Job Posting: Air Resources Engineer

State Air Resources Board

Air Resources Engineer

$5,098.00 - $6,078.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 8/22/2019

Job Description and Duties

The California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) Office of Community Air Protection (OCAP) is looking for an Air Resources Engineer (ARE) with a passion to understand industrial equipment and emission control technologies to become part of the Technology Assessment Section team within OCAP’s Community Assessment Branch.  This is an exciting opportunity to be part of an innovative team that is focused on improving air quality in disadvantaged communities experiencing the highest levels of air pollution exposure by helping to assess, identify, and present the cleanest emission control technology and equipment, including zero or near-zero emission equipment, rules, and measures for use in these communities as required by AB 617.  

OCAP’s Technology Assessment Section works with other CARB staff, air districts, and stakeholders to assess, identify, and compile information on the best available emissions control technology, zero or near-zero emission equipment, rules, and measures and how they vary across California communities and air districts. The Section’s work informs CARB and air district strategies and plans for reducing community-scale air pollution required under AB 617 as well as air district determinations of stationary source control technology.  

The Section will support the advancement of technology to reduce emissions through technology evaluations and development of a public database (“Technology Clearinghouse”) to disseminate information.  One important role of the Technology Clearinghouse will be to serve as a tool to identify potential applications for market-ready zero or near-zero emission technologies, where zero emission technology can be encouraged or incentivized for research, and where existing technologies can be developed or adapted in innovative ways. The Technology Clearinghouse will link to CARB’s community-scale emissions inventory reporting and map visualization tools. Linking these tools will allow community stakeholders, including residents, industry, equipment and control technology developers and researchers, and local, state, national, and international government agencies, to be able to identify the best technologies or to compare deployment of emission control technologies across the State.   

This ARE will compile and evaluate information on emission controls and produce technical engineering assessments of industrial and vehicle equipment technologies, including combustion emission controls and state-of-the-art zero or near-zero emissions technologies applicable to stationary and mobile air pollutant emission sources.  They will also participate in reviewing air district technology determinations and data submittals and compiling information on State and local regulations and measures governing air pollutant emissions. They will work with other CARB staff, district staff, contractors, and control technology experts to develop quality assurance metrics for the Technology Clearinghouse as well as approaches to most appropriately compare technologies, determinations, and zero or near-zero emission technologies in ways that are most useful to stakeholders.   

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 Resources Engineer
$5,098.00 - $6,078.00 A This salary does not reflect the July 2018 4.5% General Salary Increase and the July 2019 4% General Salary Increase.
$5,837.00 - $7,303.00 B This salary 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 salary does not reflect the July 2018 4.5% General Salary Increase and the July 2019 4% General Salary Increase.
$7,631.00 - $9,548.00 D This salary 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.

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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: 8/22/2019

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.
  • Degree and/or School Transcripts
  • Other - One page cover letter that describes your interest in this position, how your knowledge and experience match the qualifications described above, 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.
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 a self-starter with a creative, agile, and analytical mind to be part of a multi-disciplinary team. Teamwork, critical thinking, and communication skills are essential.

The most competitive applicants will have the demonstrated ability to: learn independently and adapt to lessons learned while the AB 617 program evolves past the first year communities; anticipate program needs and initiate solutions; write clear and concise explanations of technical and engineering materials in common, easy to understand language;  produce clearly written summaries and recommendations based on review and interpretation of data or technical findings; prioritize, organize, caveat, and assess the program-relevance of information obtained from research or other data-gathering efforts; communicate persuasively with stakeholder agencies, industries, and community members; critically evaluate technical data and appropriately characterize or caveat analyses conducted with limited information so that the representativeness of results are clearly understood; work productively in or lead project teams; elicit cooperation from a wide variety of stakeholders; maintain a sense of humor under pressure; and travel within the State.

In order to conduct the technology assessment aspects of this ARE’s responsibilities, the most competitive applicants will also have a track record demonstrating a curiosity and ability to understand how things work as well as in-depth engineering knowledge or experience in one or more of the following areas: fuel combustion; combustion emissions control technology; CARB’s publicly available Technology Assessments or how to conduct such assessments; stationary source permitting; emissions inventory development; stationary or mobile source zero or near-zero emission technologies; or public policy development associated with emission control technologies.  

Experience in one or more of the following areas is highly desirable: economic analyses associated with control technologies and equipment turnover; relational databases and SQL; spatial (GIS) and statistical data analyses.

Advanced data handling skills including mining, processing, and interpreting complex datasets using Microsoft Excel or Access is required for this position.

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