Job Posting: Air Pollution Specialist

State Air Resources Board

Air Pollution Specialist

$5,054.00 - $9,781.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 6/3/2020

Job Description and Duties

Due to the COVID-19 Emergency, our drop-off location is temporarily closed.  Please submit your application electronically or by mail.

Are you ready to join a team that is committed to keeping the California Air Resources Board (CARB) at the forefront of global climate change policy by helping to advance sustainable communities and housing for Californians of all incomes?  CARB’s new Sustainable Transportation and Communities Division (STCD) has an immediate opening for a motivated staff person in the Emerging Strategies Section.


This staff person will serve as an expert on housing, land use, and transportation issues. They will work closely with the Climate Investments Branch’s efforts to promote transparent and effective investments in sustainable communities and housing. They will help support CARB’s SB 375 program and CARB’s SB 350 “low-income barriers” efforts.  The Section provides an exciting work environment with highly motivated staff, and serves as an agency-wide resource for research, technical analysis, and tool development to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through land use and transportation planning, promoting sustainable and equitable communities, green buildings, clean vehicle technology, and voluntary carbon footprint reductions.   


The selected candidate will be responsible for developing and coordinating cutting-edge analysis and research to support the Board’s decision-making related to sustainable communities and housing planning.  The candidate should be familiar with relevant State policies (e.g., SB 375, SB 150, SB 350, and recent housing legislation), local and regional land use and transportation planning and financing, and existing tools (quantitative and qualitative) used in land use planning processes.  The candidate should also be aware of the environmental and social equity implications of land use, housing, and transportation planning. This staff person will be responsible for assessing, developing, and improving metrics, tools, resources, and strategies to support CARB’s policies to reduce emissions from land use and transportation. The candidate must have strong communication skills, with an ability to speak and write effectively using direct, concise, and non-technical language, and must be able to interact diplomatically with a wide range of stakeholders and collaborators. The candidate must be organized and possess well-developed project management skills, allowing them to manage multiple high priority assignments under accelerated and competing deadlines, be adaptable to a rapidly changing policy and political environment, and be comfortable with a flexible and highly collaborative management structure based on cross-branch project teams.  They must be committed to working closely with other CARB staff, State agencies, metropolitan planning organizations, local governments, academics, and other stakeholders to ensure that the tools, analysis, and research are targeted and effective.  The candidate should be comfortable making presentations and communicating the Section’s objectives to non-technical persons.

Travel within California will be required.

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

Working Conditions

SACRAMENTO LOCATION: CARB offices are 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.
  • You will work in a standard office environment (for example: artificial lighting, controlled temperature, etc.
  • You will use daily a personal computer, office equipment, and/or telephone.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Air Pollution Specialist
$5,054.00 - $9,781.00
# 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.

Department Website:

Special Requirements

This is a Permanent Fulltime position.  In order to be considered for this position, you must indicate "Permanent Fulltime" and "Sacramento County" in your Employment Preferences in your CalCareer Account.

If education is being used to meet the Minimum Qualifications, you
must submit a copy of your unofficial transcripts and/or degree 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: 6/3/2020

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
Due to Covid-19, hardcopies must be delivered by a carrier service or USPS.
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.
  • Degree and/or School Transcripts
  • Other - Cover Letter (CL) is required and must be included.

    The CL is a narrative discussion prepared by the applicant describing how the applicant’s skills, knowledge, abilities, education, training, and experience, qualify them for the position.  The CL serves as documentation of each candidate’s ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing.

    CARB will not consider applicants who fail to provide an CL with their application.  

    Resumes do not take place of the CL.

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:

The selected individual is expected to contribute significantly to the housing policy and land use and transportation planning responsibilities of the Section.  The most competitive candidates will have a strong educational background and/or professional experience in some or all of these areas: land use planning, housing planning or financing, environmental planning, transportation planning, climate change, sustainable communities, public policy, environmental science, housing policy, and air quality. Desirable qualifications include: strong written and verbal communication skills; the ability to work as part of a team and independently; strong organizational skills; aptitude to develop and present written and verbal reports to stakeholders; experience utilizing databases (e.g., Access or MySQL) and/or geographic information systems (GIS); experience quantifying greenhouse gas emissions (e.g., greenhouse gas inventories, or environmental review of proposed developments); familiarity with emerging mobility innovations and “smart cities;” and the ability to work effectively with industry, government agencies, and the public. The selected candidate must be a team player with a positive attitude, dedication, diplomacy, and a desire to make original and sustained contributions to CARB.  Only the most qualified candidates will be interviewed.



The Benefits of working at CARB in the CalEPA building:

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


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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.


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:


In order to be list eligible through CalHR’s Air Pollution Specialist Certification List you must take, pass, and be in one of the top ranks (your rank is listed in your CalCareer account in the “Exams/Assesments Passed” tab within the relevant exam). The Exam can be found at the following link:

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