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Salary: $4,204.00 - $7,899.00
Posted: 03/29/2013

Job Description:


The Monitoring and Laboratory Division’s Northern Laboratory Branch is seeking motivated and qualified applicants for employment in the Inorganic laboratory Section (ILS). ILS is a fast paced, production oriented analytical laboratory responsible for the analysis of ambient air quality samples collected throughout the State to support California's Particulate Matter and Toxic Air Contaminant Identification and Control programs. ILS staff operate and maintain a variety of state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation including Inductively Coupled Plasma - Mass Spectrometry, X-Ray Florescence Spectroscopy, Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy, Ion Chromatography, Analytical Micro-balances, and a Pyrolitic Organic/Elemental Carbon analyzer. ILS staff are responsible for overall sample management, and the reporting and review of analytical data generated by the laboratory for submittal to the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (U.S EPA) Air Quality System (AQS) database. The data approved for AQS are used for federal and State regulatory purposes such as regional attainment designations and to evaluate public health impacts. ILS also supports the ARB’s Emergency Response Team and participates in innovative special studies to investigate ambient air quality trends, develop and improve cutting-edge analytical methods, and conduct community risk assessments. ILS collaborates with other ARB Divisions, U.S. EPA, local air monitoring districts and a variety of stakeholders including industry and the public. The successful candidate will be expected to work in a dynamic, high-volume analytical laboratory using sophisticated instrumentation, equipment, and techniques to perform analyses and report analytical data that meets all data quality objectives following standard operating procedures.


The most competitive applicant will have a degree in chemistry or closely related field, a strong technical background in analytical chemistry and method development, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and possess a positive, self-motivated and enthusiastic team-approach attitude. The candidate should have an understanding of the day-to-day operations and needs of an environmental analytical laboratory including lab safety practices, sample handling, chain-of-custody, and hazardous waste. Ideally, the candidate will have experience with: 1) laboratory quality control/quality assurance practices; 2) principles and practices of scientific measurements; 3) data collection and data management; and 4) meeting deadlines. Experience with Microsoft Windows operating systems and other computer programs, including but not limited to Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Adobe Professional, and Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) is desired.


Qualified Air Resources Engineer candidates are encouraged to apply.

Applicants will be screened and only the most qualified candidates will be interviewed. This vacancy may be subject to SROA/Surplus provisions. Surplus applicants must attach a copy of their surplus letter with a completed standard State application (STD 678). On page one of your State application you must clearly indicate the basis of your eligibility: list appointment, transfer, SROA, surplus, re-employment, or reinstatement.

If interested, please submit a completed standard State application (STD 678) and any other relevant documents (e.g. unofficial transcript, copy of degrees, resume, etc.) to the attention of Michael Werst at the address below.

Additional Information:

Working Title Position Number
Air Pollution Specialist 673 - 563 - 3887 - xxx
Will also consider hiring a(n)
AIR RESOURCES ENGINEER $4,608.00 - $8,379.00
Location County
Timebase Tenure
Full Time Permanent   month(s)
Final Filing Date: Department Link:
Until Filled
Contact Unit/Address Contact Name/Phone
Monitoring and Laboratory Division
P.O. Box 2815
Sacramento, CA 95812
Michael Werst
(916) 322-6202

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