Job Posting: Air Resources Engineer

State Air Resources Board

Air Resources Engineer

$5,540.00 - $10,377.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 4/17/2020

Job Description and Duties

This is a unique opportunity to join the Community Air Protection Program established to implement Assembly Bill (AB) 617.  The Program is focused on reducing air pollution exposure in California’s most impacted communities.

Staff in the Community Assessment Section work collaboratively with other CARB divisions, technical staff from air districts as well as stakeholders from community groups, industry, and other government agencies to address AB 617 technical requirements.  The primary responsibility of the section includes integrating findings from air quality monitoring, emissions inventories, air quality modeling studies, and other sources to characterize air pollution burdens in disadvantaged communities across the state. The section’s work informs community assessment, identification and selection, and supports development and implementation of AB 617 air quality monitoring and community emission reduction programs within the selected communities.

This engineering position involves coordinating teams of technical and policy staff that utilize various data sets and analytical tools to evaluate the air quality burdens faced by disadvantaged communities.  These evaluations may include air quality, emissions inventory, source attribution, or other technical analyses. The staff in this position will communicate these technical results to a broad set of stakeholders in common, easy-to-understand terminology that includes verbal discussion, reports and presentations.

This position requires completing both short and long-term tasks that will often involve completing critical assignments under tight timeframes. Typical responsibilities include developing technical products to support policy needs, updating CARB Board members on AB 617 program status, providing technical information for community outreach meetings, managing CARB AB 617 events in communities and communicating technical findings to a broad range of stakeholders.  Under the direction of section supervisor, the ideal candidate should be able to work independently as well as in teams to balance and prioritize assignments.

Demonstrating strong written, verbal, and interpersonal skills is a core part of this position.  Building trust with internal and external stakeholders requires fostering strong and lasting interpersonal relationships, developing an understanding of stakeholder perspectives, and maintaining a collaborative culture while also exercising discretion and good judgement. Candidates will also recognize and appreciate the value of diversity among CARB and air district team members, their various backgrounds, and the diversity of the communities we serve. Working together, our mission is to improve the lives of all Californians.

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

Working Conditions

SACRAMENTO LOCATION: The California Air Resources Board (CARB) office is located in the beautiful CalEPA building in downtown Sacramento.

  • Position is located in a high rise building.
  • Requires being in a stationary position consistent with office work for extended periods.
  • Standard office environment (for example, artificial lighting, controlled temperature, etc.)
  • Daily use of a personal computer, office equipment, and/or telephone.
  • Occasional overnight travel is required.

    Minimum Requirements

    You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

    Position Details

    Job Code #:
    Position #(s):
    Working Title:
    Air Resources Engineer
    $5,540.00 - $10,377.00
    # of Positions:
    Work Location:
    Sacramento County
    Job Type:
    Permanent, Full Time

    Department Information

    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 innovative approaches that have set the standard for effective air and climate programs for the nation, and the world.

    CARB values diversity at all levels of the organization and is committed to fostering an environment in which employees from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive.  CARB believes the diversity of our employees collectively make up one of the world’s most respected environmental organizations.  Join CARB and help us improve the lives of all Californians.

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    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: 4/17/2020

    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
    Drop off on First Floor and hours don't apply to weekends or state holidays.
    07:30 AM - 05:00 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.
    • Other - Cover Letter is required and must be included.

      Please include a concise, well-written one page cover letter that describes your interest in this position, how your knowledge and experience match the qualifications described, and how you can contribute to the Office of Community Air Protection.  This letter will be used for interview screening in addition to your application and resume.

    • Other - References are required and must be included.

      A minimum of two, one of which needs to be your current or most recent supervisor.
    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:

    Excellent writing and communication skills are necessary for this position, as is the ability to simultaneously consider both technical and public policy information in work products. In addition to technical abilities, the ideal candidate will have experience interacting with the public and communicating technical data to stakeholders as well as awareness of how to tactfully handle policy-sensitive discussions. Experience in organizing seminars, workshops, and public meetings is a plus.

    Knowledge of- or previous experience in air quality data analysis and source apportionment tools and techniques is highly desirable. Experience in developing systems to collect and process large datasets using computer programming is also preferred.

    The ideal candidate for this position will have a track record of prioritizing multiple assignments while producing high quality work products under stringent deadlines. The ability to maintain a sense of humor while working under ever-changing priorities is highly desirable.

    Candidates will support the agency’s recognition of the importance of diversity; fostering an environment in which employees and stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. Prior experience in interacting and communicating with people from various cultural backgrounds is highly desirable.

    Fluency in multiple languages is desirable.


    The Benefits of working at CARB in the CalEPA building:

    • Exercise/Wellness Classes during Lunch Hour
    • On site Gym and Exercise Equipment
    • On site Locker and Shower Facilities
    • On site Day care Facility
    • On site Cafeteria
    • Indoor Bicycle Lockers
    • Nearby Public Transportation
    • Nearby Third Party Parking Facility

    The Benefits of working for the State of California click on the hyperlink:

    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.


    CARB highly recommends electronic application submission for all their JC (Job Control) postings.  For those applicants who are unable to submit an electronic application, they may be submitted in paper format but must contain the following information on the first page of the application in order to be processed and included in the applicant pool:

    • The JC number listed on the job posting,

    • The classification title,

    • Current CalCareer I.D. number (from your CalCareer account under the "CalCareer Account" tab)

     Applicant’s must not include Social Security Numbers, LEAP status information or paperwork, Equal Employment Opportunity information, exam result notices or scores, or medical or criminal history information on any document within their application package.

    Drop off hardcopy applications on the 1st Floor, Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM to 5:00PM and the hours don't apply to weekends or state holidays.

    Please do not submit a second application by paper if you submitted an electronic application.

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

    Additional Hiring Information

    If you are new to State service, you can follow the link below to view the necessary steps to apply and be eligible for a State position:

    For reference, Minimum Qualifications for the classification can be found at the following link: 

    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