Job Posting: Community Climate Investments Specialist

State Air Resources Board

Community Climate Investments Specialist

$5,054.00 - $9,781.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 6/4/2020

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.

The Climate Investments Implementation Section is looking for an energetic, creative, analytical, and diplomatic Air Pollution Specialist. The Air Pollution Specialist will take a leading role as a point-of-contact for one or more of the Climate Investment Branch's community-focused programs such as Affordable Housing & Sustainable Communities, Transformative Climate Communities, Community Air Protection, or Low-Income Weatherization. Staff works closely with community members, environmental justice organizations, and other State agencies, including other divisions within CARB, the Strategic Growth Council, and the Department of Housing and Community Development. These agencies fund projects in communities across California to improve transportation options, provide affordable housing, lower energy costs, improve air quality, increase green space, improve public health, and provide other benefits for disadvantaged and low-income households and communities.


We are looking for highly motivated, self-starting, and enthusiastic candidates with excellent analytical and communication skills, with a background in policy evaluation and/or implementation. They will join a team tasked with ensuring that State agencies administering funding are reducing greenhouse gas emissions; prioritizing funding for disadvantaged and low-income communities; engaging communities; quantifying environmental, economic, and public health benefits; and providing transparency on funding outcomes and status.  The Community Climate Investments Specialist will be required to work closely with the staff in the Climate Investments Branch and will be responsible for: developing constructive relationships with program managers/staff within CARB and at other State agencies; quantifying greenhouse gas reductions and other environmental and economic impacts, particularly to disadvantaged and low income communities; developing reporting and transparency provisions for agencies to track and report on investments; and conducting public outreach and engagement to increase awareness of funding opportunities. They will be expected to communicate clearly and concisely through technical reports, memos, letters, summaries, and oral presentations for CARB management and the general public.


Travel within California will be required.


NOTE: Candidates who have applied to the Community Climate Policy Specialist Position (JC-199236) are encouraged to apply to this Community Climate Investments Specialist position. You will need to apply to each position separately in order to be considered for both positions.

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:
Community Climate Investments 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: 6/4/2020

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.

    Please include a clear and concise one-page CL that highlights your interest in,

    and qualifications for, this position.

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

    Resumes do not take the place of the 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:

We are looking for self-motivated, creative, agile, diplomatic, and analytical candidates to join a team committed to bold climate action and transparent implementation of public funds. Strategic thinking, communication, and interpersonal skills are essential. Skills in science or climate policy analysis is required, as is education or experience in efforts to reduce greenhouse gases, vehicle miles traveled, criteria pollutants, or air toxics emissions.

Successful candidates will have experience in one or more 
of the following areas: land use planning, housing, workforce development, public health, transportation, carbon sequestration, or energy efficiency. Working knowledge of, or experience with, the following specialized areas is also desirable: environmental justice; community outreach and communication; the regional planning framework under SB 375; economic development and job training programs; equitable climate action; contract and project management; existing stationary, mobile, and natural source emissions quantification methods; greenhouse gas or air pollution regulatory or incentive emission reduction programs; modeling tools for transportation, land use, energy, natural resources, or waste; and geographic analysis tools such as ArcGIS.

The most competitive applicants will have the demonstrated ability to: generate high-quality products in short timeframes; critically evaluate technical data and perform accurate analyses with limited information; write concisely and effectively in accessible, non-technical language; communicate persuasively with agencies, business leaders, public interest groups, and community members; apply research to inform policy and technical recommendations; anticipate program needs and initiate solutions; work productively leading and participating in project teams; elicit cooperation from a wide variety of stakeholders; use tact and diplomacy; maintain a sense of humor under pressure.

Must be able to travel within the State.


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


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.


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/Assessments 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