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DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS:  This is routine work either in a municipal or school office, or municipal or school maintenance program, performed by a student under close supervision in accordance with prescribed routine. Performs related work as required.


In a Municipal or School Office:

  • Opens, sorts, and distributes mail;
  • Sorts, indexes, and files materials alphabetically and numerically;
  • Fills requests for applications, forms, cards, etc.;
  • Answers telephone and personal inquiries and directs callers;
  • Operates office machines;
  • May type from straight copy, rough draft, etc.
  • Performs a variety of related activities as required.


In a Municipal or School Maintenance Program:


  • Uses a shovel, pick, rake, scythe, axe, saws, and other common hand tools as required for particular tasks;
  • Mows and rakes grass using hand or power‑operated machines;
  • Removes snow and ice and sands and salts walks and streets;
  • Collects and disposes rubbish;
  • Does routine painting and performs other similar maintenance work;
  • Weeds gardens and assists in planting flowers and shrubbery;
  • Performs a variety of related activities as required.


  • Dusts furniture, venetian blinds, window ledges, etc.;
  • Sweeps, washes, strips and waxes floors;
  • Washes windows, walls, toilet and lavatory facilities, ashtrays, etc.;
  • Cleans light fixtures and replaces burned out bulbs;
  • Collects and disposes of refuse;
  • May stock and distribute supplies and move furniture;
  • Performs a variety of related activities as required.

Typical Work Activities are intended only as illustrations of possible types of work that might be appropriately assigned to an incumbent of this title. Work activities that do not appear above are not excluded as appropriate work assignments, as long as they can be reasonably understood to be within the logical limits of the job.


Office Work:  clerical aptitude; familiarity with office terminology, procedures, and equipment;

Maintenance Work:  familiarity with minor maintenance and cleaning methods, materials and equipment; ability to understand and follow simple directions; ability to read and write English.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  Qualifications determined by appointing authority.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT:  An employment certificate or permit is required for candidates under eighteen (18) years of age at time of appointment.

NOTE In order to receive appointment in this title, an individual must have student status, have been a student in the preceding school semester, or plan to be a student in the upcoming semester.


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Mission Statement

Our mission is to administer, in a fair and equitable manner, the provisions of New York State Civil Service Law and Putnam County Civil Service Rules with respect to the offices and employments in the classified service of Putnam County and the civil divisions therein, which include the towns, villages, school districts, libraries and special districts.

It is Putnam County Personnel Department’s responsibility to ensure Putnam County taxpayers of a public workforce qualified for their jobs pursuant to the principles of selection according to merit and fitness as set forth in Article 5, §6 of the New York State Constitution.

  • Paul Eldridge

    Personnel Officer

Putnam County Office Building

40 Gleneida Avenue
Carmel, New York 10512

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