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State of California Franchise Tax Board

Student Assistant and Seasonal Positions

Student Assistants

If you are a college or technical school student, employment as a Student Assistant is an unbeatable opportunity to learn more about your chosen career path.

As a Student Assistant, you:

  • Apply your college courses to real-life scenarios.
  • Receive on-the-job training for professional development.
  • Increase your business world knowledge.
  • Enjoy flexible work hours that accommodate your college schedule.
  • Students typically work 20-25 hours per week during the school year and full-time during school breaks.

Salaries range from $9.00-$12.13 per hour, based on your standing in college or previous work experience in California state service.

You perform a variety of assignments, depending on the area you work in. You may:

  • Provide basic information technology and computer support.
  • Train in audit and collection support.
  • Provide records management services.
  • Respond to basic taxpayer inquiries.
  • Analyze and correct taxpayer return information.
  • Assist with employee requests on human relations matters.

To qualify for a Student Assistant position, you must:

  • Be continuously enrolled in college.
  • Maintain at least six units per semester.
  • Have a 2.0 minimum grade point average.
  • Pass a background investigation.

Seasonal Clerks

We typically post a job opportunity notice each October to hire 100-200 Seasonal Clerks between January and March to help during our peak-filing season.

Salaries range from $9.18-$10.35 an hour.

Many current employees began their careers as Seasonal Clerks! Some worked for us before, during, or after their college years and are now full time employees in a variety of classifications such as Auditor and Tax Counsel (attorneys).

Seasonal Clerks may perform a variety of these assignments and duties:

  • Open, extract, and review contents of incoming mail, including correspondence, tax returns, and related documents.
  • Alphabetically and numerically file and refile tax returns and related documents.
  • Organize, sort, staple, and file tax returns and related documents.
  • Prepare tax documents for scanning.

To qualify for a Seasonal Clerk position you must be able to:

  • Read, write, and speak English.
  • Perform simple clerical work.
  • Follow directions.
  • Pass a background investigation.

Note: If you receive public assistance under the “CalWORKs Program" or "Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)" we give you priority status. Make sure your employment application includes a letter from the County Welfare Department that verifies your public assistance status.

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