The probationary period is a time when new employees must prove themselves capable of doing the job for which they were hired. The probationary period for competitive employees is 26 weeks, except for some traineeships, where it runs the length of the training period.
The probationary period for labor and non-competitive positions in the county is usually for a period of one year. In non-county jurisdictions (towns, villages, etc.), the length of probationary periods may vary according to the jurisdiction’s bargaining agreement. Other than those non-competitive positions specifically excluded pursuant to section 75 of New York state civil service law, every appointment of a veteran or an exempt volunteer fire fighter to a position in the non-competitive, labor or exempt class is for a probationary term of twenty-six weeks.