Recreation Center Senior Assistant #67435 (City of Olean)

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Civil Service Job: Yes

Filing Date:

Applications received by mail must be postmarked no later than Friday, October 12, 2012

Exam Date:

Examinations will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2012



Information on the Recreation Center Senior Assistant #67435 (City of Olean) position

Vacancy:   Eligible List may be used to fill vacancies which may occur within the City of Olean, Olean, NY 

Fee Required: The State Civil Service Law requires our office to collect a processing fee from each applicant.  The amount of the fee is ten dollars ($10) per applicant for Each examination applied for, payable at the time of filing of the application form, by check (personal or certified) or money order, payable to the “Cattaraugus County Treasurer”.  Cash Will Not Be Accepted.  Applicants whose personal checks are returned for insufficient funds will not be considered as candidates.  Applicants must record the Examination Number(s) and Title(s) on their checks.  Refunds of fees will not be issued to applicants who are disqualified for not meeting the minimum qualifications for admittance to the examination or who do not appear for testing on the scheduled test date.  Therefore, Do Not Apply for an examination if you are not sure that you meet the minimum qualifications. Application Fees shall be waived for candidates that are unemployed and primarily responsible for the support of a household or are receiving public assistance.  Please contact this office for an Application Fee Waiver Request and Certification Form, or download from our website at:

RESIDENCY: Preference in appointment may be given to successful candidates who have been, at the time of examination and for at least one month prior thereto, a resident of the jurisdiction in which the vacancy exists.

Minimum Qualifications: Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma and EITHER:

a)  Graduation from a regionally or New York State accredited university or college with an associate’s degree in recreation or closely related field and one year experience in facility maintenance or pool/ice rink maintenance; OR

b) Two years of experience involving the supervision of employees or recreational activities and one year of experience in facility maintenance or pool/ice rink maintenance; OR

c)  An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (a), (b) above.

NOTE: Certified Pool Operator Certification will be required within 3 months of permanent appointment.

Duties: This position has responsibility for assisting in the operation of a recreation center while performing managerial duties.  The position involves the performance of semi-skill work in the care and maintenance of recreation areas, swimming pools, skating rink, and related recreation equipment.  The incumbent may be subject to prolonged exposure to inclement weather when maintaining and supervising operation of park area.  Additionally, this person may be responsible for the submission of required reports and the maintenance of records.   The class of Recreation Center Senior Assistant differs from that of Recreation Center Assistant by the increased administrative and supervisory responsibilities.  The work is performed under the general supervision of the Youth Bureau & Recreation Program Coordinator.  Supervision is exercised over subordinate recreation personnel.  A Recreation Center Senior Assistant does related work as required. 

Subject of Examination: Subjects of examination: A written test designed to evaluate knowledge, skills and /or abilities in the following areas:

1. 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.

2. Maintenance of buildings and equipment - These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices involved in the overall maintenance, construction, and upkeep of the typical structures, buildings, and equipment found in park facilities; and may include such areas as proper maintenance and repair of buildings, roadways, trails, flood control and drainage structures, minor mechanical and electrical systems maintenance, and safe operating practices.

3. Operation and maintenance of swimming pools and related facilities and equipment - These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices involved in the safe and effective operation and maintenance of swimming pools and related facilities and equipment, including such areas as proper treatment of swimming pool water, sanitary and safety requirements for swimming pools and bathhouse and related facilities, and pump, electrical and mechanical systems maintenance and upkeep.

4. Operation and maintenance of ice skating rinks - These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices involved in the operation and maintenance of ice skating rinks, including such areas as operation of refrigeration systems, procedures for producing and maintaining ice skating surfaces, and ice rink requirements for various types of ice skating activities.

5. Work scheduling - These questions test for knowledge of the principles for developing and implementing work plans and for the ability to arrange work assignments in a manner that will achieve work goals while staying within scheduling criteria. This may include setting up vacation or work schedules, taking into consideration such factors as seniority, work skills, duty hours and shift coverage.

6. 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.

The New York State Department of Civil Service has not prepared a test guide for this examination. However, candidates may find information in the publication "How to take a written test" helpful in preparing for this test. This publication is available on line at:

Candidates are RECOMMENDED to use quiet, hand-held, solar or battery powered calculators.  Devices with typewriter keyboards, spell checkers, personal digital assistants, address books, language translators, dictionaries or any similar devices are prohibited.

Complete Job Description & Qualifications

Download the following file for the complete job description and qualifications for the Recreation Center Senior Assistant #67435 (City of Olean) position.

PARTICIPATION IN MULTIPLE EXAMINATIONS: If you have applied for both State and Local government examinations, you must take all your examinations at the State examination center. You will be advised by letter when and where to report for your examinations.

If you have applied for another local government examination with another local civil service agency, call or write each civil service agency to make arrangements. You must notify all government civil service agencies with whom you have filed an application of the test site at which you wish to take your examination.

SATURDAY SABBATH OBSERVERS - HANDICAPPED PERSONS: If special arrangements for testing are required, please indicate this on your application(s).

CANDIDATES PLEASE NOTE: Your application for this test is part of the examination process. Applications must be completely filled out with all pertinent information stated. The Commission does not refer to other applications on file for additional information. Applications which do not show training and/or experience to meet the minimum qualifications will be disapproved. Vagueness and ambiguity will not be resolved in your favor.

VETERANS: Disabled and non-disabled war veterans who are eligible for additional credits must submit an application for veterans' credits. Candidates who wish to claim veterans' credits on an examination should request an application and information sheet from the Cattaraugus County Civil Service Commission. Veterans' application forms will also be available upon request at the examination center. The completed forms must be received before the eligible list for the examination is established in order to utilize additional credits.

Effective January 1, 2014, War-time Veterans who previously used non-disabled veterans credits for appointment or promotion and are subsequently certified by the Veteran's Administration as a disabled veteran may again be eligible for additional exam credits. To apply for subsequent disabled veteran credits, complete the Veteran Credit application and check the applicable box, additionally you are required to follow the directions below regarding Disabled Veterans credits.

Effective January 1, 1998, the State Constitution was amended to permit a candidate currently in the armed forces to apply for and be conditionally granted veteran's credit in examinations. Any candidate who applies for such credit must provide proof of military status to receive the conditional credit. No credit may be granted after the establishment of the list. It is the responsibility of the candidate to provide appropriate documentary proof indicating that the service was in time of war, as defined in Section 85 of Civil Service Law, and that the candidate received an honorable discharge or was released under honorable conditions in order to be certified at a score including veteran's credits.

In conformance with Section 85-a of the Civil Service Law, children of firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty shall be entitled to receive an additional ten points in a competitive examination for original appointment in the same municipality in which his or her parent has served. If you are qualified to participate in this examination and are a child of a firefighter or police officer killed in the line of duty in this municipality, please inform this office of this matter when you submit your application for examination. A candidate claiming such credit has a minimum of two months from the application deadline to provide the necessary documentation to verify additional credit eligibility. However, no credit may be added after the eligible list has been established.


Applications for Recreation Center Senior Assistant #67435 (City of Olean) will be accepted up to Friday, October 12, 2012, and may be obtained by downloading from the following links.

Application Forms

Cattaraugus County an Equal Opportunity Employer

Town(s): City of Olean