Job Posting: Air Pollution Specialist

State Air Resources Board

Air Pollution Specialist

$5,054.00 - $9,781.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 9/25/2019

Job Description and Duties

The Incentives and Technology Advancement Branch invites applications to join a friendly and energetic team of professional staff designing and implementing programs to help achieve California's ambitious air quality, climate, and environmental justice goals. The branch is responsible for implementing three incentive programs: the Community Air Protection Funds, to cut mobile and stationary source emissions in pollution-burdened communities designated under Assembly Bill 617; the Carl Moyer Program, which funds cleaner-than-required heavy-duty vehicles and equipment; and the EFMP/Clean Cars 4 All Program, which enables lower income Californians to retire older high-emitting cars and light trucks and replace them with clean vehicle alternatives at manageable cost. These programs clean up older, high-emitting engines, equipment and vehicles through grants for replacement, repower, retirement and retrofit projects administered through local air districts.

The person in this position will apply scientific methods and principles to multiple duties, such as the following:
• Maintain, test, and improve systems to track incentive program projects and funding, including the calculation and reporting of emission reduction benefits and cost-effectiveness;
• Develop policy recommendations and technical solutions to address a variety of air pollution issues identified by communities and support local development of projects funded by incentive programs;
• Review local implementation of incentive programs relative to program guidelines and government accounting standards;
• Work with ARB staff, local air districts and the public to resolve technical, economic, and policy issues related to the interaction of vehicle and equipment regulations, incentive funding, and advanced technologies;
• In consultation with air districts and members of the public, provide technical expertise and policy support for reducing emissions from mobile and stationary sources throughout the state, including rural areas and disadvantaged communities;
• Respond to public inquiries related to the implementation of incentive programs and increase awareness of the available incentives within a community;

The person in this position will work closely with staff and management implementing California’s emission reduction incentive programs and regulations, alongside ARB information services, legal, administrative, legislative, and public relations teams, and in close coordination with affected air districts and other state agencies. The person in this position will participate in public participation opportunies such as public meetings, workshops, and events and analyze the role incentive programs play within that community.

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
$5,054.00 - $9,781.00
# 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: 9/25/2019

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
08:00 AM - 04:30 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.
  • Degree and/or School Transcripts
  • Other - Cover Letter is required.
  • Statement of Qualifications -

    2 page maximum. Applicants must include a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) for this recruitment. The SOQ is a narrative discussion prepared by the applicant describing how the applicant’s skills, knowledge, abilities, education, training, and experience, qualify them for the position. The SOQ serves as documentation of each candidate’s ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing. CARB will not consider applicants who fail to provide an SOQ with their application. Resumes do not take place of the SOQ. Please include your name.

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:

Successful candidates for this position will be personable, possess strong policy, technical, analytical and communication skills; demonstrate independent initiative, quick thinking, and problem-solving skills, be able to critically evaluate various forms of data, and work effectively under pressure and in a team setting. Desirable candidates will have experience leading the development of new projects, working with the public and government agencies, and working in a team environment to improve systems and provide constructive review of technical and policy products. Knowledge of mobile source emissions controls and advanced technologies, pollution reduction incentive programs, database systems, and/or and government accounting principles is preferred.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified candidates will be interviewed.

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