Monroe County, NY

Application Forms and Study Guides


Application Forms

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If you are interested in applying for employment with Monroe County, please print and complete each page of the Employment/Civil Service Exam Application.

For assistance in completing your application, you may also refer to the Application Completion Guidelines.

If you apply for more than one Civil Service Exam, you must complete one application for each exam you wish to take.

Most exams require that you pay a non-refundable application processing fee. Check the exam announcement to see if a fee is required. Only checks or money orders are acceptable for payment. Payment must accompany your application. In some cases, the fee is waived because of financial hardship. Check the exam announcement and the last page of the application for details.

If you have applied for one or more examinations offered by Monroe County and the City of Rochester, New York State or another County Civil Service Commission on the same date, you must complete a crossfiler form. You do not need to fill out this form if you are taking multiple exams with one agency.

Veterans wishing to claim additional examination credits as a veteran or disabled veteran of a period of war or conflict as prescribed by the Veteran’s Administration must file Form VC-1 and/or Form VC-4 along with a copy of their discharge papers (DD-214) prior to 30 days after the examination date.

As defined by the Veterans Administration, all service during the following time periods qualifies for the additional credit:

  • World War I: April 6, 1917 - November 11, 1918
  • World War II: December 7, 1941 - December 31, 1946
  • Korean Conflict: June 27, 1950 - January 31, 1955
  • Viet Nam Conflict: February 28, 1961 - May 7, 1975
  • Persian Gulf Conflict: August 2, 1990 - the date upon which such hostilities end

The following periods of service qualify for those individuals that received the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Navy Expeditionary Medal, or the Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal:

  • Hostilities in Lebanon: June 1, 1983 - December 1, 1987
  • Hostilities in Grenada: October 23, 1983 - November 21, 1983
  • Hostilities in Panama: December 20, 1989 - January 31, 1990

If the exam you are taking requires a qualifying typing performance test and you have already completed a typing test, please read and complete a Typing Test Waiver Form. The exam announcement will inform you if a typing test is required and the minimum words per minute required to qualify.

If the exam you are taking requires a qualifying stenographic performance test and you have already completed a stenographic test, please read and complete a Stenographic Test Waiver Form. The exam announcement will inform you if a stenographic test is required and the minimum words per minute required to qualify.


Study Guides for Civil Service Exams

The following Civil Service Exam Study Guides for selected entry-level titles are available in PDF format. 

Also helpful is the Application Completion Guide and the Civil Service Reference Guide

Download the How to Take a Written Exam

Download the Account/Audit Clerical Series, Entry-Level Study Guide

Download the Caseworker Series Study Guide

Download the Clerical/Steno/Typist Series, Entry-Level Study Guide

Download the Correction Officer Series, Entry-Level Study Guide

Download the Custodians and Janitors Series, Entry-Level Study Guide

Download the Custodians and Janitors Series, High-Level Study Guide

Download the Dietitian and Nutritionist Series Study Guide

Download the Fire Chief/Assistant Fire Chief Series Study Guide

Download the Firefighter Series Study Guide

Download the First-Line Correctional Supervisor Series Study Guide

Download the Food Service/School Lunch Manager Series Study Guide

Download the Higher Level Account Clerical Series Study Guide

Download the Investigator Series (Non-Police) Study Guide

Download the Local Civil Deputy Series Study Guide

Download the Local Court Security Series Study Guide

Download the Parks and Grounds Series Study Guide

Download the Police Chief/Assistant Chief Series Study Guide

Download the Police Officer/Deputy Sheriff Series, Entry-Level Study Guide

Download the Police Supervisors/Investigator Series Study Guide

Download the Probation and Parole Series, Entry-Level Study Guide 

Download the Public Health Technician Series Study Guide

Download the Safety and Security Series Study Guide

Download the Second- and Third-Line Police Supervisors Series, Study Guide

Download the Senior Stenographer/Senior Typist Series Study Guide

Download the Social Welfare Examiner Series Study Guide

Download the State and Local Investigator Series Study Guide

Download the Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator/Trainee Series Study Guide

Monroe County Civil Service does not review or endorse any commercially available study guides, but the Central Library does have a Job Information Center that can be of assistance in exam preparation.

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County Holiday Schedule

Please plan accordingly

Monroe County will observe the following holidays.

  • New Year's Day
    Wednesday, January 1, 2014
  • Martin Luther King, JR. Day
    Monday, January 20, 2014
  • Presidents DAY
    Monday, February 17, 2014
  • Memorial Day
    Monday, May 26, 2014
  • Independence Day
    Friday, July 4, 2014
  • Labor Day
    Monday, September 1, 2014
  • Columbus Day
    Monday, October 13, 2014
  • Election Day
    Tuesday, November 4, 2014
  • Veterans' Day
    Tuesday, November 11, 2014
  • Thanksgiving Day
    Thursday, November 27, 2014
  • Day After Thanksgiving
    Friday, November 28, 2014
  • Christmas Day
    Thursday, December 25, 2014