Job Posting: Air Resources Engineer

State Air Resources Board

Air Resources Engineer

$5,098.00 - $6,078.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 8/21/2019

Job Description and Duties

If you have a strong desire to make an impact on how CARB engages with and protects the health of communities impacted by freight, stationary, and other facilities, then we want to speak with you.  The Risk Analysis Section within CARB's Transportation and Toxics Division is looking for an experienced lead person who is creative, highly-motivated, team-oriented, and self-starting to assist in reducing air pollution in these impacted communities.  We are searching for an individual who will join a team of scientists and engineers who work on several air toxics and freight related programs and projects.  The individual will conduct air dispersion modeling; perform emissions and engineering calculations; complete and review health risk assessments and other health analyses; work with the CARB team, affected communities, air districts, and industry on developing health risk assessments and implementing exposure reduction strategies; create technical tools to evaluate and illustrate reductions in health impacts; and represent CARB at forums and workshops.  This position requires a person who is very comfortable working on projects both in a team setting and alone while interacting with the public, industry, air districts, and other governmental agencies.  The successful candidate will write effectively for a technical audience, and translate highly technical material for policy makers and community advocates.  The candidate will also present and advocate on air toxics-related issues to CARB management and staff, government agencies, community members, industry, and other stakeholders.  Occasional travel may be required.

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

Working Conditions

SACRAMENTO LOCATION: The California Air Resources Board (CARB) offices are located in the beautiful CalEPA building in downtown Sacramento.  We are located close to light rail and offer an on-site exercise room, childcare center, a cafeteria, and Golden1 ATM access. 

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Air Resources Engineer
$5,098.00 - $6,078.00 A This does not reflect the 4% General Salay Increase effective July 1, 2019.
$5,837.00 - $7,303.00 B This does not reflect the 4% General Salay Increase effective July 1, 2019.
$7,196.00 - $9,000.00 C This does not reflect the 4% General Salay Increase effective July 1, 2019.
$7,631.00 - $9,548.00 D This does not reflect the 4% General Salay Increase effective July 1, 2019.
# 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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Special Requirements

If required 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.

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: 8/21/2019

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: 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 in the Visitor's Center and hours don't apply to weekends or state holidays.
07:30 AM - 03:30 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 is required and must be included.
    Please submit a well-written one-page cover letter describing how your work and educational experience qualifies you for this position. In addition, please tell us why you want to work for CARB and the Risk Analysis Section.
    All submitted material will be used for interview screening and only the most competitive candidates will be interviewed.

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 successful candidate for this position will demonstrate lead person experience, have excellent communication skills, and be able to write clearly, concisely, and persuasively, in everyday language.  Knowledge of air pollution sources, air pollution emissions behavior, and experience with air dispersion modeling and risk assessment is necessary.  Experience with strategic thinking, analysis, and problem solving is also essential, as well as the ability to understand and explain technical and policy issues to a variety of internal and external audiences.

The candidate must work effectively with other staff, including coordinating with community, industry, and government stakeholders.  The candidate must be able to work independently and in a team setting, have excellent interpersonal skills, and a positive attitude.  The most competitive candidates will also have a demonstrated ability to: manage projects; anticipate program needs and initiate solutions; communicate persuasively with community and environmental advocates,  agencies, air districts, associations, industry, and the public; interact effectively with all levels of management; critically evaluate technical data and perform accurate analyses with limited information; generate high quality products in short timeframes; work productively leading projects and participating on teams; and elicit cooperation from a wide variety of stakeholders using tact and diplomacy.  Computer skills, including functional knowledge of spreadsheet software and word processing programs are required, and expertise with databases and programming (e.g., Visual Basic, Python, etc.) is a bonus.  Experience working on air quality regulatory items or toxics permitting for CARB or an air district, and working with diverse stakeholders is desired.

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 applicationthey 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.

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

Drop off hardcopy application on the First Floor's Visitors' Center and the hours do not apply to weekends or state holidays.

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


Additional Hiring Information

Please supply a copy of your degree certificate or un/official transcript which states confirment of degree.

If you have an international degree, please supply your degree equivalency evaluation along with your translated certificate and/or un/official transcript.

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