Job Posting: Behavioral Scientist

State Air Resources Board

Behavioral Scientist

$5,054.00 - $9,781.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 12/11/2019

Job Description and Duties

The California Air Resources Board (CARB), the lead agency in California on air quality and climate, is seeking an experienced behavioral scientist to inform policy and regulations.  The scientist will have the exciting opportunity to help develop CARB’s approach to incorporate behavioral analysis into our long-term research and planning. This cutting-edge research is necessary to ensure equitable and effective emission reductions that are beyond traditional technology based options.


Over the past fifty years, CARB has been a global leader in reducing emissions of air pollutants and has achieved vastly improved air quality in what used to be some of the smoggiest places on earth. These air quality improvements, in many cases, relied on the installation of emission control technologies that were transparent to the California citizenry. However, as California tackles climate and air quality equity (ensuring that all Californians have access to clean breathable air) our programs are touching individuals more directly, our programs rely more heavily on incentives, and individual behaviors and choices have consequential impacts on air quality and climate.


The selected candidate will represent the initial effort at CARB to incorporate insights from behavioral science. The candidate is expected to work independently, but under the general guidance of the direct supervisor and management team. Specific duties will include conducting research on behavioral science as it pertains to CARB priorities, identify research gaps, and work with academia and guide extramural research. The position will also be integral in evaluating agency wide programs, including regulations, incentive programs and community outreach materials from a behavioral science aspect and make recommendations to improve outcomes. The incumbent will also make additional recommendations for how to incorporate behavioral science, coordinate with internal and external stakeholders, attend and present at conferences, and write peer reviewed publications. The candidate is expected to interact with academia, other state of California agencies, our federal and international partners. This position represents the highest caliber of public service and the most impactful place for the nexus between behavioral science and climate policy.


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:
Behavioral Scientist
$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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Special Requirements

If college course work is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must include a copy of your degree 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: 12/11/2019

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.
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:

A proven record of, or demonstrated ability to, guide government programs using behavioral science to improve impact, compliance, and effect.

Hard working, independent, and able to take general guidance to direct work.

A desire to have a lasting impact and to serve the public while improving air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Appreciate and thrive at the nexus of science and policy.

Excellent communicator, both verbal and written, diplomatic and persuasive.

Large professional network, and experience with research.

Innovative, pro-active, goal oriented.

Team oriented with ability to work across disciplines and programs.  

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


Please write the position number on the 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