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Salary: $4,608.00 - $8,379.00
Posted: 06/06/2013

Job Description:


The Meteorology Section of the Planning and Technical Support Division is comprised of meteorologists, engineers, and scientists who use a variety of computer models, databases, computer systems, and application/development software. This section provides meteorological and dispersion modeling technical support for statewide regulatory and policy programs and requires close interaction and teamwork with a broad range of internal and external scientists, engineers, and policymakers.

Within this section, there is an open position for an Air Resources Engineer who will be assigned a variety of the following types of responsibilities in the Air Resources Board’s (ARB) dispersion modeling program: 1) conducting dispersion modeling in support of the Board’s criteria pollutant and toxics programs; 2) coordinating with internal and external stakeholders on dispersion modeling techniques, studies, and guidance; 3) investigating the feasibility and reasonableness of using diagnostic and prognostic meteorological models to generate meteorological inputs for dispersion models; 4) developing automated approaches/tools for QA/QC of various meteorological data; 5) developing and implementing technical approaches to evaluate dispersion modeling performance; 6) taking a lead role in dispersion modeling to support ARB’s emergency response program; and 7) preparing clear and concise technical reports and presentations that convey the results of air dispersion modeling to upper management, the general public, and scientific experts.


Due to the needs of the section that are associated with this specific position, the highly desired qualifications are: 1) a strong science (meteorology/atmospheric science) or engineering background; 2) a demonstrated ability to work with large databases and learn complex systems similar to air quality and meteorological models; and 3) strong interpersonal, writing, and oral communication skills.

Ideally, successful candidates will possess: experience (academic or hands-on) in meteorological and air quality data analyses and dispersion modeling techniques; or experience (academic or hands-on) with data processing tools and techniques that can be used to quality assure various datasets and model inputs and outputs. The most competitive candidates will have: experience with UNIX or Linux; FORTRAN, or other programming and scripting languages (SQL, Python or R); knowledge of atmospheric processes and statistics; previous experience with air quality and meteorological modeling and database development; and a demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team environment.


Qualified Air Pollution Specialist 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 Mary Heckman at the address below. Please reference position number 673-744-3735-XXX on your application.

Additional Information:

Working Title Position Number
Air Resources Engineer 673 - 744 - 3735 - xxx
Will also consider hiring a(n)
AIR POLLUTION SPECIALIST $4,204.00 - $7,899.00
Location County
Timebase Tenure
Full Time Permanent   month(s)
Final Filing Date: Department Link:
Until Filled
Contact Unit/Address Contact Name/Phone
Planning and Technical Support Division
1001 I Street - 7th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Mary Heckman

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