Student Assistant - Design Division/Survey/Georaphy Information Systems (Los Angeles)

University Enterprises, Inc. – Los Angeles, CA

The California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) is looking to hire a student assistant to work under the close supervision of a Senior Transportation Surveyor within the office of Surveys. In a learning capacity, the student assistant is required to assist geospatial staff with the creation of various Geographic Information System (GIS) database(s) and Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI) mapping products including, but not limited to inputs or conversion of geospatial datasets. The student assistant works closely with other CALTRANS staff to successfully complete various GIS projects; they also works collaboratively with Caltrans staff to define specific needs and workflows to successfully deliver GIS products that meet user needs.

Conditions of Employment

This is a part-time, temporary, non-benefited, student position. Employment in all positions with University Enterprises, Inc. is dependent upon the mutual consent of University Enterprises, Inc. and the employee. This means that either University Enterprises, Inc. or the employee can, at any time, terminate the employment relationship at will, with or without cause.

Depending on the type of position you are applying for, a pre-employment background check consisting of one or more of the following may be conducted, employment history, professional references, criminal check, educational verification (i.e., degree, license, or official transcript) and physical exam and drug urinalysis test. Applicants will be required to pass required pre-employment checks to the satisfaction of University Enterprises, Inc. (UEI) and the hiring Agency or Department.

Work Schedule

Flexible hours, Monday through Friday, between 8:00am and 5:00pm. Final work schedule to be determined between supervisor and student.

Additional Work Schedule

Student Assistant and Graduate Assistant employees generally work up to 20 hours per work week (Sunday Saturday) during the academic year and up to 40 hours per work week during breaks; Winter, Spring & Summer.

Student Assistants are not permitted to telecommute or work remotely.

Area Los Angeles
On/Off Sacramento State Campus Off Campus
Worksite City Los Angeles
Pay Range $14.25 - $20.14 per hour
Department/Agency California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS)
Unit/Division Design Division
Project Description

Caltrans manages more than 50,000 miles of Californias highway and freeway lanes, provides inter-city rail services, permits more than 400 public-use airports and special-use hospital heliports, and works with local agencies. Caltrans carries out its mission of providing a safe, sustainable, integrated and efficient transportation system to enhance Californias economy and livability, with six primary programs: Aeronautics, Highway Transportation, Mass Transportation, Transportation Planning, Administration and the Equipment Service Center. To learn more please visit

Majors/Fields of Study Geography, Landscape Architecture, Graphic Design, Civil Engineering, Other - Land surveying, GIS
Minimum Qualifications
  • Knowledge of elementary principles of algebra and geometry and their application to engineering.
  • Must have the ability to apply engineering classroom instruction to work situations.
  • Must have the ability to follow oral and written instructions and learn operating procedures and methods.
  • Must have the ability to establish and maintain friendly and cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Must be able to use simple business machines.
  • Must have knowledge of computers and computer related communications technology.
  • Must be able to prepare and maintain accurate records.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and database management.
  • Must be reliable and have great attention to detail.
  • Must maintain a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA.
  • Must have completed at least four (4) undergraduate-level courses in geographic information systems, remote sensing, surveying, databases, programming, or a closely related field.


    Must be a college student attending classes during the regular term (Fall, Spring and Winter, if applicable), at one of the accredited colleges or universities on our affiliation list.

    To view our current affiliation list please paste the following URL into your browser: List.pdf

    Students must be enrolled at a minimum in; six semester units or nine quarter units for undergraduate students; four semester units or six quarter units for graduate students.

    Students declared major must match the major(s) listed in the job posting.

    Position Description

    Preferred Qualifications

    Past experience in computer-aided drafting is advantageous.

    Duties and Responsibilities
  • Utilizes GIS software products (Such as ESRIs ArcMap, ArcCatalog, ArcGIS Online, ext.) and concepts of enterprise GIS infrastructure to assist in the input, development, compilation and deployment of GIS related products to users within Caltrans and the general public (as required).
  • Assist in information exchange using database design concepts and business systems logic within a database platform, through an ESRI environment.
  • Creates, edits, and manipulates CADD data products to incorporate into GIS group for enterprise usage.
  • Provide testing and troubleshooting of products and services created by the GIS group and provide necessary recommendations for changes to ensure consistency.
  • Provides basic assistance and presentations on database connections, ArcGIS server services and/or ArcGIS online to associated Departments and Divisions.
  • On an ongoing basis, continue knowledge and expertise in GIS technologies (ESRI, open source and others), document future technological changes which might impact Caltrans and provide written recommendations, best practices, and work-flows for enterprise GIS within Caltrans.

  • Physical Requirements

    Sit for extended periods; frequently stand and walk; manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination; corrected hearing and vision to normal range; verbal communication; use of office equipment including computer workstations, telephones, calculators, copiers, printers, scanners, and fax machines, with or without a reasonable accommodation.

    Working Conditions

    Work is performed in an office environment.

    Hours Per Week Students (part-time) 0-20 hours per week during the academic year, up to 40 hours per week during breaks; (Winter, Spring and Summer). (NSTU)
    Posting Date 05/13/2019
    Closing Date 06/30/2019
    Open Until Filled No
    Special Instructions to Applicant

    Please complete all fields of the employment application. Include your educational history in the Educational Experience section and any employment history in the Employment Experience section of our application.

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