Job Posting: Staff Air Pollution Specialist

State Air Resources Board

Staff Air Pollution Specialist

$5,540.00 - $10,377.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 8/26/2019

Job Description and Duties

The Emissions Certification and Compliance Division is recruiting for a Staff Air Pollution Specialist vacancy in the On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) Branch, which implements OBD system requirements for all new light-duty, medium-duty, and heavy-duty on-road vehicles.  OBD systems monitor vehicle emission control systems for proper performance and are required to detect malfunctions that occur, alert the vehicle operator, and store fault information to assist technicians in fixing the problem.  OBD systems are a critical element to an effective Smog Check program in California and inspection and maintenance programs across the nation.  Similarly OBD systems on heavy-duty vehicles will provide the basis for effective inspections and repairs on today’s lower emission heavy-duty vehicles.  The California Air Resources Board’s OBD program is the benchmark for the federal diagnostics program and diagnostic programs worldwide.  The activities of the OBD program involve detailed understanding and analyses of current and future technology vehicles to ensure comprehensive monitoring; as such, the OBD program is evolving to ensure OBD systems keep pace as vehicle technologies change to meet the increasing challenges to achieve lower emissions and higher efficiencies.

Under the direction of the Section Manager, in the On-Board Diagnostic Program Development Section, the SAPS will be an independent specialist for the activities of the OBD Program Development Section, which has primary responsibility for developing light- and heavy-duty OBD regulations and guidance documents.  The section is also responsible for coordination with internal and external stakeholders on OBD program integration and regulatory development, consultation on OBD certification and enforcement issues, and participation in other OBD program-related activities (e.g., liaison to OBD standards committees, incorporation of OBD features in inspection and maintenance programs, and OBD program training).  The successful candidate will lead the work of professional engineering and technical staff performing the duties assigned to the section related to the program areas discussed above.

Some travel is required.

Working Conditions

EL MONTE LOCATION: The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved the relocation of our El Monte facility to Riverside (within the 92507 zip code). The relocation is currently scheduled to occur in 2020. If approved, the new site will be within reasonable walking distance to a variety of amenities and services (restaurants/fast food, banking, grocery stores, post office, fuel stations, etc.). Several freeways, such as the 91, 215, and 60, are easily accessible. Public transit options are available near the proposed location with bus stops within a block and the Downtown Riverside Metrolink Station within approximately 2.5 miles.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Staff Air Pollution Specialist
$5,540.00 - $10,377.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Los Angeles 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

The following are requirements of the position once hired:  

- A valid California driver’s license.

- Participation in the DMV Pull Notice Program and a sustained a good driving record.

- A certification of completed Defensive Driver Training.

- Some travel is required.

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: 8/26/2019

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
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.
    A concise, well-written cover letter must be submitted that: 1) describes why you are interested in this position, and 2) details how your qualifications and previous job experiences have prepared you for the duties and responsibilities of 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:

The ideal candidate will possess the technical background to understand and lead the development of regulatory requirements and the evaluation of existing and emerging powertrain, emission control system, and diagnostic system technologies along with strong written and verbal communication skills.  Work experience with OBD system design, regulatory development, engineering cost analysis, automotive inspection and maintenance programs, certification and enforcement is highly preferred.  Experience with automotive diagnostic systems, automotive emission control systems, automotive powertrains, automotive emission testing, and vehicle calibrations is preferred.  The most competitive candidate will also be highly motivated and enthusiastic, will have a demonstrated ability to be a self-starter, work independently and lead others in an organized and thorough manner with attention to detail, and will possess the ability to use tact and good judgement to interact effectively with people at all levels of technical staff, management, government and industry.  Project management skills are essential such that the candidate can be given a complex project and plan and lead staff and resources to get it done under tight deadlines.  The successful candidate may be called upon to serve as a lead staff person for work groups and technical meetings, and to engage in outreach events with industry, environmental groups, government organizations, and the public.  The candidate must have the ability to lead staff to collect and analyze data, develop solutions, and present information effectively both orally and in writing.


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 application, they 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.

Drop off hardcopy applications on the 1st Floor's Visitors' Center, Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM to 3:30PM, the hours don't apply to weekends or state holidays.

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

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

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