Job Posting: Graduate Student Assistant

State Air Resources Board

Graduate Student Assistant

$2,447.00 - $3,817.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

The Graduate Student Assistant will work under close supervision in a trainee capacity to assist in the performance of professional work.  This classification provides flexible part-time employment that allows students to gain job experience related to their field of study and the opportunity to familiarize themselves with career possibilities in State Service.

Typical tasks that this position may perform include: receiving training from staff, gaining practical experience by observing and assisting with the work performed; assisting in and performing research; analyzing and evaluating data; preparing recommendations, reports and correspondence; observing methods, problems and principles related to departmental assignments; and the incumbent will also gain experience in the methods and ethics of professional conduct and practice.

Examples of specific duties include:

Reviewing regulations and policies, proofreading documents, collecting, analyzing, evaluating, and performing quality control checks of data, preparing and presenting data, maintaining content of databases, reviewing and preparing technical information, interacting with internal and external customers, and proofreading documents.


Working Conditions

CARB will relocate our El Monte facility to Riverside (within the 92507 zip code). The relocation is scheduled to occur in 2021. The new site will be within reasonable walking distance to a variety of amenities and services (restaurants/fast food, banking, grocery stores, post office, fuel stations, etc.). Several freeways, such as the 91, 215, and 60, are easily accessible. Public transit options are available near the proposed location with bus stops within a block and the Downtown Riverside Metrolink Station within approximately 2.5 miles.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Graduate Student Assistant
$2,447.00 - $3,817.00 $14.12 - $22.02 per hour.  This reflects the CA minimum wage increase effective January 1, 2019.
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Los Angeles County
Job Type:
Student Assistant

Department Information

The California Air Resources Board's (CARB) mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy.  The CARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.

CARB has Graduate Student paid internship opportunities in a variety of fields including administration, information technology, legal, and air pollution monitoring and control programs.

Department Website:

Special Requirements

In order to be eligible to apply for this position, you must be registered as a graduate student in a college or university of recognized standing.  Persons appointed during the summer months must produce evidence of eligibility for such registration in the following enrollment period.  You must include a copy of your current unofficial transcript in order to be considered for this position.


Application Instructions

Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Who May Apply

This is a non-testing classification, therefore anyone meeting the minimum qualifications listed on the classification specification may apply for this position. Individuals who are, or have been, a dependent child in foster care, a homeless youth, or a formerly incarcerated youth as defined by Government Code section 18220 are encouraged to apply and will be given priority. If you are applying under this eligibility status, please note on your application your eligibility by stating “preference under Government Code section 18220”. Please note that prior to appointment, individuals claiming preference under one of these categories will be required to furnish documentation establishing their eligibility.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.

Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

State Air Resources Board
Attn: Gena Harmonson
1001 I Street, 20th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Gena Harmonson
1001 I Street, 20th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Drop off on 1st Floor's Visitors' Center, hours don't apply to weekends or state holidays.
07:30 AM - 03:30 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Degree and/or School Transcripts
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

Candidates should be motivated to learn and contribute to the mission of CARB.  The ideal candidates should have the ability to work independently as well as in a team setting, manage time effectively, handle confidential information, apply analytical and critical thinking skills and possess excellent written and verbal communication skills. Additionally candidates should possess experience with Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access.



Salary and pay increases are based on the number of college units completed and time worked. Students have flexible work schedules, and earn paid holidays, vacation and sick leave (upon qualifying time worked).


Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
Gena Harmonson
(916) 324-3294

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
Beverly Bueno
(916) 323-7053
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.