Air Quality Engineer I-II-III
$75,658 – $111,613/Annually

The Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District is conducting a recruitment to fill an Air Quality Engineer I-II-III position in the Engineering Division.

THE POSITION: As an air quality engineer, you will gain valuable experience as well as perform a variety of duties related to equipment and processes in the air pollution control field.  Typical duties include  reviewing permit applications, plans, and reports for completeness, correctness, and compliance; writing permits for local air pollution sources; interpreting air quality rules and regulations; reviewing equipment that emits air pollution; calculating air pollutant emissions; analyzing air pollution control equipment and processes; and leading and participating in meetings with local air pollution sources as well as the public.  You will also be trained in toxic risk analysis and assessment as well as emission source testing.

The Air Quality Engineer I is the entry-level class of the series.  Incumbents work under immediate supervision while performing the less complex office and professional engineering work and routine assignments of the unit.

The Air Quality Engineer II is the fully experienced journey level class of the series which requires performance of more difficult tasks requiring a working knowledge of engineering principles, practices and equipment used in air quality analysis and control.

The Air Quality Engineer III is the advanced journey-level class in the series. Incumbents work with minimal supervision, are lead workers, exercise independent judgement/decision-making, and administer programs/projects within the Division.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE: Will possess a high attention to detail and effectively communicate information both verbally and in written form.  The candidate must also possess a fundamental or working knowledge of principles and practices of engineering used in air pollution analysis and control including physics, chemistry, mathematics, elementary thermodynamics, natural sciences, and meteorology as related to air quality management/air pollution control; research methods, methods of statistical analysis, principles and methods of measuring atmospheric conditions and pollution levels as well as chemical and physical characteristics of air impurities and their interactions with the environment; engineering calculations and statistical methods; AND possess the ability to plan, direct, organize, and carry out comprehensive engineering studies, evaluations and analyses; prepare clear, complete, and technically accurate reports; perform mathematical and statistical analyses; interpret, explain, and enforce regulations and policies; develop recommendations based on findings, and reach sound and defensible conclusions.


Air Quality Engineer I: Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree with a preferred major in chemical, mechanical, petroleum or environmental engineering;

Air Quality Engineer II: In addition to the Air Quality Engineer I, at least two years of professional experience: (a) as an Air Quality Engineer I and/or in the investigation/enforcement of air pollution control regulations, and/or (c) in the design of either mechanical equipment or mechanical processes used in air pollution control;

Air Quality Engineer III:  In addition to the requirements for the Air Quality Engineer I, at least four years of professional experience: (a) as an Air Quality Engineer I/II and/or (b) in the investigation/enforcement of air pollution control regulations, and/or (c) in the design of either mechanical equipment or chemical processes used in air pollution control and two years of increasingly responsible professional experience performed in an independent manner.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Possession or the ability to obtain and maintain a Class C California driver’s license.

SELECTION PROCESS: To apply, individuals must submit: (1) a completed official SBCAPCD application, (2) an Ideal Candidate Statement, and (3) a detailed resume by 4:30 p.m. March 6, 2020 in order to be considered for the position. Completed applications should be made to the attention of Leticia Gomez and can be hand delivered or mailed to the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District’s main office located at 260 North San Antonio Road, Suite A, Santa Barbara, CA 93110, OR e-mailed to [email protected] . For an application packet or more information, contact the APCD at (805) 961-8800 or go to

All applications will be reviewed and screened based on necessary employment standards for the position. Applicants that best meet the minimum employment standards as determined by the application materials will be invited to participate in the written and oral examination for this position. Qualified applicants will be placed on an eligibility list that will remain in effect three months from the date the list is established. 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.

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