The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District) is a regional government agency, committed to achieving clean air to protect the public's health and the environment. The District accomplishes this goal through regulation of industrial facilities and various outreach and incentive programs designed to encourage clean air choices.
The Air District's jurisdiction encompasses all of seven counties - Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Napa, and portions of two others - southwestern Solano and southern Sonoma.
The Air District is currently accepting applications for Senior Air Quality Engineer in the Planning & Climate Protection Division. This is an open recruitment for one (1) full-time, represented position.
The Planning and Climate Protection Division analyzes sources of air pollution and greenhouse gases, prepares plans to meet air quality standards, and assists cities and counties with local air quality and climate programs including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The Planning and Climate Protection Division coordinates the integration of climate protection into Air District air quality and health plans and programs.
Under direction, provides lead direction to engineering staff and performs the more difficult and complex professional engineering work in a variety of areas such as greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and trends analysis and measurement; development of climate pollutant mitigation methods; development of air quality and climate protection plans and regulations; performs related work as assigned.
This is the specialist level class in this series. In addition to performing the more difficult and complex engineering work, responsibilities include functioning as the project leader for a variety of engineering projects, providing training to other District staff and coordinating technical data gathering and compilation and the preparation of special and technical reports. This class is distinguished from Supervising Air Quality Engineer in that the latter supervises the staff and participates in the activities of assigned air quality engineering responsibilities.
This is the advanced lead level in the professional engineering series. Incumbents provide lead direction to air quality engineers and performs highly specialized and difficult engineering projects. Incumbents are assigned to design and implement programs that require considerable professional knowledge and the use of independent judgement. This class is distinguished from the Principal Air Quality Engineer in that the latter has the responsibility for developing new programs and handling the most difficult, sensitive, or critical projects.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES FOR THIS POSITION Illustrative Only
Performs the more difficult and complex air quality engineering work such as, but not limited to, GHG emissions quantification and evaluation; emissions inventory development, forecasting and evaluation; and providing project leadership.
Conducts detailed engineering analysis of GHG sources and mitigation strategies; develops procedures to calculate and forecast GHG emissions from natural and man-made sources; develops methodologies for assessing GHG impacts of air quality and climate protection plans and programs; supports the development of air quality and climate protection plans and programs.
Assesses existing, and develops new, methods and tools to assist local governments with calculating impacts from local GHG reduction strategies and programs.
Conducts research into latest science and quantification and measurement practices to advance GHG quantification methodologies. Provides engineering expertise in preparing and updating the GHG emission inventory, including developing programs, structuring data and preparing long-range emission forecasts. Works with Air Quality Engineers, Planners and other Air District staff, as well as outside agencies and organizations, to explore options for advancing GHG inventory and evaluation methodologies.
Calculates, reviews, corrects and documents the GHG emissions inventory; evaluates accuracy of source emission calculations and methodologies.
Acquires, evaluates, and applies emissions models to geographic information systems, and relational data base to prepare and modify GHG emissions inventory estimates; uses a variety of software packages and computer programming languages to make engineering calculations, enter and retrieve data, and to monitor and correct data entry; writes and revises computer programs.
Advises on and supports the development of GHG rule-making; collaborates in the development of new regulations and evaluates GHG impacts from revisions to existing Air District procedures and regulations.
Supports the Air District's GHG measurement program, including using source tests and other air quality measurements to evaluate and improve GHG emissions inventories to support rule-making and other Air District programs.
Upon assignment, provides lead direction, training and work review to support staff on routine, continuing or well-defined tasks, prioritizes and follows up on work to ensure timely completion; coordinates and reviews the work of engineering and support staff involved in complex, sensitive and controversial engineering projects, studies and audits.
Upon request, provides input into key project decisions; coordinates technical data gathering and compilation, including coordination with other Air District sections and divisions.
Prepares and reviews presentation materials and documents for management or Board of Director requests; may make presentations to industry, the public or the Board of Directors; may testify on behalf of the Air District.
Performs, reviews, and directs the preparation of GHG analyses for permits, and environmental impact documents.
Responds to industry, public and Air District inquiries regarding GHG emission calculation methods in person, by telephone and in writing.
May manage contracts with vendors and consultants.
Conducts special studies and writes technical reports related to research and planning functions, and coordinates activities with Air District Staff, outside agencies and organizations.
Represents the Air District as technical expert in meetings with outside agencies, environmental groups and industry personnel.
May perform other related duties as assigned.
Education and Experience:
A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills is:
Equivalent to graduation from a four year college or university with major coursework in environmental, chemical, mechanical or petroleum engineering or a closely related field and two years of air quality environmental engineering experience at a level equivalent to the District's class of Air Quality Engineer II. A directly related graduate degree may be desirable for some assignments and may be substituted for one year of the experience.
Experience in greenhouse gas measurement or quantification is desirable.
How to Apply:
Interested individuals must submit a completed Air District application, chronological resume, and responses to the supplemental questionnaire by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 7, 2019. Applications are accepted online; please visit our website at www.baaqmd.gov/jobs to apply. Resumes must be attached to the application, and will not be accepted in lieu of the required application materials. Postmarks, faxes, and e-mailed applications will not be accepted.
Except as requested in this announcement, do not include any additional documents, such as letters of recommendation, performance evaluations, work samples, etc. They will not be considered or returned.
Supplemental Questions Instructions:
Individuals who apply for this position must respond to each of the required supplemental questions. Applications must be received by the Human Resources Office no later than the time and date specified in this vacancy announcement. The responses to the supplemental application questions will be used in accordance with the procedures indicated under the Selection Criteria section.
Please limit your responses to one page per question. Do not combine your responses or reference your application, resume, or any other requested documentation that you have included with your application packet to answer a question. This information will be evaluated as is and may be used to determine those applicants with the most directly related experience, education, and training to continue in the selection process. It is very important to provide a concise, clear, legible, complete response to each question.
You must provide the following for each question regarding experience: The name of the employer where you gained your experience, your job title, length of time in years/months performing the specific function, and detailed examples that illustrate your duties and responsibilities.
Selection may be based upon a competitive examination consisting of a written exercise, interview, or combination of the two. Depending on the number of qualified applicants, an application screening and/or panel interview may be used to determine the most qualified applicants.
The District may hire from this recruitment process to fill future vacancies occurring within the next 18 months.
Persons with disabilities who may require reasonable accommodations during the application and/or selection process should notify the Human Resources Office at (415) 749-4980.
About Bay Area Air Quality Management District
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (District) is a regional government agency, committed to achieving clean air to protect the public's health, the environment and the global climate. The District accomplishes this goal through regulation of industrial facilities, regional planning efforts and various outreach and incentive programs designed to encourage clean air choices.
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