[ES_JOBS_NET] Staff Air Pollution Specialist, California Air Resources Board

Miller, Karin@ARB Karin.Miller at arb.ca.gov
Tue Aug 2 16:00:23 MDT 2016

State Air Resources Board
Final Filing Date: 8/19/2016
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Position Details
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$8,105.00 - $10,146.00

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Work Location:

Sacramento County

Job Type:

Permanent, Full Time

Job Description and Duties
The Emission and Exposure Research Section has an opening for a staff air pollution specialist who will take a leading role in methane and other GHG research efforts in support of ARB programs and in compliance with Assembly Bill 1496 (AB 1496) to study high-emission methane hot spots in the State. The Section is responsible for the design, implementation, analysis, and synthesis of applied research studies to evaluate the emission behavior, and air pollution, exposure, and climate impacts of important air pollution emission sources (mobile sources, oil and gas activities, landfills, dairies, etc.).  Section staff are responsible for undertaking in-house research studies, and routinely participate in advanced research efforts with leading researchers from various universities, national and state research labs, and manage important extramural research contracts.  Section staff are tasked with developing complex studies involving mobile measurement platforms, remote sensing applications, and emission flux towers, and responsible for managing ground-breaking research efforts including the Statewide Methane Surveys, and the Statewide GHG Monitoring Network.
The selected candidate will be responsible for implementing the research program envisioned under AB 1496, and to leverage other research efforts on methane emissions to achieve a step change in our understanding of methane emissions sources. The candidate will need to interact and lead the coordination with other ARB divisions, stakeholders, industry representatives, local air districts, and researchers, state and federal partners. The research should be arranged and communicated to maximize its utility for inventories, regulatory and program efforts at ARB, and the State's goal of reducing methane emissions by 40% by 2030.  Specifically, the candidate will be tasked with development and implementation of large-scale field studies to improve our understanding of the different GHG emission sources, and should have detailed knowledge of the impacts and distribution of the various GHG emissions source sectors throughout the State.  Candidates must have experience with stakeholder coordination and interactions, and the ability to effectively translate scientific and research findings into useable program and policy recommendations. The candidate will be expected to publish research findings in the scientific literature. Other responsibilities include advanced computational modeling for data analysis (source apportionment, inverse modeling, etc.), air pollution trend analyses, and other statistical and numerical analyses to handle large and complex datasets.  The selected candidate will be positioned to advise the Agency on GHG research and program planning efforts, and have opportunities to network with national and international stakeholders to provide scientific recommendations for climate policy development and implementation.
Special Requirements
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 by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered.
Final Filing Date: 8/19/2016
Who May Apply
Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, eligible for a Training and Development assignment, have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility, or have list eligibility (or are in the process of obtaining list eligibility). SROA and Surplus candidates may attach "surplus letters" to their applications. Applicants must meet any Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s). Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected for an interview.
How To Apply
Complete Application Packages (Applications and any applicable or required documents) must be submitted electronically through your CalCareer account at www.jobs.ca.gov.
Required Application Documents
Please submit the following items with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  *   State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678. 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.
  *   Other -
Please submit one-page cover letter describing how your skills would make you a good candidate for this position (curriculum vitae and other materials will be considered, but do not substitute for the cover letter).

  *   Resume is required and must be included.
  *   Degree and/or School Transcripts
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.

In order to be eligible for this position you must take the supplemental application exam, demonstrating you meet the education and/or experience requirements.   You must score a minimum of 70% to be placed on the eligibility list.  Click here<http://www.arb.ca.gov/personnel/jobs/exams/6ar12.pdf> for the exam bulletin, which includes a link to the exam. The SAPS exam is open until August 11.

Click here<http://www.calhr.ca.gov/state-hr-professionals/Pages/3887.aspx> to review the Air Pollution Specialist class specifications.

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:
The most competitive candidate should have a strong scientific and technical background, an advanced degree in engineering or other scientific disciplines, and detailed knowledge of air pollution and climate change science, emission behavior of air pollution sources, and a broad knowledge of ARB programs and policies, especially those related to greenhouse gases and climate change policy.  Candidate should also have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, critical thinking skills, the ability to meet deadlines, planning and management experience on major projects, and the ability to effectively interact with all levels of staff within the Agency, and other government agencies, international groups, industry, non-governmental agencies, and other public stakeholders.  The candidate should have the ability to analyze technical data, develop solutions and present technical information in a clear, concise, and logically organized manner, and proven record of accomplishment in completing difficult projects.  Expertise in statistical analysis and database applications skills for managing and analyzing large-scale datasets is highly desirable.  The candidate should be a team player with a positive attitude, dedication, and a desire to make original and sustained contributions to the ARB.
Contact Information
The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

  *   Department Website: http://www.arb.ca.gov
  *   Human Resources Contact:
Melissa Lavrigata
(916) 322-8001

  *   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:
Lori Lopez
(916) 323-7053
lori.lopez at arb.ca.gov

  *   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.
Job Posting: https://www.jobs.ca.gov/Public/JobPosting.aspx?q=cEhwzXJX0IYuxbfmE6v38A2uLMkYZ80U7pUWZvs%2fO7GBkYW8ES2dcDqdZ1tRR%2fX6haOR8u6RQhMyvcHx8V%2fDlHl6ztsTsGFz45mUwOzoU%2bR7dhXCn7KLjMFp8Jt1m%2fOA1AZGuEPf3HZhF0F7FRCWB76xGmNAma8E4aclulPqgyg%3d

Karin Miller
Administrative Section
ARB Research Division
karin.miller at arb.ca.gov<mailto:karin.miller at arb.ca.gov>

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