Employment Opportunity

Air Quality Specialist I-II-III
$5,761 – $8,463/Month

The Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District is establishing an employment list for an Air Quality Specialist I-II-III to fill a vacancy in the Planning Division with a hybrid remote work schedule.  This vacancy may be filled at either level depending on the applicant’s qualifications.

The Position – The Air Quality Specialist I is the entry and training level class of the series. Incumbents work under immediate supervision and may perform routine tasks in land use and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review, air quality and transportation planning, emissions inventory, air quality and meteorological monitoring and forecasting, implementation of special projects including grant and incentive projects, education and outreach.  Complexity of tasks increase over time as the incumbents become familiar with District rules and develop a working knowledge of local, state, and federal laws governing air pollution.

The Air Quality Specialist II is the fully experienced journey-level class of the series.  Incumbents work under general supervision while performing the more difficult and complex assignments requiring an in-depth working knowledge of District rules and the regulatory framework of air pollution control at both the state and federal level.

The Air Quality Specialist III is the advanced journey level class in the series and performs the most difficult and complex tasks. Incumbents work with minimal supervision; are lead workers; exercise independent judgement and decision-making and administer programs/projects within the Division. The Air Quality Specialist III is not considered a supervisory class in that selection and discipline of employees is not assigned to this level and the number of employees for which direction is provided is limited.

The Ideal Candidate –The ideal candidate will be knowledgeable of State and Federal regulations governing air quality control, CEQA requirements, principles and practices used in transportation and air quality planning, as well as statistical methods and mathematical concepts used in environmental and air quality planning.  The ideal candidate will have an understanding of relationships between transportation planning, physical designs, demographic, environmental, and socio-economic variables and air quality goals as well as underlying principles of complex processes in physics, chemistry, natural sciences, and meteorology as they relate to air pollution control and analysis.  The candidate will possess and demonstrate sound judgment when dealing with the public, grant applicants, the regulated community, and other agencies.  Additionally, the candidate will be a skilled communicator, capable of interpreting and articulating technical information and requirements of APCD rules, the Health and Safety code, and California and Federal Clean Air Acts.  Knowledge and/or previous experience working with specialized programs and applications for air quality planning, emissions measurement, grant and incentive programs, and assessing atmospheric conditions is highly desired.

Position Requirements – Air Quality Specialist IGraduation with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, preferably with a major in chemistry; meteorology, environmental or atmospheric science, reginal urban, environmental or transportation planning or closely related field.

Air Quality Specialist II – Knowledge, education, and experience equivalent to that above and two or more years of professional experience in air pollution control, CEQA review, or in air quality emission and control technology analysis.

Air Quality Specialist III – Knowledge, education, and experience equivalent to the above and one additional year of increasingly responsible professional experience performed in an independent manner.

Other Requirements – Possession of or ability to obtain a Class C California driver’s license.

Evaluation Process – Application materials will be reviewed for completeness to establish whether candidates meet the minimum qualifications of the position.  This determination will be based solely on the information provided by applicants in the requested materials. Applicants who best meet the minimum qualifications and receive a passing score of 70% on the supplemental questions will be invited to participate in the interview process.

How to Apply – Interested individuals must submit (1) a completed official SBCAPCD application signed by the applicant, (2) a detailed resume, (3) ideal candidate statement and (4) complete the supplemental questions, no later than noon, Friday, September 30, 2022. Please visit our website at www.ourair.org to download an application. Applications may be emailed to [email protected], mailed or delivered to the District’s main office located at 260 N. San Antonio Rd., Suite A, Santa Barbara, CA 93110, attention Leticia Gomez. Mailed applications must be postmarked no later than Friday, September 30, 2022. An eligibility list for this position will remain in effect for three months from the date it is established.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals needing special accommodations to participate in the recruitment process must contact the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District Human Resources department in writing of the type and extent of accommodation no later than the final filing deadline.

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To view Air Quality Specialist I-II-III Announcement, click here.
To view Air Quality Specialist I-II-III Supplemental Questions, click here.
To view Air Quality Specialist I-II-III Class Specification, click here.


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