Job Posting: Climate Expert for Sustainable & Equitable Communities

State Air Resources Board

Climate Expert for Sustainable & Equitable Communities

$8,985.00 - $11,248.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 1/31/2020

Job Description and Duties

The Sustainable Transportation and Communities Division is looking for a creative, analytical, and diplomatic Staff Air Pollution Specialist (SAPS) to work in its Climate Investments Implementation Section.  According to a recent CARB report, the State will not meet its climate goals if California’s housing crisis continues to increase Californians’ need to drive.  Our section is looking to hire a SAPS that can help California tackle the interconnected issues around housing shortages, transportation needs, and climate pollution.  The position will require a significant amount of initiative, knowledge, and leadership ability.  


You will be responsible for providing the Division with in-depth expertise on strategies to reduce climate and air pollution through the promotion of infill housing, transit-oriented or transit-ready development, land-use, affordable housing, equitable growth, and other strategies; related State, Federal, and regional/local policies, research, plans, and programs; and the benefits that these efforts can have for the climate, public health, equity, conservation, economic opportunity, and more. You will lead the Branch and Division's housing- and land-use-related work targeted at reducing greenhouse gases and air pollution through policies and programs that connect housing, transportation, and land use.  Using your expertise and seasoned judgment, you will develop constructive relationships with program managers and staff within CARB and at other State agencies and then work independently to provide technical and policy support to CARB and other State agencies. You will oversee or support cross-division teams to identify and carry out strategic priorities and to enhance work in this topic area. You will also help lead and support other agencies and cross-agency efforts.


As the SAPS of the section, you will also lead and review the work of Section and Branch staff as they engage with other State agencies on housing, infrastructure, and land use matters and carry out related technical tasks. You will use your technical expertise to review work by staff developing and implementing methods to quantify environmental, economic, and public health benefits from investments in sustainable, equitable communities. You will review work to incorporate these long-term climate and air quality priorities for the housing and land use sector into policy and guidance documents developed by other staff in the Branch and Climate Investments programs being implemented by CARB and other State agencies.


The position may also involve efforts to develop requirements for agencies investing in disadvantaged and low-income communities; lead section research and contract efforts; lead or advise efforts related to public outreach and external communications; prepare and present comprehensive reports; serve as a resource and critical point of contact to the Division and across CARB on GHG policies, incentives, and reductions; prepare and present program issues and policies to CARB management and stakeholders; consider and resolve differences in input from affected governments, the private sector, and non-governmental advocates as well as academics; and represent CARB in public forums.  You will be required to work closely with the other Staff APS in the Branch to identify projects, develop strategies, review deliverables for policy and scientific accuracy, resolve sensitive program issues with tact and diplomacy, and represent the program in meetings with other Divisions, the Executive Office, the Chairman’s Office, the Board, CalEPA, other State agencies, the Administration, the Legislature, local governments, businesses, communities, and advocacy groups.  Travel within California will be required.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) office is located in the beautiful CalEPA building in downtown Sacramento.

  • Position is located in a high-rise building.
  • Requires being in a stationary position consistent with office work, extended periods.
  • Standard office environment (for example, artificial lighting, controlled temperature, etc.)
  • Daily use of a personal computer, office equipment, and/or telephone.
  • Travel within California will be required.

    Minimum Requirements

    You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

    Position Details

    Job Code #:
    Position #(s):
    Working Title:
    Climate Expert for Sustainable & Equitable Communities
    $8,985.00 - $11,248.00
    # 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

    This is a Permanent Fulltime position.  In order to be considered for this position, you must indicate "Permanent Fulltime" and "Sacramento County" in your Employment References in your CalCareer Account.

    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: 1/31/2020

    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
    Drop off in the First Floor's Visitors' Center and hours don't apply to weekends or state holidays.
    07:30 AM - 05:00 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 required and must be included.
    • Degree and/or School Transcripts
    • Other - Cover Letter is required and must be included.

      Please include a concise, well-written one page cover letter that highlights your interest in, and qualifications for, 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 highly motivated individual with strong scientific and policy knowledge and interpersonal skills to be able to independently complete a range of both technical and policy assignments around the climate and public health effects of housing, transportation, and land use actions.  


    Scientific or engineering background and public policy background are required, with experience in one or more of the following areas: sustainable communities, affordable housing, infill building, transit-oriented or transit-ready development, or land-use planning.  The candidate must have established expertise in CARB’s major air quality and climate goals; State and Federal housing, land-use, and transportation-related policies and programs; city or regional planning; and how housing decisions impact GHG and criteria pollutant emissions from the transportation sector.  Knowledge of GHG or air pollution regulatory or incentive emission reduction programs, the California budget and legislative processes, economic development and job creation, social justice advancement via housing and transportation policy, land and natural resources conservation, and the public health impacts of the built environment is also relevant and welcome.  


    The candidate must have demonstrated the capacity to serve as a strategic leader, an initiator, a diplomat, and a negotiator.  The job requires a positive attitude and an ability to independently work to create and implement strategic plans that link action to outcomes; connect individual project assignments to broader agency objectives; initiate and sustain collaborative teams; anticipate program needs and initiate solutions; successfully negotiate solutions to sensitive program conflicts with tact and diplomacy; lead incentive programs and external contracts; and work well with other staff and managers. The candidate must have strong communication skills, with an ability to speak and write effectively using direct, concise, and non-technical language. The candidate must have a high degree of organization and project management skills, allowing them to manage multiple high priority assignments under accelerated and competing deadlines, be adaptable to a rapidly changing policy and political environment, and be comfortable with a flexible and highly collaborative management structure based on cross-sectional project teams.  


    The candidate will need to have demonstrated technical skills that will allow them to independently develop new analytical methods with limited data, as well as to provide QA/QC on staff analyses. Knowledge or experience of the following would be helpful: environmental and economic cost/benefit analyses; research or information technology contract management; existing stationary, mobile, and natural source emissions quantification methods; State and local emission inventories; and modeling tools for transportation, land use, or energy such as EMFAC, CalEEMod, DEER or similar.


    The Benefits of working at CARB in the CalEPA building:

    • Exercise/Wellness Classes during Lunch Hour
    • On site Gym and Exercise Equipment
    • On site Locker and Shower Facilities
    • On site Day Care Facility
    • On site Cafeteria
    • Indoor Bicycle Lockers
    • Nearby Public Transportation
    • Nearby Third Party Parking Facility
    • Nearby Farmer's Market (Summer)


    The Benefits of working for the State of California click on the hyperlink:

    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 applicationthey 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.

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

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

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


    If using non-CARB experience to meet MQ, please explain how your duties and responsibilities are air pollution/air emission control related.

    If using education to meet MQ, please highlight on your transcript, course work in mathematics, physical and/or natural science; or trade school education in electronics, auto mechanics or related fields. 

    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