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FOOD AND AGRICULTURE - CONTINUING APPROPRIATION

Title:  SENIOR ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST(SPECIALIST)
Salary: $5,445.00 - $6,772.00
Posted: 07/02/2014

Job Description:

THE POSITION:

Candidates may perform these essential functions with or without reasonable accommodations. An equal opportunity employer - equal opportunity to all regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, or sexual orientation.

APPOINTMENT IS SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THE SROA PROCESS-- SROA/SURPLUS/REEMPLOYMENT CANDIDATES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

SURPLUS EMPLOYEES SHOULD ATTACH A COPY OF SURPLUS STATUS LETTER TO THEIR APPLICATION TO BE RECOGNIZED AS A SURPLUS EMPLOYEE.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Cap and Trade Program within the Division of Measurement Standards (Division) implements an Alternative and Renewable Fuels Program (Program). This Program is funded from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund created under Assembly Bill 32 (Ch.608, Stats. 2013). The purpose of the Program is to develop the fuel quality specifications, field sample protocols, laboratory test methods and examination procedure outlines for low carbon and renewable agricultural biofuels and zero emission fuels. The Program will engage in research activities to optimize biofuels quality specification and will conduct the rulemaking to implement the necessary regulations.

DUTIES:

Under the direction of an Environmental Program Manager I (EPM I), the Senior Environmental Scientist identifies problems, develops courses of action, conducts critical and sensitive scientific investigations and studies, prepares guidance, policy, planning or regulatory documents, and may be assigned lead responsibility.

Program Activities

  • Serve as Department technical expert on issues related to biofuels generated from agricultural waste.
  • Advise representatives of industry, other governmental agencies, and the general public regarding technical standards and procedures relating to biofuels that reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions and regarding motor vehicle fuels quality specifications needed to reduce the States carbon emissions.
  • Evaluate the contributions of the Environmental Scientists and Measurement Standards Specialists to the quarterly progress reports, edit and submit reports to EPM I for submission to the Director.
  • Oversee the staff that provide accurate and reliable analytical support and training on the laws and regulations regarding biofuels to the Division’s investigators, county sealers and their staff, support CARBs mission to reduce air pollution related to fuels in the environment, developing pollution prevention strategies and accessing regulatory requirements.

Technical Research and Development

  • Research and identify: a) potential transportation biofuels produced from agricultural waste and zero-emission fuels, b) existing fuel standards and specifications for applicability and suitability to potential biofuels and zero emission, c) existing analytical methods using established scientific techniques and methods to meet State and county needs, determine the accuracy and validity of the methods on new matrices, and respond to emerging environmental issues and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Modify existing and develop new fuel standards and specifications for each identified biofuel and new analytical methods using established scientific techniques and methods. Perform validation of analytical methods according to laboratory procedures and protocols.
  • Provide data to support environmental regulatory and compliance documents following laboratory guidelines and procedures, establish scientific techniques and methods to comply with State and federal laws and regulations.

Public Outreach

  • Participate in the ASTM International and SAE International consensus group meetings by supporting and assisting the continuing development of quality standards and test procedures for biofuels generated from agricultural waste that are adopted into California law and regulations.
  • Promote the increased use of alternative fuels derived from agricultural waste in conjunction with ARB and the California Energy Commission.
  • Advance the State’s air quality goals of reducing NOx, ozone, and particulate emission.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Incumbents must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all persons contacted during the course of their work, work well under pressure, make appropriate decisions, and work independently to meet required deadlines.
  • Excellent communication, organizational, analytical, and writing skills.
  • Team oriented, dependable, and reliable.
  • Strong planning and time management skills to coordinate and perform multiple tasks.

WHO SHOULD APPLY:

Those who are eligible on a certification list for the above class or eligible to laterally transfer may apply for this position. Training and Development assignments and/or alternative classifications may be considered.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified will be interviewed.

TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION:

Write the job title, POSITION NUMBER, and your basis for eligibility (i.e., transfer, surplus, re-employment, SROA, reinstatement, or list eligible) in the job title section of the California State application (STD. 678), which can be obtained from the CalHR website at http://jobs.ca.gov/Profile/StateApplication. Submission of a resume is desirable, however it is not acceptable in place of a fully completed application.




Additional Information:

Working Title Position Number
None Specified 018 - 059 - 0765 - XXX
Location County
169 East Liberty Avenue, Anaheim, CA ORANGE
Timebase Tenure
Full Time Limited Term  24 month(s)
Final Filing Date: Department Link:
Until Filled None Specified
Contact Unit/Address Contact Name/Phone
Division of Measurement Standards
6790 Florin Perkins Rd,Ste 100
Sacramento, CA 95828
ATTN: Amber Schaffner
(916) 229-3000


Special Requirements:

None.

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