The South Coast Air Quality Management District is recruiting for Assistant Air Quality Specialists and/or Air Quality Specialists to fill multiple vacancies in various units within our Planning, Rule Development, and Area Sources division, as listed below. From this recruitment process, we expect to establish an eligible list from which current and future vacancies requiring a similar background may be filled, during the 6-12 month life of the list.
Responsible for developing proposals for new and amended rules that regulate criteria pollutant and toxic air contaminant emissions, and administrative rules.
AB2588 Toxics Hot Spots
Responsible for the preparation and review of air toxics inventory reports, health risk assessments including air dispersion modeling, and risk reduction plans for industrial facilities.
Annual Emissions Reporting
Responsible for developing emission inventories for both point and area sources through the AER Program for both criteria and toxic pollutants and conducting audits of annual emission reports submitted by industries through the AER program.
The primary responsibilities for these positions will vary by unit, and may include (but are not limited to):
CLASSIFICATION STANDARDS: These 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 South Coast AQMD. 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.
ASSISTANT AIR QUALITY SPECIALIST is the entry-level class in the professional air pollution control series. Incumbents perform assignments within established guidelines to develop sufficient knowledge and further experience for advancement to the Air Quality Specialist level. Initiative and judgment are required to perform air quality evaluations, analyses, planning and rule development activities, and other assignments.
AIR QUALITY SPECIALIST is the experienced, journey-level class in the professional air pollution control series. Incumbents perform the more responsible, varied, and complex work. Air Quality Specialist is distinguished from the next higher class of Program Supervisor in that the incumbents of the latter class either supervise a unit of professional and technical employees or are responsible for the development and oversight of specific programs involving more independent and complex professional work.
In addition to the Minimum Qualifications which follow, the most competitively qualified candidates will possess:
EDUCATION: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in engineering, environmental science, planning, or the physical, social, or biological sciences, depending upon the functions of the assigned unit.
ASSISTANT AIR QUALITY SPECIALIST: No experience is required.
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.
KNOWLEDGE OF: One or more professional disciplines, such as chemistry, toxics, statistics, economics, environmental planning, or engineering, with emphasis on its relationship to planning, rule development, or engineering activities; principles, methods, and procedures of environmental review, planning, rule development, or air quality monitoring, including related instrumentation; air quality regulations and review process; air quality modeling; emissions calculations; PC software applications commonly used in the field; research methods and techniques, including statistical and computer applications for data analysis; professional report writing; and State, federal, and local programs, guidelines, and code regulations related to air quality management.
SKILL OR ABILITY TO: Compile, analyze, and interpret technical air quality data; learn and apply District air quality regulations to stationary and mobile source monitoring; monitor and evaluate the performance of consultants; oversee stationary and mobile source monitoring projects under minimum supervision; maintain accurate records of air quality planning, research, monitoring, or rule development projects and prepare clear and persuasive reports and recommendations; represent South Coast AQMD interests at public, professional, and internal meetings and communicate with a variety of technical and professional air quality and legal staff; maintain current knowledge of applicable federal, State, and local regulations and technical or scientific developments; provide expert testimony, advice, and counsel in a specialized field; apply appropriate computer-based analytical techniques to complex air pollution control problems; develop new techniques and approaches to the solution of complex air pollution control problems; proficiently use PC and mainframe software applications common to the field and to the general business environment of the South Coast AQMD; read, understand, and follow verbal and written directions; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; and establish and maintain effective relationships with all those contacted in the course of work.