Job Posting: Air Pollution Specialist

State Air Resources Board

Air Pollution Specialist

$4,651.00 - $5,546.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 9/26/2019

Job Description and Duties

The primary role of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategy Section (GHGRSS) in the Research Division of ARB is to focus on developing and implementing policy measures to reduce emissions of Fluorinated gases (F-gases) to meet CA’s aggressive greenhouse gas emission reduction targets (AB 32, SB 32, SB 1383). F-gases are potent global warming gases constituting chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). They are the fastest growing greenhouse gases in CA and the rest of the world and there is lot of activity nationwide and across the world to address F-gas emissions. In addition, the section leads research efforts to inventory, determine lifecycle impacts, and evaluate the feasibility of low global warming F-gas alternates in various applications.

The successful candidate will be part of a team responsible for the development and implementation of new CA regulations prohibiting high global warming F-gases to meet the legislatively mandated emission reduction targets. F-gases are used in a wide range of end use sectors such as aerosol propellants, refrigeration, air conditioning, and foam insulation applications. The successful candidate would work closely with affected stakeholders such as equipment manufacturers, contractors, service technicians, and end users to ensure compliance with the new rules. This will include understanding the challenges for each affected sector, having knowledge of commercially available alternative solutions, participating in discussions with stakeholders, and drafting outreach and compliance assistance materials. Other responsibilities include reviewing and analyzing reported data, assisting in the investigation of rule violations, evaluating the effectiveness of the regulations, assisting with proposed mitigation measures, and preparing briefing papers and rulemaking documents. In addition, this position will assist in providing technical and regulatory support to other U.S. states under the US Climate Alliance that are actively working towards adopting F-gas regulations in their jurisdictions. Some travel is required.

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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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: 9/26/2019

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: 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.
  • Degree and/or School Transcripts
  • Other - Please include a concise, well-written one page cover letter 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:

We are looking for a candidate who can demonstrate enthusiasm, initiative and resourcefulness; possesses excellent written and oral communication skills; has program planning and implementation experience; is able to understand technical and policy issues; has strong analytical and problem-solving skills; and works effectively with other staff. The successful candidate will have an educational background in science or engineering with general or specific knowledge of climate change, air quality and regulatory development. Knowledge of stationary refrigeration and air conditioning systems is highly desirable.

The most competitive applicants will have the demonstrated ability to: work effectively and cooperatively with a diverse stakeholder group including the public, local air districts, U.S.EPA, and other government agencies; anticipate program needs and initiate solutions; write concisely and effectively in everyday language; effectively use  common software programs: manage and analyze large datasets; communicate persuasively with agency executives and community members; and elicit cooperation and collaboration from  a wide variety  of stakeholders. The candidate must also be able to work independently, as a team member, and as a team leader, and have excellent interpersonal skills. The ability to work proactively and efficiently on multiple projects with strict deadlines is expected.

WHO MAY APPLY: For consideration, please send a signed application (STD. 678) to the address listed. Please refer to position number 673-xxx-xxxx-xxx on your application.


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