Job Posting: Air Pollution Specialist

State Air Resources Board

Air Pollution Specialist

$4,651.00 - $5,546.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 8/22/2019

Job Description and Duties

Do you thrive on public speaking? Are you skilled at explaining complex concepts in unassuming language? Are you excited about explaining the benefits of zero- and near-zero-emissions technology in plain language to a variety of audiences?  If so, this position in the Heavy-Duty Incentives and Training Section (the Section) in the Compliance Assistance and Outreach Branch may be for you!

We seek a motivated, self-starting person, who highly values teamwork, to join us to further the Section’s mission to educate government and business entities about compliance with regulations to reduce emissions from in-use diesel and other mobile sources, and to promote the use of advanced technologies in commercial applications that support criteria pollutant, and AB32 greenhouse gas emissions reductions goals.  These emissions sources include heavy-duty vehicles like trucks and school buses, and other on-road and off-road mobile sources.

The incumbent will be responsible primarily for designing, developing, and implementing comprehensive outreach campaigns and tools to promote incentives programs that encourage end-user decisions to incorporate advanced technologies into commercial fleets, achieving compliance with existing regulations and further reducing harmful air pollutants. Such campaigns may include: training presentations or community events, social media and web-based content, or written or video-format outreach materials designed for vehicle owners and operators, public fleet managers, industry representatives, local government representatives, private citizens, and trade groups. The incumbent will need to understand heavy-duty fleet usage patterns, purchasing decision factors, and potential deployment barriers in order to effectively increase awareness of current and future state, federal, and local funding opportunities.

The successful candidate will coordinate extensively with other ARB programs, federal programs, local air district personnel, and other stakeholders, to understand and circulate technical and policy information. This person will also assist with the Branch’s other outreach efforts, including: assisting individual fleets with compliance evaluation and planning in-person, via telephone, or in writing; speaking engagements; workshops; meetings with industry associations; and writing clear and concise technical reports with outreach recommendations.   

The position may involve approximately 25 percent travel.

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.

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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: 8/22/2019

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 optional. It may be included, but is not required.
  • Other -

    Please include a concise one-page cover letter that describes why you are interested in this position, and specifically details how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for the duties of this position. This letter will be used for interview screening along with your application and resume.

    Writing samples or presentation skill may be tested as part of the selection process.

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 most competitive qualifications include: strong written and verbal communication skills, strong presentation and public speaking skills, ability to analyze data and make recommendations, ability to work independently or as part of a team, and demonstrated experience working effectively with industry, government agencies, and the public. Highly desirable qualifications include: experience and knowledge of internal combustion engine operation and emission controls; knowledge of heavy-duty hybrid and zero-emission vehicle technology; experience in outreach program development or incentives program implementation; bilingual fluency in Spanish; web and graphics design experience; and database design experience.

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