Job Posting: Air Pollution Specialist

State Air Resources Board

Air Pollution Specialist

$4,860.00 - $9,405.00

Final Filing Date: 1/23/2019

Job Description and Duties

The Atmospheric Modeling and Support Section of the Air Quality Planning and Science Division has an open position for an Air Pollution Specialist who will be assigned a variety of the following types of responsibilities :  1) Process link-based and Traffic Analysis Zone activity data using Geographic Information systems and other scientific evaluation tools; 2) Prepare of toxic gridded emission inventories for dispersion and regional air quality modeling; 3) Perform quality assurance and data analyses on emissions, meteorological, and air quality data used for modeling; 4)  Participate in archiving, documenting and version controlling of emissions and observation-based data used for regulatory modeling applications. Assist with the administration of computer systems used to process and store emissions and air quality; and 5) summarize and present project results or technical findings to all levels of management as well as participating in technical topic discussions.

The Section is responsible for preparing spatially, temporally, and size-resolved emission inventories, as well as conducting air quality modeling studies and providing technical support using sound science for statewide regulatory and policy programs.  The Section works with and supports a broad range of internal and external scientists, engineers, and policymakers.  The Section is comprised of engineers and scientists who use state-of-science computer models, computer systems, and computer software (including programming and scripting with application/development software).  The duties of the Section broadly fall into the following areas:  1) quality assure gridded emission inventories for modeling; 2) test and apply state-of-the-science meteorological, emissions, and air quality models throughout the State; 3) coordinate with other Sections and air quality districts on the development of emission targets for State Implementation Plans; 4) provide regulatory modeling support to assess the potential air quality impacts of proposed regulations.

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
$4,860.00 - $5,796.00 A
$5,820.00 - $7,285.00 B
$7,520.00 - $9,405.00 C
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is located in the beautiful CalEPA building in downtown Sacramento. We are located close to light rail and parking garages/lots. The building includes Golden 1 ATM access, an exercise room, a cafeteria, and an onsite daycare facility. We are within walking distance to many restaurants and the seasonal farmers’ market in Cesar Chavez Plaza.

Department Website:

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: 1/23/2019

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: Hannah Cooper
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:

Hannah Cooper
1001 I Street, 20th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
08:30 AM - 04:00 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.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • Degree and/or School Transcripts
  • Other - Cover Letter
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:

Due to the needs of the Section that are associated with this specific position, the most competitive applicant will have: 1) GIS experience, and demonstrated ability of mapping, quality assuring and quality controlling large data sets; 2) recent hands-on programming experience; 3) experience with Linux or Unix operating systems, including shell scripting; 4) demonstrated ability to work with large databases, and 5) familiarity with travel demand models.  Additionally, all candidates must be enthusiastic team players with strong interpersonal skills.  Some or all of the required qualifications listed above may be tested via a written exam prior to oral interviews.

Although not required, it is highly desirable that candidates will also possess some combination of the following knowledge, skills, or abilities:  experience geo-processing travel demand model outputs; knowledge of the emission input needs of grid-based models; experience with data analyses and tools that can be used to quality assure very large datasets; previous experience writing command line executable scripts with Python, Perl, SQL database languages, or R.

Contact Information

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

Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
Hannah Cooper
(916) 323-3303

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.


For this vacancy, CARB will not consider Training and Development assignments.

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