higher your score the better your chances for getting a position.

When an agency or department has an opening for a “competitive” position (one that requires passing an examination), they request a list of eligible candidates who have passed the appropriate examination for the position. Agencies/departments then send out canvass letters to those on the list to determine who is interested in the type of appointment available.  Only those who reply within the specified time period, and say they are interested, and who are reachable (within the Rule of Three – see Question 11) may be appointed.  As the list is used to hire, and as candidates on the list indicate they are not interested in a position, agencies/departments make their way down the list in score/rank order.

For more info contact:  Dutchess County Department of Human Resources at 845-486-2169.

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Q.   Will I get the job if I get the highest test score on a civil service exam?

If you obtain the highest score you may be considered for the position, but having the highest score does not guarantee that you will be hired.  The canvass and the interview are equally important parts of the selection process.  If you are interested return your canvass letter promptly or within the specified time period, and if you are invited for an interview, do your best to make a good impression.  The interview is also an opportunity for you to learn if this is the job for you.

For more info contact:  Dutchess County Department of Human Resources at 845-486-2169.

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Q.   Are there study guides for civil service examinations?

Generally, we do not recommend study material or provide study guides for most examinations.  However, if a study guide is available this information will appear on the examination announcement.  Additional civil service test preparation booklets are available at the Poughkeepsie Public Library.

Civil service test preparation booklets are available through the CSEA’s WORK Institute.  Contact the WORK Institute at 518-782-4427 or 1-866-478-5548 or log on to the CSEA home page at www.csealocal1000.org.  (A fee may be charged for booklets.)

For more info contact:  Dutchess County Department of Human Resources at 845-486-2169.

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Q.   How can I apply for employment with Dutchess County Airport?

You can apply for employment with Dutchess County Airport by filling out an Application for Employment.  Applications can be obtained from Dutchess County Department of Personnel, 22 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY -or- can be submitted online.  Click Here to submit the application online.

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Q.   What are civil service examinations like?

Dutchess County civil service exams may consist of a written, oral and/or performance test, an evaluation of education, training and experience, or a combination of these.  The exam announcement will indicate which type of test(s) will be given.  The majority of written tests use multiple-choice questions, and they are usually held on Saturdays in locations in Dutchess County.

For more info contact:  Dutchess County Department of Personnel at 845-486-2169.

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Q.   How can I get information about taking a particular civil service exam?

The Dutchess County Department of Human Resources maintains a web page with current civil service exam information.  Click Here to access this page.

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Q.   Is the Dutchess County Department of Human Resources Equal Employment Opportunity Office a branch of the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission)?

No.  The Dutchess County EEO Office only handles allegations of workplace discrimination complaints from Dutchess County employees.  For other complaints of or questions regarding discrimination issues, contact the New York State Division of Human Rights at 914-788-8050.  For more info contact:  Dutchess County Department of Human Resources Equal Employment Opportunity Office at 845-486-2166.

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Q.   What is the difference between an open competitive civil service exam and a promotion exam?

Open competitive exams are open to the public, while promotion exams are open only to employees of the specific agency/department indicated on the announcement.  Promotion eligible lists are certified to fill vacancies in the agency/department before open competitive lists are certified.

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Q.   What is equal employment opportunity?

It is equal access to jobs, applicable to all citizens, essential to sound employment practices, and is required by New York State and Federal laws.  For more info contact:  Dutchess County Department of Human Resources Equal Employment Opportunity Office at 845-486-2166.

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Q.   Is there an application processing fee to take a civil service promotion examination?

If you are applying for both promotion and open competitive examinations for the same title, the fee will be waived for the promotion examination only.  If only a promotion examination is held, an examination application processing fee is required.

For more info contact:  Dutchess County Department of Human Resources at 845-486-2169.

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Q.   How do I apply for a Dutchess County job or for a job in one of the cities, towns, villages, special districts or school districts in the County?

Many County jobs, as well as jobs in the cities, towns, villages, special districts and school districts (non-teaching jobs) require a County civil service examination.  For those County job openings that do not require an examination, the Dutchess County Department of Human Resources conducts recruitments to fill positions.  Cities, towns, villages, special districts and school districts conduct their own recruitments for those job openings that do not require a civil service exam.  You should contact their personnel offices for information.

Examinations and County recruitments are announced, and held, for specific job titles.  Examination and recruitment announcements can be viewed on this website.  Each announcement provides information on the minimum qualifications necessary to take the examination or to be considered for the position.  Read this carefully to determine whether you qualify.

If you feel you are qualified to take an examination or to be considered for a County job opening, you must complete an application and submit it to the Dutchess County Department of Human Resources.  If you are applying for an examination, you must also submit the application processing fee indicated on the examination announcement.  Your application will be reviewed to ensure that you meet the minimum qualifications.  Note that examination application processing fees are non-refundable.

We will not accept applications for employment unless an examination or recruitment is announced.  See the announcement for the filing deadline.

See General Exam Information under Dutchess County Department of Human Resources  -or-  for more info contact:  Dutchess County Department of Human Resources at 845-486-2169.

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Q.   What is “Rule of Three?” How do you determine who is reachable for appointment from a civil service eligible list?

Count down 3 names from the top of the list.  Everyone ranked above or tied in score with this third candidate is reachable for appointment.

For more info contact:  Dutchess County Departmentof Human Resources at 845-486-2169.

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Q.   Will I be notified by the Dutchess County Department of Human Resources if my application for a job opening or to take a written exam for a job is disapproved?

If your application has been disapproved, follow the instructions on your notice.  If you believe you have additional, relevant information on your qualifications, the information must be submitted, in writing, prior to the exam date or, in the case of recruitment, as soon as possible.

Note:  If your application is disapproved for an examination, the application processing fee is NON-REFUNDABLE.  Read the minimum qualifications listed on the examination announcement carefully before applying.

For more info contact:  Dutchess County Department of Human Resources at 845-486-2169.

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Q.   Will I be notified by the Dutchess County Department of Human Resources if my application for a job opening or to take a written examination for a job is approved?

If your application has been approved to take a written test, you will receive an admission notice to the test several days before the written test date telling you where and when to report.  Be sure to bring the entrance card with you to the test site.  If you have not received your admission card by Wednesday before the Saturday exam, then call the Dutchess County Department of Human Resources at 845-486-2169.

If you have filed an application in response to a recruitment announcement for a job opening, your name will be sent to the hiring department if your application is approved.  You may be contacted for an interview.  If you are not selected to be interviewed or are not hired after an interview, your application will be kept on file for up to one year.

For more info contact:  Dutchess County Department of Human Resources at 845-486-2169.

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Q.   What Dutchess County jobs are currently open?

Click Here to access the list of job openings that is maintained by the Dutchess County Personnel Department.

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Q.   What is affirmative action?

This is a voluntary and ongoing program that is designed to correct past discrimination.  It is a method used to reach the goal of equal opportunity.  For more info contact:  Dutchess County Department of Human Resources Equal Employment Opportunity Office at 845-486-2166.

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Q.   Where can I find out about volunteer opportunities?

There are many volunteer opportunities that exist in Dutchess County.   Click Here to view a list of just some that are available.

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Q.   How do I volunteer at a historic site?

You have two options available to you in finding out about volunteer opportunities at a historic site:

1.  Contact the historic site directly and ask about their volunteer opportunities.  Visit the Dutchess County Tourism website - http://www.dutchesstourism.com/historic-sites.php for contact information.

2.  Visit our webpage which gives a list of volunteer opportunities and contacts in Dutchess County.

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Q.   Where can I go for help in finding employment?

The following websites are available to help you locate job openings:

  • Dutchess County Department of Human Resources conducts recruitments to fill County jobs that require a County civil service examination as well as jobs in the cities, towns, villages, special districts and school districts (non-teaching jobs) that require a County civil service examination.  See Dutchess County Department of Human Resources' Exam Announcements and Job Recruitment listing.

  • Cities, towns, villages, special districts and school districts conduct their own recruitments for those job openings that do not require a civil service exam.  You should contact their personnel offices for information.  Click Here for access to local municipality  information and links.

  • The New York State Department of Labor's website has information regarding job recruitments, job fairs, posting and resume and registering with their job bank.

  • Dutchess Works, Inc. provides information, consultation, and work search assistance, resume help, as well as information about current openings.  Visit the Dutchess Works website for additional information. 

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Q.   Who should I contact if I believe that I have been subject to discrimination in credit, education, employment, housing or public accomodations?

Any person who believes that he/she has been discriminated against in employment, housing, public accommodations, education, or credit should contact:
   New York State Division of Human Rights
   8 John Walsh Blvd., Suite 204
   Peekskill, NY 10566
   (914) 788 8050
   InfoPeekskill@dhr.state.ny.us

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