College of Natural & Social Sciences


Department of Geosciences and Environment

Graduate Assistant

Starting Date:

Beginning Fall semester 2016 and ongoing

Minimum Qualifications:

Degree-seeking graduate student in the Department of Geosciences and Environment to perform computer lab assistance. Graduate Assistants must be registered in a CSU graduate degree program and must be enrolled in courses towards the completion of that graduate degree during the appointment period. Applicants should have the ability to relate well to others within the academic environment, and demonstrate ability and/or interest in working in a multiethnic, multicultural environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

Strong knowledge of general geology or oceanography or natural disaster laboratory teaching materials and equipment. Completion of introductory geology and geology related courses.

Hiring Criteria:

Appointments as a Graduate Assistant are made based on evidence of academic achievement, potential for academic success and expressed interest in, and availability for, performing the described duties of a Graduate Assistant.


Under the general supervision of the faculty member, the Graduate Assistant will provide assistance in preparing laboratory materials used in Earth Revealed, or Oceanography, or Natural Disasters laboratory courses. Primary duties will include assisting faculty with preparation of course materials, organizing the storage of materials, preparing materials for instruction, assisting with demonstrations, tutoring of students and replacement and repair of missing or broken teaching items as needed. Other duties may include classroom clean-up and design and construction of mineral, rock, and fossil displays. May perform clerical or other routine tasks such as grading laboratory exercises and examinations, recording grades, etc. Some supervision of non-GE laboratory sections or students may be required on Saturdays.


Current Graduate Assistant rate for an average of 20 hours per week.

The University:

California State University, Los Angeles is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system. With over 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs led by award-winning faculty, Cal State LA’s dedication to access and excellence has been recognized nationally.  Founded in 1947, the University is located just minutes from downtown Los Angeles, adjacent to the San Gabriel Valley, and serves more than 27,000 students who reflect the rich ethnic and racial diversity of the area. As a federally recognized Hispanic-serving and Minority-serving institution, Cal State LA recognizes the transformative power of education and embraces its duty to identify and serve the needs of all of its students. This longstanding commitment is reflected in its history as home to the nation’s first Chicano Studies program, second Pan-African Studies program, as well as Latin American and Asian and Asian American Studies programs.

Required Documentation:

Standard documentation includes: letter of application, curriculum vita, GET print-out verifying enrollment in a program of graduate study in this department, two letters of recommendation and the University’s Application for Academic Employment form. Employment contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.


Address applications and required documentation (preferably in pdf format) and/or requests for information to:

Dr. Stephen Mulherin, Interim Chair
[email protected]
Department of Geosciences and Environment
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032

Exceptions to minimum qualifications may be granted at the sole discretion of the hiring department/authority.

In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex or sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran status.


Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause undue hardship.