·         LAST FILING DATE:         JUNE 24, 2020          

·         WRITTEN TEST DATE:    AUGUST 1, 2020

·         COUNTY ANNUAL SALARY $41,290

·         GRADE 17




All statements made on the application may be verified and the backgrounds of successful candidates are subject to investigation by the appointing authority.




The application processing fee is $40. Application may be made via the internet at www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Civil-Service.  Payment must be made by VISA or MasterCard credit card and there will be an additional convenience fee of $1.95.  An acknowledgement of receipt of application will be sent to all internet applicants via e-mail.  Application may also be made using the Suffolk County Application for Employment (Forms CS-205A and CS-205B).  Make your check or money order payable to the Suffolk County Department of Human Resources, Personnel and Civil Service.  Do not send cash.  Please indicate the examination title and the last four digits of your Social Security number on the face of your check or money order.  A separate application and processing fee are required for each examination (identified by examination number) for which you are applying.  The application processing fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. 


The application processing fee may be waived for Suffolk County residents who are veterans, auxiliary police, firefighters, members in good standing of a local fire district or ambulance company, volunteer CERT members and members of the Suffolk County Police Explorers program. The fee may also be waived if you are unemployed and primarily responsible for the support of a household and for recipients of Medicaid, SSI, Public Assistance or those in a training program under the Job Training Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act administered by a state or local social service agency. Internet applicants should complete the “Request for Application Fee Waiver and Certification” form on-line. All other applicants should complete a “Request for Application Fee Waiver and Certification” form and submit it with your application (Forms CS-205A and CS-205B).  All claims for application fee waiver are subject to verification. 




The eligible list for this title will be used to fill future vacancies in the Suffolk County Department of Social Services.




An employee in this class performs entry-level professional social work for individuals and families.  Work differs from that of a Caseworker Trainee in that a position in this class requires proficiency in both the Spanish and English languages.  Trainees receive continuous on-the-job training while performing duties of a limited professional nature.  The incumbent works closely with professional supervisors, and all work is subject to review through frequent consultation and examination of work performed.  After one (1) year of continuous service as a permanent Caseworker Trainee (Spanish Speaking), the incumbent achieves permanent competitive status as a Caseworker (Spanish Speaking) without further examination.  Does related work as required.




Graduation from a college with federally-authorized accreditation or registration by NY State with a Bachelor's Degree*.  Candidates enrolled in their final semester of baccalaureate studies will be permitted to compete in this examination on a pending basis.  Pending candidates who fail to complete all degree requirements by June 30, 2020 will be disqualified from the competition and all pending candidates passing the examination must furnish proof that degree requirements were completed by this date.


Necessary Special Requirement

At the time of appointment and during employment in this title, employees must possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State.


*Please attach to the application a copy of your college transcript(s) which must have your name, college name, and date of graduation printed on it by the institution.  Grade reports, incomplete transcripts and other similar documents are unacceptable. 




The examination for this position will consist of two parts: 


I.          The written test will cover knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in such areas as:


1.      Establishing and maintaining effective helping relationships in a social casework setting;

2.      Interviewing (Caseworker);

3.      Preparing written material.


Note:  The use of calculators is permitted for this examination.  


II. Spanish Language Proficiency Test (Reading and Speaking):  Candidates who pass the written examination and do not qualify for a waiver* of the Spanish language proficiency test will be scheduled for the language test as the needs of the service require.  This part of the examination will be administered during the work week (Monday – Friday) and is designed to evaluate reading and speaking proficiency in the Spanish language at a level appropriate for the position(s) being filled.  Candidates must pass both parts of the examination in order to be eligible for appointment.  Rank on the eligible list will be determined by the written test scores only, plus veterans’ credits if applicable.


Note:  *A candidate may be eligible for waiver of the Spanish language proficiency test on the basis of a previous performance test administered by the Suffolk County Department of Human Resources, Personnel and Civil Service or present employment in a jurisdiction serviced by the Suffolk County Department of Human Resources, Personnel and Civil Service. Details explaining the waiver policy are available upon request from the Department of Human Resources, Personnel and Civil Service Department.


Candidates must pass all parts of the examination in order to be eligible for appointment.  Rank on the eligible list will be determined by the written test scores plus veteran’s credits where applicable.


This examination is being prepared and rated in accordance with Section 23(2) of the Civil Service Law.  The provisions of the New York State Civil Service Law, Rules and Regulations dealing with the preparation and rating of examinations, as well as establishment and certification of eligible lists for positions in the classified service will apply to this examination.  Candidates who file for Caseworker examinations with more than one civil service agency will be required to use the score received in this examination subject to the following terms and conditions: 


(1)      A candidate is permitted to take a Caseworker examination prepared by the NYS Department of Civil Service only once during each of the following defined periods of January 1 – June 30 and July 1 – December 31. 

(2)      A candidate who applies and is approved for more than one Caseworker examination during the same six-month period (January 1 – June 30 or July 1 – December 31) is required to use the score resulting from a single test administration for all examinations held during the same six-month period. 

(3)      The candidate must inform the civil service agency if he/she has previously taken a Caseworker examination in any other civil service agency and provide the location and date the examination was taken. 

(4)      A candidate must pay application fees for each examination requiring such fees. 

(5)      A candidate’s placement on resultant eligible list(s) and duration of eligibility for appointment will be determined by the civil service agency conducting the examination(s).




1.                  Should it become necessary to amend any part of this announcement, the Department of Huma Resources, Personnel and Civil Service reserves the right to make such amendment on the Department’s web page without notification to applicants.  The most current copy of this announcement is available during the filing period at www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Civil-Service.

2.                  Expanded Description of the examination subtests is available by requesting a copy from the Suffolk County Department of Human Resources, Personnel and Civil Service in Hauppauge.  A self-addressed, stamped 9 ½” X 4” envelope must accompany this request.

3.                  Candidates who apply for this examination and who have not heard from the Suffolk County Department of Human Resources, Personnel and Civil Service by July 29, 2020 are advised to contact the Civil Service Department before the written test date at (631) 853-5500.

4.                  You can view your room assignment and exam site on our home page at www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Civil-Service under “Candidate Exam Room Assignment Search” seven days prior to the examination date.





DATE PREPARED:  February 13, 2020






1.                  Paper applications are available at the Suffolk County Department of Human Resources, Personnel and Civil Service in Hauppauge and at the Riverhead County Center display, or by sending a stamped, self-addressed 9 ½” X 4”envelope for each title to:  Suffolk County Department of Human Resources, Personnel and Civil Service, P.O. Box 6100, Hauppauge, NY  11788-0099.

2.                  Applications postmarked after midnight of the last filing date may not be considered eligible for this examination.

3.                  Unless otherwise stated, candidates must meet the minimum qualifications by the date of the written test, or last filing date in the case of training and experience evaluations.  Unless otherwise stated part-time experience will be pro-rated.

4.                  Candidates found ineligible to compete in the written examination may appeal to the Department of Human Resources, Personnel and Civil Service for reconsideration prior to the written test date appearing on this announcement.  Appeals received on or after the announced written test date will not be considered.

5.                  Candidates who fail the examination, or who fail to appear for the examination as scheduled, will be eliminated from further consideration for purposes of this competition.  Unless otherwise specified, the final rank order of the eligible list will be determined on the basis of the scored received on the written test, plus veterans’ credits where appropriate.

6.                  Eligible applicants will be notified when and where to appear for examination.  If an application is rejected, due notice will be sent.

7.                  Unless specifically prohibited by the examination instructions, candidates are permitted to use quiet, hand-held, solar or battery powered calculators.  Devices with typewriter keyboards, spell-checker, personal digital assistant, address books, language translators, dictionaries and any similar devices are prohibited.

8.                  When the examination is prepared and rated by the Suffolk County Department of Human Resources, Personnel and Civil Service, the provisions of the Suffolk County Civil Service Rules dealing with the rating of examination will apply.

9.                  When the written examination is prepared and rated by the New York State Department of Civil Service in accordance with Section 23-2 of the Civil Service Law, the provisions of the New York State Civil Service Rules and Regulations which deal with the rating of examination will apply.

10.              The eligible list established as a result of this examination will remain in force for at least one year and may be extended by the Department of Human Resources, Personnel and Civil Service Department for a maximum of four years.  Changing conditions may make it necessary to certify to future vacancies at higher or lower salaries than those announced.

11.              Information regarding eligibility for veterans’ credits appears on the open-competitive application form.

12.              Pursuant to 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 added to a passing score attained in a competitive examination for original appointment in the same municipality in which his or her parent served.  If you are qualified to participate in this examination, and you are the child of a firefighter or police officer killed in the line of duty, please so notify us in writing when you submit your application for examination.  A candidate claiming such credit must submit appropriate documentation to verify eligibility to receive these additional credits before the eligible list is established.  No additional credits will be granted after the eligible list is established.

13.              Inquiries may be made as to character and ability and all statements made by candidates are subject to verification.  Some employers may require the candidate to be fingerprinted and to pass a background investigation.

14.              Candidates must be medically, physically and psychologically capable of performing the duties of the job.  Candidates who are appointed to positions in the Suffolk County service may be required to pass qualifying medical and/or physical and/or psychological evaluations.

15.              Residency is not required for taking any examinations.  However, some non-county jurisdictions, such as schools, libraries, etc., give hiring preference to residents.  Some towns also require employees to establish residency within the township.  For employment in a Suffolk County Department, with only limited exceptions set forth in Suffolk County Law, residency within Suffolk County is required throughout employment with the county.  In any case in which residency preference is given, the appointee(s) must meet a specific residency standard as defined in the Civil Service Rules.

16.              Saturday Sabbath Observers and handicapped persons:  If special arrangements for testing are required, indicate this on your application.

17.              No smoking is permitted in the building or on the grounds of the examination site.

18.              If you will be on active military duty with the armed forces of the United States on the date of this test, please contact the Suffolk County Department of Human Resources, Personnel and Civil Service before the last filing date appearing on this announcement for alternate test date information.

19.              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, so they can make arrangements for taking all tests at one test site.  All examinations for positions in State government will be held at a State examination center.  If you have any questions, please call the Suffolk County Department of Human Resources, Personnel and Civil Service at (631) 853-5500.

20.              For information regarding a weather-related cancellation of this examination, please refer to our website at www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Civil-Service click on the “Weather Related Exam Cancellations” link.  Civil Service Announcements are shown at the bottom of that page.  The following stations will broadcast notice of cancellation:



                                                            WALK            PATCHOGUE                                     97.5 FM

                                                            WBAB            BABYLON                                        102.3 FM

                                                            WBLI              BABYLON                                        106.1 FM

                                                            WLNG            SAG HARBOR                                    92.1 FM

                                                            WBZO            FARMINGDALE                              103.1 FM

                                                            WRCN            MEDFORD                                        103.9 FM

                                                            NEWS 12 LONG ISLAND   TV CHANNEL 12      website:  www.news12.com




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