Job Posting: Air Pollution Specialist

State Air Resources Board

Air Pollution Specialist

$4,651.00 - $9,000.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 8/29/2019

Job Description and Duties

Do you want to use your statistical expertise to help improve people's health and the environment? The Research Division (RD) at California's leading state agency for reducing Californians' exposure to air pollutants is seeking a motivated self-starter with a passion to protect public health and the environment. If you have a strong background in database management and statistical analysis as well as strong communication skills, this position will allow you to apply your expertise in ongoing health effects research projects and in information technology aspects of RD's air cleaner regulation.

The Air Pollution Specialist (APS) position is located within the Indoor Exposure Assessment Section (IEAS) in RD's Health and Exposure Assessment Branch. The IEAS conducts and oversees research on all aspects of indoor air quality and exposure and is responsible for implementing the Board's regulation that limits ozone emissions from indoor air cleaning devices. The Section also recommends revisions to the California Green Building Standards Code; participates actively on green building and green product task forces; serves on scientific advisory panels; estimates Californians' indoor exposures to toxic air contaminants and criteria pollutants using various exposure models; develops indoor air quality fact sheets and other outreach materials; and works closely with other divisions, agencies, and organizations to reduce indoor pollution.

This rewarding and challenging position involves providing statistical expertise for both in­house research and contracted extramural projects for RD as well as leading the modernization and maintenance of the databases and websites related to IEAS's indoor air cleaner regulation. The APS will be responsible for streamlining the application process from a paper-based to an online submission and review system. In addition, the APS will be expected to serve as a resource of statistical expertise for RD and to contribute to the development and completion of in-house research studies. This includes working with other staff members to develop research projects focused on monitoring or modeling Californian's indoor and personal exposure to pollutants and drafting and publishing scientific articles and reports. The APS may also review extramural contracted research projects, serve on technical committees related to indoor air quality projects, and prepare oral and written materials for Board presentations and other documents for the public.

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 - $9,000.00 This does not reflect the July 2018 4.5% General Salary Increase and 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: 8/29/2019

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 -

    Please submit a one-page cover letter describing how your skills would make you a good candidate for this position.

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:
Expertise in database management and statistical analysis and the ability to work and collaborate on teams is essential. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to have had experience using statistical approaches to research investigations. Expertise in indoor air quality exposure assessment, environmental engineering, environmental sciences, chemistry and/or website management would be considered desirable. The most successful applicants will demonstrate the abilitv to work independently and in teams and collaborations with other staff; work across multiple disciplines; meet deadlines; follow written and verbal instructions; use tact and good judgment in dealing with people; apply and work effectively under pressure; and be able to effectively communicate to the public, both orally and in writing. Knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access is essential; knowledge of statistical analysis proQrams such as SAS, Python, and/or R is highly desirable.

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