Job Posting: Air Pollution Specialist

State Air Resources Board

Air Pollution Specialist

$5,054.00 - $9,781.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 1/28/2020

Job Description and Duties

The Mobile Source Analysis Branch (MSAB) in AQPSD develops emissions inventory methods, models, databases, and tools to support on-road emissions assessment needs in the areas of air quality planning, transportation planning, photochemical modeling, and project level assessment.  Major projects include the development and refinement of the EMFAC on-road emissions inventory model for air quality and transportation planning, and new tools to estimate on-road emissions.  The section also plays a key role in development of on-road heavy duty mobile source regulations by providing technical support to regulatory divisions within CARB.


Under the direction of the Section Manager, the incumbent will develop and utilize techniques to process, synthesize, and make sense of the increasing amounts of highly detailed, off-cycle and real-world emissions and activity data (e.g. data collected via PEMS, PAMS, OBD systems, chassis dynamometer testing and other telemetry-based systems) as well as to compare these new data against currently available mobile source emissions and activity data and to update model assumptions.  These investigations will require forward thinking to anticipate the emission inventory associated effects of future regulatory activities on fleet characteristics and vehicle technologies, including hybrid-electric engine and powertrain developments, fuel-technology interactions, and cleaner combustion heavy duty diesel engines (i.e., low NOx engines). Under direction of the Section manager, the incumbent will also develop, implement and apply data mining work plans to support next generation mobile source regulations and future EMFAC model designs, formulations, and data updates.  Through participation in various workgroups and potential team leadership opportunities, the incumbent will stay abreast of the state-of-the-science in existing, new, or evolving data collection and data integration techniques related to on-road emission models and emissions modeling techniques (e.g. USEPA’s MOVES model).  They will also provide review of technical reports, memoranda, and other documents intended for management or outside stakeholders.  

In addition to technical data analysis and model development, staff are routinely asked to review the work of others, and to communicate with a wide variety of internal and external clients.  We expect applicants to have an ability to communicate effectively on a technical and policy level, both verbally and in writing, with a wide variety of stakeholders including other CARB Divisions, government agencies, policymakers, industry, environmental organizations, and the public.

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.
  • Required being in a stationary position consistent with office work for extended periods.
  • Standard office environment (for example, artificial lighting, controlled temperature, etc.)
  • Daily use of a personal computer, office equipment, and/or telephone

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: 1/28/2020

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: Jonathan Webb
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:

Jonathan Webb
1001 I Street, 20th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
08:00 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- Cover letter is required and must be submitted
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:

Ideally, we are looking for a self-motivated and creative individual who possesses a detailed understanding of methodologies to characterize on-road vehicle emissions and activity characteristics or a background that will enable them to quickly come up to speed in this area of expertise. This ideal candidate would have experience in mobile source emission control technologies, vehicle emissions certification and test procedures, techniques for estimating emissions from vehicle testing data and aware of recent findings regarding emissions of on-road vehicles. The successful candidate for this position will have strong organizational and critical thinking skills, possess curiosity and resourcefulness, demonstrate initiative, and have excellent written and oral communication skills.  The incumbent must have the ability to understand technical and policy issues, have strong analytical and problem-solving skills, have the ability to work effectively with other staff, and coordinate with community, industry, and government stakeholders.  The successful candidate must be able to work both independently and in a team setting, have excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to handle rapidly changing priorities while working under tight deadlines, often devising solutions where none existed previously.  


The incumbent must apply scientific principles to analyze data, develop solutions and work plans, and present information effectively both verbally and in writing. The individual will also have demonstrated experience with data mining techniques; including ‘hands on’ experience with complex datasets, databases, statistical analysis, and computer programming, ideally using Python, MySQL, Excel, and R.  Additionally, the successful candidate will demonstrate that they can lead and participate in on-road emissions inventory projects involving confidential or policy sensitive information with good judgment and discretion and elicit cooperation and build consensus from project teams and a wide variety of stakeholders, using tact and diplomacy. The most competitive candidate will also be an effective communicator to present findings or recommendation to CARB management or at public workshops/conferences.


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


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:
Jonathan Webb
(916) 323-3303

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 5:00PM, 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.


If you are new to State service, you can follow the link below to view the necessary steps to apply and be eligible for a State position:


For reference, Minimum Qualifications for the classification can be found at the following link:

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