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ABOLISHED 02/02/2017 PER PAY LETTER 17-11 - Supervising Photographer, Department of Transportation (2841)

ABOLISHED 02/02/2017 PER PAY LETTER 17-11 - Supervising Photographer, Department of Transportation

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: FK10
  • Class Code: 2841
  • Established: 05/02/1952
  • Revised: 03/27/1990
  • Title Changed: 07/01/1973


Under general direction, to plan, organize, and direct the photographic program of the Department of Transportation; to do the most difficult, complex and sensitive still, motion picture and aerial photography; and to do other related work.

Typical Tasks

Plans, organizes, and directs the photographic program of the Department of Transportation, including the preparation of illustrative material for magazines, newspaper articles, and other reports and publications; photographs activities in connection with State building programs, highway construction, maintenance, testing laboratory, traffic, right of way, and other projects; makes necessary contract arrangements for aerial work; interprets maps and determines ground control points and angles from which pictures are to be made; takes detailed aerial pictures, both vertical and oblique for preliminary engineering studies, location, property appraisal, identification, and progress reports; photographs in black and white and color, with still and motion picture cameras, a wide variety of materials for publication or for illustrated lecture purposes; performs or supervises photographic laboratory processing, including legal photographic work; provides testimony as an expert witness on behalf of the State in civil or criminal litigation cases; consults with attorneys, engineers, architects, right of way agents, and others as to desired pictures; supervises the work of assistants, evaluates their performance, and takes or recommends appropriate action; trains assistants in photographic techniques, including aerial photography; performs simple maintenance and repair work on equipment; orders necessary supplies and equipment; supervises the maintenance of required records, reports, and files.

Minimum Qualifications

Either I


Three years of experience performing the duties of Photographer, or two years of experience performing the duties of Senior Photographer, or one year of experience performing the duties of Supervisor of Photography in the California state service.



Five years of experience in creative photographic work, including at least the equivalent of one year as a Supervising Photographer and six months of full-time aerial photography (photofinishing is not qualifying). (Completion of 12 semester hours of college-level courses in photography may be substituted for one year of the required general nonsupervisory experience.)

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Material Safety Data Sheets; modern photographic methods, techniques, supplies and equipment used in photographic processes; aerial photographic techniques; principles of effective supervision; a supervisor's/manager's role in safety, health, affirmative action, and labor relations and the objectives and the processes available to meet these program objectives.


Ability to: Operate all types of photographic equipment; perform aerial photography; perform color processing and printing; read and write English at a level required for successful job performance; direct the work of others; communicate effectively; analyze situations, adopt an effective course of action, and work cooperatively with others; effectively contribute to the Department's affirmative action objectives.

Special Personal Characteristics

Creative ability; aesthetic judgment; normal color vision. Color vision adequate to successfully perform the job as measured by the Ishihara Pseudo-Chromatic Plate Test or for persons failing the Ishihara, the Farnsworth D-15 Arrangement Test. Willingness to travel throughout the State.

Additional Desirable Qualification

Education equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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