Employment Opportunity


Hourly rate starting at $16/hr. Work-study program is accepted but not required.

 The Position: The APCD is looking for long-term interns to work in our Compliance and Planning Divisions from January 2022 through September 2022, or longer. The Compliance Division enforces permits, rules, and regulations; inspects businesses; reviews records; and more. The Planning Division involves air quality planning; emission inventory; rule development; education and outreach; grants and incentives; air monitoring; mobile source initiatives; interagency and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review.

Preferred majors include chemistry; physics; engineering; environmental studies, earth or atmospheric science; geography, or a closely related technical or scientific field of study.

Job Duties: Tasks may include, but won’t be limited to, reviewing reports and record submittals; data entry; inspections; generating compliance documents; research and field work to support air quality planning, grants, mitigation, monitoring, and emission inventory efforts; and outreach.

How to Apply: Email the following to [email protected] by noon on December 3, 2021:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. Answers to the supplemental questions

Supplemental Questions: (Please limit your response to 250 words for each question)

  1. Which internship are you most interested in (Compliance or Planning) and why?
  2. Explain a complex topic you’ve learned about recently in one paragraph.
  3. The APCD requires permitted businesses to submit an annual report each year (see more information here: www.ourair.org/annual-reports/). Why are annual reports important?
  4. Briefly describe what you think an air pollution compliance inspection of an emergency diesel generator entails.
  5. Describe an idea for a new clean air grant or incentive program that reduces air pollution and benefits people and/or businesses in our community. Discuss key factors that will lead to the program’s success.
  6. Describe a significant air quality challenge that impacts Santa Barbara County and discuss potential solutions to address this challenge.

Eligibility and Interview: The cover letter, resume, and answers to the supplemental questions will be used to determine placement on the eligible list for each position. Interviews are tentatively scheduled to occur on December 17, 20, and 21, 2021.

Learn more about us at www.OurAir.org

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals needing special accommodation to participate in the recruitment process must contact SBCAPCD’s Human Resources Department in writing and provide the type of accommodation, no later than the final filing deadline.

To download a PDF copy of the Compliance & Planning Internship Announcement, click here.