This is a Limited Term Intermittent position and may work at a maximum of 1500 hours per calendar year.
The On-Road Light Duty Analysis Section of the Mobile Source Analysis Branch collects and analyzes data in support of mobile source emissions inventory development. Our staff is a highly specialized, motivated group of experts in the field of mobile source emissions modeling; most of the section staff has backgrounds in engineering or environmental science. We are looking for dynamic individuals with a strong work ethic, a commitment to the goals of our team, and an ability to creatively analyze data to reach scientifically defensible conclusions, and communicate the results effectively. One major assignment of this section is developing vehicle population estimates using Department of Motor Vehicle Registration Program data. This includes collecting and analyzing vehicle population data, and ensuring the confidentiality of DMV data while providing necessary information to stakeholders within the agency. Another major assignment is to administer and analyze data from the Air Resources Board Vehicle Surveillance Program. The Section is responsible for developing test plans for the Vehicle Surveillance Program and related special studies, and analyzing data to provide information to support light-duty vehicle emission factor development.
Under close supervision of the Section Manager, the student will assist in developing and updating mobile source emissions inventory models and emissions assessments for planning and regulatory development. The position requires close interaction and teamwork with Section and Branch staff. Specific tasks may include assisting staff with development of emissions inventory methods and programming to implement those methods; developing documentation and reports; gathering, tabulating, and analyzing a variety of vehicle activity and emissions data; and reviewing academic studies. In addition to technical data analysis and test plan support, the student may be asked to assist in the projects of other branch staff as needed. Applicants should have an ability to communicate effectively on a technical level, and provide summary reports.
The successful candidate for this position will be enthusiastic and demonstrate initiative, have excellent written and oral communication skills, have the ability to understand technical and policy issues, have strong analytical and problem-solving skills, and have the ability to work effectively with other Section and Branch staff. Experience in emissions modeling or developing mobile source emissions inventories is preferred, but not necessary. The candidate must be able to work independently or in a team setting, have excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to work under tight timelines. Applicants with strong analytical skills, including database (MS Access, SQL) and programming (visual basic, C++), are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will have a working knowledge in some or all of the following areas: emissions chemistry, emissions speciation, emissions control, engine technologies, emissions testing, and statistics. Enrollment in a college curriculum leading to a bachelor’s or advanced degree in Engineering is highly desirable.
WHO MAY APPLY:
Qualified Air Resources Technician I and II 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) to the attention of Jeff Long at the address below. Please refer to position number 673-781-4871-901 on your application and include an unofficial transcript and copy of any degrees.
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