Job Posting: Architectural Designer

Department of Transportation

Architectural Designer

$5,849.00 - $8,380.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

In accordance with Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-33-20 and, as a result of the COVID-19 rapid out-break, Caltrans will continue its hiring practices as they are deemed necessary to “maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure…,” Candidates who participate in the interview process will be considered essential in promoting this effort and are not in violation of Executive Order N-33-20. Virtual interviews via web portals or phone will be offered as deemed appropriate and feasible by the hiring manager – standard in-person interviews will still be offered if conditions permit. Please speak with the Hiring Unit contact for more information.

The Division of Engineering Services, Structures and Engineering Services (SES), Office of Transportation Architecture (OTA), is recruiting for multiple Architecural Designers (AD).  These positions are located across California in the following Counties:  Humboldt, Shasta, Sacramento, Alameda, San Luis Obispo, Fresno, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Inyo, San Joaquin, San Diego, and Orange.


Under the general supervision of the Branch Chief, a Senior Architect, of the SES, OTA, the AD performs entry-level design and drafting work on transportation-related buildings and facilities. The AD assists registered architects and engineers in developing project scopes and estimates, preliminary architectural designs, draft specifications, contract documents, and other related duties. As knowledge and skills are developed, the AD performs work on design projects of average complexity.

Cutoff Dates for application review:


08/25/2022 at 5:00 p.m.

09/25/2022 at 5:00 p.m.

10/25/2022 at 5:00 p.m.

11/25/2022 at 5:00 p.m.


You must be on the Caltrans examination list to be eligible for this position. Eligibility for hire is determined by your score on the exam. The exam is located here:


You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions

These positions are located across California in the following counties: Humboldt, Shasta, Sacramento, Alameda, San Luis Obispo, Fresno, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Inyo, San Joaquin, San Diego, and Orange.

Hybrid/remote telework options are available for the positions.


Position requires periodic travel to Sacramento and project sites which are located statewide. Travel may include driving for extended lengths of time in a state-issued vehicle and overnight stays.


While at their base of operation, employees will work in a climate-controlled office under artificial lighting.  Employees may also be required to travel and work outdoors and may be exposed to dirt, noise, uneven surfaces and/or extreme heat or cold.  DES employees may be given temporary assignments on DES projects throughout the State as workload demands.

New to State candidates will be hired into the minimum salary of the classification or minimum of alternate range when applicable.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Architectural Designer
$5,849.00 - $8,380.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
United States
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

Caltrans Mission: Provide a safe and reliable transportation network that serves all people and respects the environment.

Caltrans Vision: A brighter future for all through a world-class transportation network.

The Caltrans workforce is made up of diverse and unique individuals who contribute to our organizational success. Caltrans is about celebrating diversity, valuing one another, and recognizing that Caltrans is strong not in spite of the diverse attributes of our workforce, but because of our diversity. 

Department Website: 

Frequently Asked Questions for an Applicant:   

Director’s EEO Policy:

Director’s EEO Policy Statement:

Special Requirements

  • License and certificate required.

Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) required.  The SOQ serves as documentation of each candidate’s ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing.  SOQ must be typed and no more than 1 page, single-spaced, using 12-point font. Resumes do not take the place of the SOQ. Please submit SOQ that addresses following:


Please describe the following:


  1. Describe your experience preparing a set of architectural plans and specifications.
  2. Describe your experience with CADD technologies applicable for producing building contract documents.
  3. Describe your experience using graphic software for producing 3D modeling or renderings.  Please describe what have you produced using this software?
  4. Describe your ability to communicate and collaborate effectively both verbally and in writing while working in both an office environment and teleworking.
  5. Describe your knowledge or willingness to learn and work/assist on other aspects of the California Highway system such as architectural & aesthetic design for bridges, tunnels, and retaining walls.
  6. Describe your knowledge or willingness to learn Context sensitive design for both bridge and building design along the California Highway system or within state property.

Candidates that believe they meet the minimum qualifications based on a pattern of education from the classification description (specifications) must provide a copy of their degree, transcripts, license, and/or certificate, along with the State application (STD. 678) to be considered for this position.  If selected for the position in which education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, official sealed transcripts will be required prior to appointment.

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

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply. Individuals who are eligible for a Training and Development assignment may also be considered for this position(s).

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:

Department of Transportation
Attn: Caltrans HR Contact
Certification Services MS-90
P O Box 168036
Sacramento, CA 95816-8036

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Department of Transportation
Caltrans HR Contact
Classification and Hiring Unit - ECOS
1727 30th Street, MS 90
Sacramento, CA 95816
Closed on weekends and State Holidays
08:00 AM - 05:00 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.
  • Other -
    • Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) / Supplemental Questionnaire is required. Please see the Special Requirements section for SOQ instructions.
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:


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Contact Information

The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Hiring Unit Contact:
Meuy Saephan
(916) 826-6378

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:
Caltrans EEO Office
(844) 368-3367
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.

Important Application Information

The STD. 678 is required, and each section must be filled out completely and thoroughly. For mailed or hand delivered applications to be considered for this position, you are required to include the Job Control (JC-317598), PARF (#59-2-578 & 59-2-579) and title of the position (Architectural Designer) on the State application (STD. 678) form.

Electronic applications through your Cal Career Account are highly recommended. 

Candidates that meet the minimum qualifications based on possession of EDUCATION, LICENSE, OR CERTIFICATE must include a copy of your degree/transcripts or LICENSE/CERTIFICATE along with your application (STD. 678) to be considered for this position.

NOTE: Do not submit the “Equal Employment Opportunity” questionnaire (page 5) with your completed State Application (STD. 678). This page is for examination use only.


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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.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail