Civil Service

Employment Information

The Town Civil Service Department is pleased to provide information about Town positions.

Current Openings

The following vacancies are open to the general public.

Typical work activities include but not limited to:

  • During assigned rotation, responds to fire location to investigate cause and origins of fires when requested by the fire protection district/department;
  • Inspects places of public assembly and industrial or commercial buildings for compliance with Town fire prevention code and related codes or laws;
  • Issues violation notices if needed;
  • Responds to emergency reports of natural gas emergencies or carbon monoxide alarms when requested by the fire protection district/department;
  • Testifies in court as expert witness regarding cause and origin of fires;
  • Prepares and conducts fire safety education programs;
  • Takes photographs, collects materials, and conducts field visit to document violation or cause and origin of fires;
  • Responds to requests for information on products or procedures which may affect fire safety;
  • Participates in Town of Colonie Hazardous Material Response Program as "Technician";
  • Testifies in court in regarding building/fire code violations;
  • Maintains required records and reports;
  • Inspects schools for fire safety and compliance with NYS code;
  • May assist in fire suppression activities at fire scenes if qualified and if requested by the ranking member of the fire department at the scene;
  • May act as technical advisor to Fire Chiefs or other fire personnel at fire scenes if qualified and if requested by the ranking member of the fire department at the scene;
  • May assist in the Town "Confined Space" training program.

Typical work activities include but not limited to:

  • Operates a truck in connection with the hauling of material for construction and repair work;
  • Operates a truck to transport workmen, tools and other equipment;
  • Operates a snow plow or related snow removal equipment;
  • Performs minor mechanical repairs on automotive equipment;
  • Services assigned vehicle and maintain it in clean condition;
  • Loads and unloads trucks;
  • On assignment operates heavy equipment for simple tasks associated with the operation of a truck;
  • Performs a variety of simple manual tasks such as digging and filling ditches, spreading asphalt, shoveling snow, using shovels, rakes, scythes and other hand tools.

Typical work activities include but not limited to:

  • Assists in the maintenance or construction of roads, streets, utility and drainage systems by digging and backfilling trenches, spreading asphalt, sand and gravel;
  • Assists in preparation, laying out and maintenance of town properties and areas designated for beautification by clearing, grading, reseeding, weeding and lining;
  • Operates power driven tools and equipment such as but not limited to saws, compressors, drills, mixers, pumps and mowers;
  • Uses hand tools such as shovels, trimmers, forks and rakes in grounds maintenance and beautification work;
  • Loads and unloads trucks and stacks materials and supplies;
  • Acts as flagman on highway work; directs trucks at loading and unloading sites;
  • Assists in erecting or assembling snow fences, barricades, picnic tables and recreation equipment;
  • Performs general clean-up work such as removing debris, raking leaves, cutting grass, and weeds, shoveling snow, and assisting in collection of rubbish and litter from public lands and facilities.
  • Cleans vehicles and buildings;

Typical work activities include but not limited to:

  • Operates bulldozer, power grader, paver, crusher, hydrocrane, power shovel and other types of heavy equipment in construction and maintenance work;
  • Operates backhoe or other excavating equipment with a high degree of skill in assignments such as the installation and repair of pipelines;
  • Operates heavy snow plow in the clearing of roads;
  • Operates a street sweeper;
  • Operates heavy equipment in connection with cutting banks, cutting and filling ditches, removing stumps, stripping gravel pits and related tasks;
  • Performs minor maintenance and repair work on assigned equipment;
  • Loads and unloads vehicles;
  • Maintain the work areas in a clean and safe condition;
  • Performs a variety of simple manual tasks such as digging and filling ditches, spreading asphalt, shoveling snow, etc. using shovels, rakes, trimmers and other hand tools.

Typical work activities include but not limited to:

  • Evaluates all types of residential real estate, justifies residential appraisals, makes preliminary reviews and analyzes appraisal reports from outside appraisers;
  • Conducts assigned field inspections of residential real property for appraisal and reappraisal and makes field notes;
  • Identifies conveyances of real property from metes & bounds descriptions and confers with attorneys, land surveyors and title companies concerning discrepancies;
  • Prepares detailed, factual and analytical reports of the basis for residential valuation estimates including all pertinent data;
  • Reviews deeds and other property records to extract pertinent information;
  • Qualifies taxpayer eligibility for aged, veteran, solar, clergy, paraplegic and disabled exemptions reviewing and extracting pertinent data from documents and records;
  • Reports discrepancies in records of building location, topography, condition, street conditions and improvements;
  • Confers with taxpayers and assessors to explain factors used in determining residential valuation;
  • Upon assignments may participate in some aspects of appraisal of commercial properties;
  • Justifies residential assessment to aggrieved taxpayers; investigates residential assessment complaints to obtain data used in process of Board of Assessment Review;
  • Confers with banks, attorneys and taxpayers concerning residential assessments and makes projection of future taxes;
  • Processes residential subdivisions and concept plans; consults with Engineering and Planning and mapping company to resolve problems;
  • Recommends assessments of newly created residential parcels;
  • Provides technical information to engineering firms hired to prepare and update tax maps.

Typical work activities include but not limited to:

  • Directs traffic at crosswalks near school;
  • Assists children crossing street;
  • Slows down traffic in school zone;
  • Instructs younger children concerning proper place and precautions to be taken when crossing street.

Typical work activities include but not limited to:

  • Meets with clients and conducts interviews to determine eligibility for programs or services;
  • Works with older people and their families and provides support and assistance;
  • Develops, maintains and provides clerical supervision of information and referral files, brochures and outreach materials;
  • Assists the Director in planning and implementing community programs such as Equinox, HEAP, informational programs, and other activities;
  • Provide health insurance and entitlement counseling;
  • Maintains a SHIP certification necessary under the HICAP grant to provide direction and advice regarding Medicare options;
  • Visits clients at home to conduct assessment of potential services needed, and develop appropriate service plan;
  • Attends meetings of organizations or groups involved in programs and services to the aging population;
  • Assists the Director in identifying and researching trends in aging and assists in the planning of future aging services;
  • Maintains client records as required on the Town data base (Peer Place database);
  • Participates as a team member in providing programs or services to seniors and/or their families, including satellite services and community outreach;
  • Assists in the planning and implementation of department events including but not limited to health fairs, benefit assistance days, outreach and seasonal programs.

Typical work activities include but not limited to:

  • Directs the overall administration of the Town’s Sanitary Sewer District to assure the most efficient and economical use of personnel, equipment and supplies;
  • Plans, assigns, and coordinates the activities of District personnel in executing the duties and responsibilities of the District;
  • Develops master plans for major equipment purchases, infrastructure and treatment plant improvements, expansion and rehabilitation;
  • Directs the construction, rehabilitation and repair of sanitary sewer infrastructure, pump stations and wastewater treatment facilities;
  • Responsible for compliance with local, state and federal laws, regulations, permits and ordinances pertaining to wastewater collection, treatment and disposal;
  • Prepares the annual budget for the District and approves expenditures of funds;
  • Responsible for the management of the District’s safety programs;
  • Administers provisions set forth by labor contracts with Town bargaining units;
  • Negotiates contracts with engineers, architects, contractors, etc. for evaluation, expansion, rehabilitation and repair of the sanitary sewer collections system, pumping stations, and wastewater treatment plant; Interacts with Town, County, State and Federal officials and agencies to maintain cooperative relationships;
  • Meets with design professionals and developers regarding project sanitary sewer issues;
  • Directs the review of commercial and residential subdivision proposals requiring extension of the Town public sanitary sewer system and parcels requiring connection to the Town public sanitary sewer system;
  • Evaluates requests from commercial and industrial facilities concerning wastewater discharge to the Town sewer system and assesses their impact on collection system infrastructure and wastewater treatment facilities;
  • Directs the management of the wastewater collection system asset inventory and preventative maintenance programs as they relate to the Town’s Geographic Information System (GIS);
  • Directs the investigation of complaints and damage claims concerning the Town’s sanitary sewer system and makes recommendation for denial or acceptance of the claim to the Town Attorney; maintains good customer relations;
  • Recommends Division organizational changes to the Commissioner of Pubic Works and Town Board.

Typical work activities include but not limited to:

  • Inspects construction sites in Town for compliance to Storm Water Management local laws;
  • Monitors compliance to local laws and related permits for Town facilities, right-of-ways and other public areas;
  • Responds to complaints of Storm Water Management local laws;
  • Issues orders to remedy for violations;
  • Maintains inspection logs and related reports;
  • Participates in community education programs;
  • May train highway crews in various Storm Water practices;
  • Investigates origins of illicit discharge to Town Storm Water system;
  • Issues citations for violations;
  • Advises supervisor when practices are not in compliance with NYDEC regulations;
  • Accepts escrow checks for outstanding projects;
  • Maintains records of escrow checks and reconciles the funds with the Comptroller;
  • Participates in plan review of construction site for compliance with Storm Water Management local laws;
  • Prepares records and reports as necessary.

Typical work activities include but not limited to:

  • Operates torches, arc and gas welders, hydraulic presses, drill presses and other equipment necessary to welding duties in the repair and fabrication of metal parts and equipment;
  • Plans and lays out work to be performed;
  • Repairs damaged or broken parts of snow plows, trucks, heavy operating equipment;
  • Replaces blades, equipment buckets, brackets, cables, etc., on a variety of highway equipment;
  • Designs parts and equipment for more efficient operation;
  • Rebuilds plows, frames, mounts, hoppers and similar equipment and parts;
  • Assists in general automotive maintenance by performing minor mechanical tasks, tune-ups, changing tires;
  • Performs welding repairs for other departments as time permits;
  • Assists in various general maintenance tasks throughout the Department as time permits;
  • Operates vehicles that may include trailers;
  • Maintains inventory of welding materials and supplies.
Summer / Seasonal Employment

The Civil Service department is currently accepting applications for Summer / Seasonal vacancies. To be considered, visit our office to submit an application or mail it in.

How to Apply for Employment

To submit an application for employment with the Town of Colonie, follow the steps below:

  • Obtain a Civil Service Application for Employment or Examination. Applications are also available at our office or online using our Application for Employment or Examination form.
  • Complete all sections of the application in detail, even if you elect to attach a resumé to your application form.
  • Review residency requirements as listed in each job announcement.
  • An original signature is required on all applications.
  • Submit your application with the appropriate filing fee in-person, by mail, or by online credit card payment.
    • If you submit your payment in-person or by mail, we only accept checks or money orders which must be made payable to the Town of Colonie Civil Service.
    • To submit your payment online, visit our Velocity Payments Online Portal. Note that if you use the online credit card payment, you will be responsible for the processing fee in addition to the exam fee.
  • Additional forms (i.e. Cross-Filing form, Veteran's Credit application, Change of Address form, etc.) are available at the Document Center.
Keep in mind:

If you are applying for a specific opening or civil service exam, ensure that your application and appropriate filing fee are received by our department no later than 4:30pm on the last filing date or postmarked by the United States Postal Service one day prior to the last filing date for an examination.

All forms must be legible (printed neatly or typewritten).


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534 New Loudon Road
Latham, NY 12110

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