Job Posting: Air Pollution Specialist

State Air Resources Board

Air Pollution Specialist

$4,651.00 - $5,546.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 8/19/2019

Job Description and Duties

California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) Office of Community Air Protection (OCAP) is looking for experienced staff to participate in a team of technical and policy staff developing and implementing innovative and creative strategies for reducing toxic air contaminants and criteria air pollutant emissions within highly impacted communities throughout California. We are searching for individuals with experience with statewide planning, toxic air contaminants, emission inventory, air quality modeling, emission reduction strategies, the freight transport industry, and air quality program development. OCAP is focused on developing and implementing the Community Air Protection Program, as directed by Assembly Bill 617 (C. Garcia).  AB 617 provides important new tools to make sure that all communities benefit equally from our clean air programs, especially those that bear the greatest burdens.  CARB continues to work closely with local air districts, community groups, environmental groups, and regulated industries to reduce harmful air emissions and develop a framework for community protection

OCAP is actively engaging internal and external stakeholders on policies, plans, and strategies to develop and implement the Community Air Protection Program.  This requires significant collaboration with public and private stakeholders to identify, prioritize, and ultimately recommend actions that will transform highly impacted communities, including regulations and incentives. As part of this team you will actively contribute to the discussion with public and private stakeholders on the needs, challenges and strategies that will make California’s communities cleaner. You will help develop creative solutions and implement strategies to reduce harmful emissions.

Duties may include:  participating in internal multi-division teams and external stakeholder groups, developing plans and emission reduction strategies including incentives, building our understanding of cumulative impacts of various sources and sectors on communities, analyzing data, researching trends, collecting and analyzing emissions, monitoring, and air quality modeling data, preparing and presenting issues and policies to CARB management and stakeholders, tracking the development of regulations and other initiatives to reduce emissions, preparing and presenting comprehensive reports, working with other CARB divisions, local air districts, community members, environmental groups, and sector experts to evaluate technical and policy proposals, and representing CARB in public forums.

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
$4,651.00 - $5,546.00 A This does not reflect the July 2018 4.5% General Salary Increase and the July 2019 4% General Salary Increase.
$5,569.00 - $6,971.00 B This does not reflect the July 2018 4.5% General Salary Increase and the July 2019 4% General Salary Increase.
$7,196.00 - $9,000.00 C This does not reflect the July 2018 4.5% General Salary Increase and the July 2019 4% General Salary Increase.
# 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:

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: 8/19/2019

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: Elizabeth Vargas
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:

Elizabeth Vargas
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.
  • Other - Please include a concise, well-written one page cover letter that describes your interest in this position 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.  Applications will be screened and only the most competitive candidates will be interviewed.  Please indicate the position number listed above on your application.
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 individuals with a creative, agile, and analytical minds who are capable of pulling diverse sets of information together to support policy development with a broad range of stakeholders. Strategic thinking and communication skills are essential. Scientific or engineering background preferred, with experience in one or more of the following areas: statewide planning, toxic air contaminants, emission inventory, air quality modeling, emission reduction strategies, the freight transport industry, and air quality program development. The most competitive applicants will have the demonstrated ability to: anticipate program needs and initiate solutions, write concisely and effectively in everyday language, communicate persuasively with agency/industry executives and community members, critically evaluate technical data and perform accurate analyses with limited information, generate high-quality products in short timeframes, work productively in project teams, both as a team member and a team leader, elicit cooperation from a wide variety of stakeholders, maintain a sense of humor under pressure, and travel within the State.

Contact Information

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

Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
Elizabeth Vargas
(916) 440-8273

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.

Additional Information on Who May Apply

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