LEAD THE FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION: Become the Next CEO of the California High-Speed Rail Authority

Join Us in Shaping the Nation’s First High-Speed Rail System
and Transforming California’s Future

The California High-Speed Rail Authority’s Board of Directors is seeking a Chief Executive Officer to lead the Authority in completing construction of the largest transportation project in the U.S. — the nation’s first fully electrified high-speed passenger rail system. Click the button below to learn more.

CEO Recruitment


Construction Jobs

Looking to make a change? Join our team.

Working on the nation’s first high-speed rail program is exciting, innovative, fast-paced and requires a variety of experts including planners, designers, builders and eventually operators.

Currently, more than 13,100 jobs have been created building high-speed rail in the Central Valley. As construction continues there will continue to be a high demand for electricians, cement workers, steel laborers and more. Job-specific skills are essential in building the supportive structures for the high-speed rail system. These are steady union jobs that provide union wages and benefits. We are seeking individuals who can help us accomplish our objectives, meet new challenges and explore ground-breaking opportunities. Contact the job coordinators for the Design Build Contractors below to find out about jobs on the construction packages.

For more information about jobs with high-speed rail contractors, visit our Contractors page for the latest information about contract opportunities.


Construction Package 1

Tutor Perini/Zachry/Parsons

Yadira Lopez, Job Coordinator

(559) 385-7025

Construction Package 2-3

Dragados/Flatiron Joint Venture

Roxy Aguirre​, Job Coordinator

(559) 749-4051 

Construction Package 4

California Rail Builders

Jenn Hass, Job Coordinator

(661) 438-3440 Ext 25418

Pre-Apprentice Training Programs

The Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board is currently recruiting for its Construction Pre-Apprentice training. This training is in partnership with the Plumbers, Cement Masons, Iron Workers, Teamsters, Sheet Metals Workers, Pipefitters, Electricians and Operating Engineers Building Trades Unions. Visit to sign up. The Authority partnered with the City of Selma to announce the creation of the Central Valley Training Center, a workforce development center to provide pre-apprenticeship classes and hands-on construction training for residents up and down the Central Valley who are looking for work on the nation’s first high-speed rail project. Visit to find out more or to sign up.  

Professional Services Jobs

As part of building the nation’s first high-speed rail system, there has been a tremendous need for professional services including architects, engineers, planners and other related services. Such work is necessary to complete Phase I of the high-speed rail system from San Francisco to the Los Angeles area. Learn more about State of California Jobs and AECOM Jobs (Program Delivery Support).


Putting Small Businesses to Work

Small businesses play a major role in high-speed rail. The Authority is putting small, minority, women, and veteran owned businesses to work and is committed to making active participation of small businesses a priority in all contracting phases of the high-speed rail project. Visit our Small Business page to find out more about the program, or find out how to get connected using our free ConnectHSR online vendor registry.


Get the Facts on Jobs


Jobs dispatched to build high-speed rail
(as of March 31, 2024)






6,811 Total National Targeted Hiring Initiative (NTHI) Workers

494 Total Disadvantaged Workers

8,689 Total Journeyman Workers

1,644 Total Apprentice Workers


*Jobs Created is a comprehensive count of all jobs that have been employed by this project. This number takes into account employees who have worked with one or more subcontractors and have held one or more job(s) on this contract.

 MAP | Construction Package 1-4

map of California Central Valley highlighting locations of high-speed rail construction packages

Construction Package 1-4 Map

State Jobs

Job Openings

Job openings with the California High-Speed Rail Authority are posted on the CalCareers website. Obtaining employment with the California High-Speed Rail Authority involves a competitive testing and application process that consists of two phases. Read below to learn more about how to apply.


How to Apply

All applicants must complete a state application through CalCareer.

Obtaining employment with the California High-Speed Rail Authority involves a competitive testing and application process that consists of two phases:


If you are new to employment with the State of California, you must pass an open examination before applying for job openings. Follow these steps below to complete the examination process.

  1. Search for an Exam – You may only apply for exams designated as “open” if you are new to State employment. Any person meeting the minimum qualifications as stated on the specific exam announcement may apply for open examinations. Browse current open exams Exam/Assessment Search
  2. Apply for an Exam – Review the exam bulletin and determine if you meet all the criteria, including the minimum qualifications and location. Once you‘ve determined you meet the stated criteria, apply for the exam by completing the Standard State Application. Refer to the exam bulletin to determine the preferred method of applying for the exam.
  3. Prepare for the Exam – The exam bulletin indicates the types of testing used for the exam. This may include written tests, structured (oral) interviews, supplemental applications, education and experience, or Internet exam. Review the “Examination Information” section to find what type of test will be used and how the test will be scored. Read the “Examination Scope” section to determine what knowledge, skills, and abilities may be tested.
  4. After the Exam – Successful exam candidates are placed on an employment list and can start applying for job openings in the classification for which they have tested. State eligible lists are divided into ranks by score. Only candidates in the top three ranks are immediately eligible for appointment.


Once you are on an employment list, you may start receiving contact letters from departments recruiting for classifications you tested in. You can browse current job openings and apply for them. After you apply for a job, you may be offered an interview. Interviews are designed to identify the best candidate for that specific job opening. Learn more about the CalHR exam and hiring process.

Student Jobs

There are a variety of opportunities for students to gain experience working on the California high-speed rail project. Students that have worked on the project have gone on to land full-time positions with the State, our prime contractors and small businesses. The Authority, and many other departments throughout California provide Student Assistant jobs covering a wide range of work including information technology, engineering, human resources, and strategic communications. We value students and know they are essential in building the nation’s first high-speed rail system, whether from the office or a construction site.

For more information on how to get involved or how to get a student job with the Authority, check out the I Will Ride page and the Internships and Fellowships page.

General Information

Questions or comments related to job opportunities may be directed to the Authority’s Human Resources Branch at 916-324-1541 or


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