The South Coast Air Quality Management District is recruiting for Assistant Air Quality Specialists and/or Air Quality Specialists to fill multiple vacancies in various units within our Planning, Rule Development, and Area Sources division, as listed below. From this recruitment process, we expect to establish an eligible list from which current and future vacancies requiring a similar background may be filled, during the 6-12 month life of the list.
Responsible for developing proposals for new and amended rules that regulate criteria pollutant and toxic air contaminant emissions, and administrative rules.
AB2588 Toxics Hot Spots
Responsible for the preparation and review of air toxics inventory reports, health risk assessments including air dispersion modeling, and risk reduction plans for industrial facilities.
Annual Emissions Reporting
Responsible for developing emission inventories for both point and area sources through the AER Program for both criteria and toxic pollutants and conducting audits of annual emission reports submitted by industries through the AER program.
The primary responsibilities for these positions will vary by unit, and may include (but are not limited to):
Performing complex technical analysis, preparing rule concepts, rule language, staff reports, presentation materials, and conducting meetings with internal and external stakeholders as part of the rule development process.
Collecting and reviewing South Coast AQMD permits, compliance information, emissions data, or other data to develop and help implement rules.
Performing complex air quality data analysis and preparing research reports and publications based on special air quality monitoring studies.
Conducting and reviewing air quality modeling using AERMOD for CEQA documents, permitting, health risk assessments, and compliance plans; Interacting with regulated industry and reviewing their air pollution emissions inventories, health risk assessments, and risk reduction strategies.
Analyzing information and data leading to the preparation of written documents such as findings and recommendations, plans, reports, policy papers, rule drafts, and other supporting documents.
Performing various other staff work unique to the unit to which assigned.
Working collaboratively with stakeholders from industry, environmental and community groups, other agencies, and staff from other South Coast AQMD divisions.
Attendance and possible travel to conferences or symposiums necessary to develop and maintain expertise based on the unit to which assigned.
Attending South Coast AQMD-sponsored meetings after hours or on weekends.
CLASSIFICATION STANDARDS: These are alternatively staffed classes, as the duties performed are similar and vary primarily in the degree of complexity of assignments, the depth of knowledge required, and the independence of action with which duties are performed. Positions are allocated at the Air Quality Specialist level. New staff may be hired at either level, depending on their qualifications and the needs of South Coast AQMD. Individuals hired at the level of Assistant Air Quality Specialist are eligible for consideration for promotion to the next level upon successful performance of assigned duties for the required minimum period of time.
ASSISTANT AIR QUALITY SPECIALIST is the entry-level class in the professional air pollution control series. Incumbents perform assignments within established guidelines to develop sufficient knowledge and further experience for advancement to the Air Quality Specialist level. Initiative and judgment are required to perform air quality evaluations, analyses, planning and rule development activities, and other assignments.
AIR QUALITY SPECIALIST is the experienced, journey-level class in the professional air pollution control series. Incumbents perform the more responsible, varied, and complex work. Air Quality Specialist is distinguished from the next higher class of Program Supervisor in that the incumbents of the latter class either supervise a unit of professional and technical employees or are responsible for the development and oversight of specific programs involving more independent and complex professional work.
In addition to the Minimum Qualifications which follow, the most competitively qualified candidates will possess:
A bachelor’s degree (or higher) in a subject related to air quality, dispersion modeling, meteorology, or engineering.
Training and experience that demonstrates proficient knowledge of the South Coast AQMD regulatory program for criteria pollutants and/or toxic air contaminants.
Training and indirect or direct experience with policy development, the South Coast AQMD rule development process toxic control programs and the rule development process.
Training and indirect or directly-related experience with annual emissions reporting such as strong technical ability to understand emissions calculations for a wide variety of source categories, knowledge and experience with the application of the Annual Emissions Web-based Reporting, or transferable knowledge, experience, and skills to quickly understand the Annual Emissions Web-based Reporting Tool, direct knowledge and experience in performing AER audits, or transferable knowledge and experience with performing emissions audits, and ability to operate different computer software programs, such as Word, Excel and familiarity with PATS, PPS, CLASS, Facility Permit and other software programs used by South Coast AQMD.
Training and indirect or directly-related experience with AB2588, such as the preparation of air toxics inventory reports, health risk assessments, risk reduction plans, or other related programs or training and transferable experience that is related to one or more of these or other job duties in PRDAS, including conducting and/or reviewing air quality health risk assessments in a regulatory setting, toxics emission inventory development, and developing/conducting complex computer-based data analyses.
Training and indirect or directly-related experience in air dispersion modeling, such as the proficient use of the AERMOD modeling system, which consists of AERMET, AERSURFACE, and other applications and knowledge of the principles of Gaussian plume modeling.
Knowledge or an understanding of different air pollution control technologies and strategies to reduce point source and fugitive emissions.
Experience with, and knowledge of, the technical evaluation of emissions inventories, air quality models, air quality measurements, emissions data, stationary or mobile source control technologies, health risk assessments, CEQA, and/or other environmental issues.
Skill with related computer applications and tools for data analysis, research, mapping and report preparation.
Ability to research and review complex air quality issues and technical documents, make recommendations, and communicate key issues, orally and in writing.
Ability to effectively communicate agency positions and potential air toxic issues at meetings, workshops and public hearings.
Exceptional oral presentation and written communication skills.
Demonstrated ability to successfully handle multiple projects and shifting and competing priorities while meeting deadlines.
EDUCATION: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in engineering, environmental science, planning, or the physical, social, or biological sciences, depending upon the functions of the assigned unit.
ASSISTANTAIRQUALITY SPECIALIST: No experience is required.
AIRQUALITY SPECIALIST: Two years of technical air quality or professional analytical experience that would demonstrate the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position to which assigned.
KNOWLEDGE OF: One or more professional disciplines, such as chemistry, toxics, statistics, economics, environmental planning, or engineering, with emphasis on its relationship to planning, rule development, or engineering activities; principles, methods, and procedures of environmental review, planning, rule development, or air quality monitoring, including related instrumentation; air quality regulations and review process; air quality modeling; emissions calculations; PC software applications commonly used in the field; research methods and techniques, including statistical and computer applications for data analysis; professional report writing; and State, federal, and local programs, guidelines, and code regulations related to air quality management.
SKILL OR ABILITY TO: Compile, analyze, and interpret technical air quality data; learn and apply District air quality regulations to stationary and mobile source monitoring; monitor and evaluate the performance of consultants; oversee stationary and mobile source monitoring projects under minimum supervision; maintain accurate records of air quality planning, research, monitoring, or rule development projects and prepare clear and persuasive reports and recommendations; represent South Coast AQMD interests at public, professional, and internal meetings and communicate with a variety of technical and professional air quality and legal staff; maintain current knowledge of applicable federal, State, and local regulations and technical or scientific developments; provide expert testimony, advice, and counsel in a specialized field; apply appropriate computer-based analytical techniques to complex air pollution control problems; develop new techniques and approaches to the solution of complex air pollution control problems; proficiently use PC and mainframe software applications common to the field and to the general business environment of the South Coast AQMD; read, understand, and follow verbal and written directions; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; and establish and maintain effective relationships with all those contacted in the course of work.
Additional Salary Information: Excellent Benefits
About South Coast Air Quality Management District
South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD) is one of the largest and most technologically sophisticated environmental regulatory agencies in the nation. We serve a four-county region that includes all of Orange County and the urban portions of Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties, home to more than 17 million people. South Coast AQMD's headquarters is located in Diamond Bar, 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, at the junction of the 57 and 60 freeways. With a highly diverse "Clean Air Team" of over 750 employees, an annual budget of $170.9 million, and a state-of-the art air quality laboratory, our mission is to ensure clean air and a healthful environment.
BACK TO TOP
AUSA Career Center is Just One of the Benefits.
Discover what else AUSA has to offer!
The job you are trying to reach from was originally posted at AUSA Career Center.