Treatment Program Asst. Trainee Jobs With State Starting at $42,986

Oct. 30 Deadline, $35 Fee; Residency Not Required; Spanish-Language Posts Available

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New York State is accepting applications for Alcohol & Substance Abuse Treatment Program Assistant Trainees through Oct. 30 for tests to be held Dec. 14. Spanish Language posts are also available. The testing fee is $35.

The salary is $42,986. Appointees who work in New York City or in Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland or Westchester counties will receive an additional $3,026 annual downstate adjustment. Appointees who work in Dutchess, Orange or Putnam Counties will receive an additional $1,513 annual mid-Hudson adjustment.


On or before Dec. 14, applicants must have either 1) two years of qualifying experience or 2) an associate degree or higher in an approved area, or 3) current certification as a New York State Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor Trainee (CASAC-T).

Qualifying experience consists of professional or paraprofessional experience in a program whose primary mission is alcohol- and/or substance-abuse treatment. The program can be in a hospital, correctional facility, school, community-based prevention/intervention program or other addiction-recovery program. Experience must include all of the following functions: Individual or group counseling; intake/assessment; treatment planning; case work; and consultation.

Counseling or casework experience must have focused primarily on the establishment of an ongoing, one-to-one relationship with clients to establish and maintain recovery and prevent relapse. Group experience must have focused primarily on responsibility for conducting group sessions designed to provide the participants with services for alcohol/substance-abuse problems.

Approved associate or higher degree areas for these examinations are: anthropology, audiology, child development/family relations, community mental health, chemical dependence administration, correctional studies, counseling/guidance, criminal justice, education, gerontology, health administration, health education, human services, nursing, nutrition, pastoral counseling, psychology, public justice, rehabilitation counseling, religious studies, social work, sociology, special education, speech pathology, therapy (including art, dance, drama, music, occupational, physical and recreational) and vocational counseling.

Candidates expecting to meet the educational requirements by June 30, 2020, can be admitted to the written test, but cannot be considered for appointment until they submit proof of successful completion of the educational requirement.

Those applicants who pass the examination for No. 26-819 Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment Program Assistant Trainee (Spanish Language) will be required to demonstrate their language proficiency. Only enough candidates to fill current vacancies will be called to the proficiency test.

Those who submit an application for Substance Abuse Treatment Program Assistant Trainee (Spanish language) posts will also have an application for the Substance Abuse Treatment Program Assistant Trainee automatically submitted at no additional cost.


The written exam is designed to test for knowledge, skills and/or abilities in such areas as preparing written material. Questions in this section will measure applicants’ ability to present information clearly and accurately, and to organize paragraphs logically and comprehensibly.

It also will assess an applicant’s ability to advise and interact with others. 

Another section will measure applicants’ ability to understand and interpret written material. They will be provided with brief reading selections and asked questions about the selections. 

Final passing scores are 70 or higher. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime Veterans' and Civil Service Law Section 85-a credits to final scores.

Because of the nature of the position, there is an investigative screening that may include a thorough character investigation. All convictions must be reported.

The eligible list resulting from this examination will be used to fill one-year traineeships leading to Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment Program Assistant positions.

Appropriate part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a prorated basis. New York State residence is not required.

More information on the positions and testing requirements can be found online at

The test number for Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment Program Assistant Trainee is 26-814. For the Spanish Language post, the test number is 26-819.

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