SAN JOSE (KPIX) – Caltrans says they saw good turnout for yet another job fair in the Gulf region on Saturday as they continue to recruit new employees to work for the agency under the Clean California campaign launched by the governor this summer. They are also looking to fill vacancies and plan to recruit through the nine districts in the Gulf region.
“It’s hard, understandable because of the pandemic,” said Byron Lim, the interim program manager of Pure California. “Caltrans is hiring, Caltrans has jobs available, so come on in.”
Governor Newsom announced the $ 1.1 billion project to reduce waste and beautify the state in July with the goal of hiring 11,000 employees.
Caltrans staff said Saturday they have 250 current openings in the Gulf region. While filling jobs remains a challenge in the current economy, California had one of the highest unemployment rates in the country last month and added fewer than 50,000 jobs. The agency says interest is high for their openings because of the benefits and opportunity for growth with state government jobs.
“At the job fair we had in Oakland, we had a terrible response and here, too, we had people in line at 7 a.m.,” said Cheryl Chambers, Caltrans ’deputy district director of foreign affairs.
District 4 includes the Gulf Region for the agency. “Somehow it’s hard, but otherwise because of the pandemic, people are looking for work, people are looking for new industries to work for,” Chambers added.
The openings available now for the Pure California campaign are service-assisted care jobs that are considered low-barrier work. Candidates on Saturday completed all the necessary documents and then waited for an opportunity to interview another day. Chambers says the number of candidates has pushed them to remove on-site interviews so they can accept so many candidates in a four-hour window.
“Everyone, has seen it everywhere and this is a way for Caltrans to bend over backwards, engage the community,” Lim said Saturday about the ongoing problem of garbage along highways.
The agency is looking for people with some licenses or special training to present their qualification as part of the application, but remains open to hiring people from all backgrounds. They do want candidates who are vaccinated, but offer tests for those who want to retire.
“We’re looking for veterans, we’re looking for people with disabilities, people who may have experienced some of the justice system, students, at-risk youth, what do you have, we’re really looking for everyone who’s willing to have. work, ”said Chambers. “We are looking for vaccinated people but that is not a requirement. But we do testing if people are not vaccinated. “
While the current labor market has not affected their workforce at an operational level, they say they always need new workers beyond the jobs created by the governor’s campaign.
“We have the people we need, but there’s always turnover, there’s always retirements, so we’re always looking for new talent,” she said.
If you are unable to attend an upcoming job fair, you can visit http://jobs.ca.gov to apply online.