Job Posting: Air Pollution Specialist

State Air Resources Board

Air Pollution Specialist

$4,651.00 - $9,000.00

Final Filing Date: 1/2/2019

Job Description and Duties

The Emissions Compliance, Automotive Regulations and Science (ECARS) Division is recruiting for a qualified, self-motivated and creative Air Pollution Specialist (APS) to join the Data Development Services Section (DDSS).  The APS will work with engineers and specialists to develop or maintain Windows or web applications/systems that support ECARS staff and its clients.

DDSS staff are responsible for developing and maintaining Windows and/or web based data systems that support ECARS programs for new vehicle certification, in-use compliance, aftermarket parts, warranty, and vehicle testing performed at the Haagen-Smit Laboratory.  The section provides access to data collected by these systems to various clients within the agency for analysis, program evaluation, enforcement and planning.  The section provides data analytics to clients within ECARS by designing systems that help: identify engine familes failing in-use emission standards, identify engine families with high warranty claims on emission related components, collecting, displaying and processing data from manufacturers requesting vehicle certification.  The section also provides data services by analyzing systems, designing or modifying data retrieval systems, and programming in support of regulatory changes to the aforementioned ECARS programs.  Staff are responsible for verifying emissions data, querying data for our cleints, and ensuring data quality and consistency within ECARS databases.

Under the supervision of the DDSS manager or lead staff, the incumbent’s duties may include: working with engineering and specialist staff to learn business processes and rules governing vehicle testing, certification, and emission compliance programs; using principles of systems analysis to define the regulatory program’s data requirement needs; documenting business processes; designing methods for data collection; validating data to show compliance with requirements; analyzing data based on established business processes; and designing database storage and retrieval systems for displaying the data.  This position requires knowledge of project administration, systems administration, database design, and applications development.  In addition, the incumbent should provide basic system administration and maintenance for existing systems; apply scientific principles in troubleshooting system failures; design and perform acceptance testing of applications (with client participation, if appropriate); and represent the Air Resources Board in workshops related to implementing new applications that have been developed to address specific business processes. 

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Air Pollution Specialist
$4,651.00 - $5,546.00 A
$5,569.00 - $6,971.00 B
$7,196.00 - $9,000.00 C
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Los Angeles County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

Emissions Compliance, Automotive Regualtions & Science (ECARS) Division
Data Development Services Section

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is charged with protecting the public from the harmful effects of air pollution and developing programs and actions to fight climate change. From requirements for clean cars and fuels to adopting innovative solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, California has pioneered a range of effective approaches that have set the standard for effective air and climate programs for the nation, and the world. 

EL MONTE LOCATION: CARB has proposed the relocation of our El Monte facility to Riverside (within the 92507 zip code). The relocation is currently scheduled to occur in 2020. If approved, the new site will be within reasonable walking distance to a variety of amenities and services (restaurants/fast food, banking, grocery stores, post office, fuel stations, etc.). Several freeways, such as the 91, 215, and 60, are easily accessible. Public transit options are available near the proposed location with bus stops within a block and the Downtown Riverside Metrolink Station within approximately 2.5 miles. 
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Special Requirements

If required to meet the Minimum Qualifications, you must include a copy of your degree and/or unofficial transcripts in order to be considered for this position. 

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: 1/2/2019

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.

Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

State Air Resources Board
Attn: Gena Harmonson
1001 I Street, 20th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Gena Harmonson
1001 I Street, 20th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Please note: Drop Off Hours do not apply to weekends or state holidays.
07:30 AM - 03:30 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Degree and/or School Transcripts
  • Other - Cover Letter is required and must be included.
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

We are looking for a self-motivated, creative individual who enjoys learning new technologies and has the flexibility to work on teams or independently.  This position is open to entry level and experienced science graduates with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or other Science majors with skills in programming, working with database and analyzing data.  The most desirable skills are: programming with Visual Studio, knowledge of either Java, C# or VB, working with databases like MySql or Oracle, and developing database procedures.

Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
Gena Harmonson
(916) 324-3294

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
Beverly Bueno
(916) 323-7053
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.


Please submit a complete application package.  Fill in all applicable fields on the State Application STD Form 678, this includes listing the JC#, Position #, Classification Name, and suppling all required/requested legible paperwork.

Failure to follow the application instructions will result in your application not being considered for hire. 

Additional Hiring Information

CARB highly recommends all candidates to apply electronically through your CalCareer account at


Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail