The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is seeking qualified candidates to fill multiple Assistant Air Quality Specialist/Air Quality Specialist positions, in various units (see list below) within our Planning, Rule Development, and Area Sources (PRDAS) division, a major branch of SCAQMD. Although most of the Air Quality Specialists at our agency have similar responsibilities, there are specific duties, skills, and educational requirements for each particular position, depending on the focus of the unit.
Each position will have a separate recruitment, with a unique job flyer. The recruitment for the position in our Socioeconomic Analysis unit is currently open (with an 11/14/17 deadline), and we expect the remaining recruitments to open within the next month. Please continue to monitor our Careers webpage at http://www.aqmd.gov/careers, for application details and deadlines, as each recruitment is posted.
Recruitments are/will be open for positions in the following units:
Assistant Air Quality Specialists/Air Quality Specialists are alternatively staffed classes, as the duties performed are similar and vary primarily in the degree of complexity of assignments, the depth of knowledge required, and the independence of action with which duties are performed. Positions are allocated at the Air Quality Specialist level. New staff may be hired at either level, depending on their qualifications and the needs of SCAQMD. Individuals hired at the level of Assistant Air Quality Specialist are eligible for consideration for promotion to the next level upon successful performance of assigned duties for the required minimum period of time.
In addition to the focused duties related to the specific unit (which will be noted in the individual job flyer for each recruitment), Air Quality Specialists perform the following general duties: Works with engineers, planners, other environmental professionals, Information Management staff, and other personnel to develop and implement methods and techniques for the analysis and evaluation of air quality studies and plans. Applies mathematical, statistical, and engineering modeling and analytical techniques to the analysis of research and survey data; prepares graphs, charts, and statistical summaries from derived data; determines appropriate data collection methods for use in research projects; and may assist in determining methods for more complex studies. Develops or assists in developing recommendations concerning air quality management programs, plans, and rules and prepares related reports and correspondence. Assists in preparing technical analyses and recommended positions on proposed and pending legislation relating to air quality management. Reviews and analyzes a wide variety of environmental documents; conducts air quality impact analyses and assessments; and writes or coordinates the writing of Environmental Impact Reports. Evaluates economic impacts of air quality regulations and develops economic incentives to achieve designated air quality standards. May assist in preparing and making presentations on proposed rules, rule amendments and other air quality-related projects and studies.
MINIMUM EXPERIENCE: No experience is required for Assistant Air Quality Specialist. For the Air Quality Specialist, two years of technical air quality or professional analytical experience that would demonstrate the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position to which assigned.
BOTH LEVELS REQUIRE THE MINIMUM EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, environmental science, planning, or the physical, social, or biological sciences, depending upon the functions of the assigned unit.
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: Please see the job flyer for each individual recruitment, to check for DESIRABLE qualifications for each specific position.