New York state Sen. Catharine Young (R, C, I-Olean) and Assemblyman Andy Goodell (R, C, I-Chautauqua County) joined the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision in announcing that a New York state Department of Civil Service test will be administered on Saturday, April 13, as part of a correction officer recruitment effort.
The deadline for filing for the examination is Monday, Feb. 25. The exam for this position is designed for both English and Spanish-speaking applicants, and will be given statewide.
To qualify, those interested must be 21 years or older, a U.S. citizen, resident of New York and possess a high school diploma or GED. Applicants must also have passed medical and psychological screenings, as well as a background investigation. A felony conviction automatically disqualifies anyone from eligibility, while misdemeanor convictions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
"I encourage anyone interested in a career as a correction officer to take the test," said Young. "Visit the website, gather information and see if it might be a good fit. This could be a tremendous opportunity for someone who is looking for a career change or still searching for a good-paying job."
"State correctional personnel provide our residents with an invaluable service," said Goodell. "Correction officers serve our community in a very important capacity. It is a tremendously fulfilling career, compensated at a competitive salary. I encourage qualified residents to apply as soon as possible before (this) month's deadline."
A correction officer trainee starts with a salary of $39,014 per year. After one year of a successful correction officer traineeship, that salary can increase to $46,990 per year.
Information on the test can be found at the Department of Civil Service's website at www.cs.ny.gov/exams. From there, interested parties can apply or download examination information or applications. Additional information can also be obtained by visiting www.doccs.ny.gov, or by calling the Darren Ayotte, the director of personnel at 518-457-9887.