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Salary: $4,608.00 - $8,379.00
Posted: 05/24/2013

Job Description:


The Atmospheric Modeling and Support Section of the Planning and Technical Support Division has an open position for an Air Resources Engineer or Air Pollution Specialist who will be assigned a variety of the following types of responsibilities in the Air Resources Board's air quality modeling program, depending on the successful candidate's unique mix of qualifications and experience: 1) producing, generally assessing, and improving the emission inputs and supporting data used for air quality modeling; 2) assessing, testing, and improving emission models or emission model components; 3) conducting GIS-based analyses using emissions, meteorological, and air quality data; 4) project coordination, reviewing contract deliverables, and managing contracts as well as summarizing and presenting project results or technical findings to all levels of management; and 5) conducting air quality modeling studies, where needed.

The section provides modeling-related 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. The section is comprised of engineers and scientists who use state-of-science computer models, computer systems, and computer software (including programming with application/development software). The duties of the section broadly fall into the following areas: 1) the development and application of modeling systems, procedures, and guidelines to evaluate emission control plans; 2) the evaluation of advanced meteorological, emissions, and air quality models to assess the accuracy of model estimates; and 3) the design and management of modeling-related air quality field studies.


Due to the needs of the section that are associated with this specific position, thethe most qualified candidates will possess: 1) a strong science or engineering background; 2) very good communication skills (both verbal and written); and 3) recent, hands-on programming skills as well as a demonstrated ability to work with large datasets and learn complex systems similar to air quality or emissions models. Additionally, all candidates must be enthusiastic team players with strong interpersonal skills.

Although it is not required, it is highly desirable that candidates will also possess some combination of the following knowledge, skills, or abilities: knowledge of atmospheric processes; knowledge of the emission- and meteorological input needs of photochemical and/or aerosol models; hands-on experience producing inputs for air quality- or emissions models ( e.g. prior professional or academic experience); experience with data analysis tools that can be used to quality assure very large datasets similar to air quality model inputs and outputs; experience with UNIX or Linux, including shell scripting; previous experience with FORTRAN programming; OR previous experience writing command line executable scripts with GIS software, Perl, Python, SQL database languages, or R.

Some or all of the required qualifications listed above may be tested via a written exercise prior to oral interviews. Air Pollution Specialists and qualified candidates in related classifications are encouraged to apply. Please reference position #673-745-3735-007 on the application and include a copy of your degrees and/or transcripts.


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) referencing position #673-745-3735-007 and any other relevant documents (e.g. unofficial transcript, copy of degrees, resume, etc.) to the attention of Mary Heckman at the address below.

Additional Information:
Working Title Position Number
Air Resources Engineer 673 - 745 - 3735 - 007
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
PTSD/Atmospheric Modeling and Support Section
1001 I Street, 7th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Mary Heckman
(916) 322-6021