Job Posting: Climate Policy Specialist

State Air Resources Board

Climate Policy Specialist

$5,336.00 - $10,327.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 9/26/2022

Job Description and Duties

If your interests include climate policy development in a collaborative environment, this position is for you! We are seeking a highly motivated Air Pollution Specialist (APS) to be part of the team responsible for providing oversight for the California Climate Investments program, which uses Cap-and-Trade auction proceeds to fund projects across the State in a broad range of sectors with a focus on greenhouse gas emissions reductions and benefits for disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, and low-income households. The APS will work on developing guidance for agencies administering California Climate Investments programs, reporting the outcomes of investments, and updating the triennial investment plan. Duties include communicating outcomes and benefits, conducting environmental policy and technical analysis, developing recommendations and responses to inquiries, and working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders. The APS must be analytically minded to develop recommendations for investments, develop metrics associated with tracking progress toward achieving goals, and present findings in a clear and concise manner to internal groups, stakeholders, and others. In addition, the selected applicant will participate in high-profile and sensitive meetings with Administration officials, legislative staff, State agency staff, and other stakeholders, as well as represent the California Air Resources Board (CARB) at forums and workshops. To ensure Board-wide coordination and communication, the APS is expected to be familiar with CARB’s major programs to reduce emissions of air toxics, criteria pollutants, and greenhouse gases, as well as existing legislation on climate change. Information related to the California Climate Investments program may be found on our website:

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

Working Conditions

The California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) has implemented the requirement that all state employees attest to their vaccination status. Employees are required to indicate whether they are vaccinated, unvaccinated, or if they choose not to disclose their vaccination status. As an additional health and safety standard to protect the state workforce and the public it serves, CalHR is also implementing COVID-19 testing of all state employees working on site (including field sites) if they are unvaccinated, vaccinated but choose not to provide documentation, or choosing not to disclose their vaccination status. Any employee seeking exemption from COVID-19 testing or wearing a face covering must provide evidence of vaccination. This requirement is subject to change depending upon updated Federal, State, and/or local requirements and guidance.

  • Position 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.)
  • Additional working condition(s): Telework TBD

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Climate Policy Specialist
$5,336.00 - $6,364.00 A
$6,391.00 - $7,999.00 B
$8,257.00 - $10,327.00 C
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

This employer participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.; for more information about E-Verify, please go to

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. CARB offers various modern interview options including remote phone and video interviews. Join CARB and help us improve the lives of all Californians.

Department Website:

Special Requirements

If using education 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. Official transcripts may be required upon appointment of 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: 9/26/2022

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. Individuals who are eligible for a Training and Development assignment may also be considered for this position(s).

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: Brittany Mendelowitz
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:

State Air Resources Board
Brittany Mendelowitz
1001 I Street, 20th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Please drop off at front security desk
08:00 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 - Please include a cover letter that summarizes your interest in this position, qualifications, and how they prepare you for this position. The cover letter should not exceed one page.
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 Climate Investments Branch seeks to ensure that State investments address climate change, advance sustainable and equitable communities, and bring many benefits to Californians. The most competitive candidates should have a strong understanding and experience related to how public policy and investments can achieve multiple benefits, reduce greenhouse gas and air pollution emissions, and benefit under-resourced and disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, and low-income households.

Applicants should demonstrate knowledge of existing climate- and air quality-related legislation, and CARB activities (e.g., Scoping Plan). The APS should have the technical and analytical skills to evaluate policy and data, establish and implement procedures, perform accurate analyses with limited information, apply research, and develop quantitative and qualitative methods to assess the environmental, economic, and equity benefits from investments. Candidates will be expected to apply these analyses and make recommendations that work for all California Climate Investments programs, while maintaining statutory requirements. Candidates must be skilled with spreadsheet software (e.g., Microsoft Excel) and will be more competitive if they have knowledge of programming or data visualization platforms and techniques.

The candidate must also have strong communication skills, with an ability to speak and write effectively using direct, concise, and non-technical language, including in public presentations. Competitive applicants will have experience achieving goals in a public policy environment through professional interaction with other State, regional, and local agencies and a wide range of stakeholders and collaborators such as academic experts, workforce representatives, non-profit stakeholders, community leaders, and the general public. The applicant will be expected to communicate the requirements and recommendations to agencies that administer California Climate Investments programs with tact, accuracy, and diplomacy.

The selected candidate must be self-motivated and able to work as part of a team and independently, with a positive, mission possible   attitude, dedication to the public interest, strategic thinking, creativity, adaptability, pragmatism, and a desire to make original and sustained contributions to CARB. The candidate should be organized, with a strong attention to detail and project management skills that allow them to manage multiple high-priority assignments, keep projects moving forward through a collaborative process, and work quickly and under pressure. Only the most qualified candidates will be interviewed.


Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.
  • Nearby (third-party) parking
  • Convenient to public transportation
  • Gym
  • Daycare facility

Contact Information

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

Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
Chas Rifredi
(000) -
Hiring Unit Contact:
Darneka Lewis
(916) 889-2595

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:
Payam Ahmadi
(916) 322-1954
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.

Hardcopy Application Submission

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)

NOTE: 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.

Using the online application system as specified in the announcement is the preferred method of applying for civil service job opportunities; however, applicants may instead apply by way of U.S. mail, parcel delivery or courier service, as set forth in this announcement.

Paper applications must include a signature.

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.

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