Assistant Air Quality Engineer/Air Quality Engineer I/Air Quality Engineer II

SALARY: $3,767.43 – $4,794.74 Biweekly
$97,953.24 – $124,663.20 Annually
OPENING DATE: 04/30/19

CLOSING DATE: 05/22/19 05:01 PM



South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD) is one of the largest and most technologically sophisticated environmental regulatory agencies in the Nation. We serve a four-county region that includes all of Orange County, and parts of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, home to more than 17 million people. South Coast AQMD’s headquarters is located in Diamond Bar, 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, at the junction of the 57 and 60 freeways. With a highly diverse “Clean Air Team” of over 750 employees, an annual budget of $162.6 million, and a state-of-the-art air quality laboratory, our mission is to ensure clean air and a healthy environment. SCAQMD is an organization you can be proud to work for — we make a difference in the quality of life in Southern California!


There are currently two positions approved to be filled in the Technology Demonstration unit of Science and Technology Advancement.   This recruitment is expected to result in an eligible list from which the current and future Program Supervisor vacancies, with similar program requirements, may be filled, during the 6-month life of the list.

The specialized duties of these positions include:

  • Research, development, demonstration and deployment of low-emitting on- and off-road technologies and associated infrastructure through SCAQMD’s Clean Fuels Fund and other similar programs
  • Working closely with staff at the California Air Resources Board, California Energy Commission, Department of Energy, U.S. EPA, as well as academia and private entities, including OEMs and technology providers
  • Serving as a subject-matter expert in various low-emitting on- and off-road technologies and associated infrastructure, including related regulatory requirements
  • Representing the agency in meetings and making presentations
  • Working in close collaboration with other members of the technology demonstration team
  • Managing the more complex RDD&D projects, with a primary focus on applying for and managing grant funds from DOE, CEC and CARB
  • Compiling, analyzing, and interpreting technical air quality data from mobile sources;
  • Learning and applying South Coast AQMD air quality regulations to stationary and mobile source programs
  • Monitoring and evaluating the performance of consultants
  • Overseeing stationary and mobile source monitoring projects under minimum supervision; Maintaining accurate records of air quality planning, research, monitoring, or rule development projects
  • Preparing clear and persuasive reports and recommendations;
  • Representing South Coast AQMD interests at public, professional, and internal meetings
  • Communicating with a variety of technical and professional air quality and legal staff
  • Maintaining current knowledge of applicable federal, State, and local regulations and technical or scientific developments;
  • Providing expert testimony, advice, and counsel in a specialized field;
  • Applying 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 using PC and mainframe software applications common to the field and to the general business environment of South Coast AQMD
  • Reading, understanding, and following verbal and written directions;
  • Communicating clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing;
  • Establishing and maintaining effective relationships with all those contacted in the course of work.

Other Duties may Include the Following:


Supervises a professional staff unit; and plans, organizes, assigns, reviews, and evaluates the work of assigned staff, prepares performance appraisals, and provides technical and administrative supervision, support, coaching, and guidance, as necessary.

Oversees and participates in the planning, organization, and development of complex projects and programs for evaluating, maintaining, and updating the Air Quality Management Plan and for developing rules and regulations.

Prepares and supervises the preparation of evaluations, analyses, and other forms of quantitative assessment of air quality data; prepares and supervises the preparation of reports, scientific papers, and other written documents; reviews and edits materials prepared by team members; and evaluates the effectiveness of programs and projects in progress and redirects or modifies them as necessary in order to achieve South Coast AQMD goals.

Develops and modifies computer software, as required, for carrying out work on projects and programs; and conceptualizes research models by synthesizing or modifying concepts and approaches from the mathematical, statistical, and physical sciences.

Assists in the coordination of investigative projects concerned with the measurement and analysis of air quality or emission inventories and in the determination of emission reduction and source performance standards, working with engineering, source testing, and other technical personnel.

May conduct workshops and meetings or provide consultation and advice to individuals and businesses in matters related to area of expertise.

Reviews and reports on research papers and technical literature pertinent to air quality planning, emissions, control, and rule development.

Reviews legislation and provides technical assistance and expertise in preparation of briefs and testimony for legal proceedings affecting the South Coast AQMD.



In addition to the Minimum Qualifications which follow, the most competitively qualified candidates will possess:

  • An employment history of increasingly responsible positions and successful completion of related complex technical assignments, with strong project management experience, with emphasis on mobile sources.
  • Experience with advanced technology, zero- and near-zero emission on- and off-road vehicles and stationary equipment
  • Proven ability to work independently and to lead others under extremely aggressive timelines
  • Knowledge of relevant federal and State laws and South Coast AQMD environmental rules and regulations pertaining to mobile sources

EDUCATION: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in engineering or the physical, social, or biological sciences, depending on the particular functions of the assigned unit.


EXPERIENCE: Four years of technical air quality or professional analytical experience which would demonstrate the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities defined in the job announcement for the position to which assigned.

KNOWLEDGE OF: A specific discipline such as chemistry, economics, environmental planning or related field, with emphasis on its relationship to air quality planning and rule development; the principles, methods, and procedures of environmental review, planning and rule development; the provisions of the Clean Air Act; federal and State regulations regarding air quality and air pollution control; research methods and techniques; air quality modeling; emissions calculations; research methods and techniques; statistical and computer software applications common to the field and to the general business environment of South Coast AQMD; computer programming; and principles and practices of supervision.


SKILL OR ABILITY TO:  Compile and analyze technical data; direct and evaluate comprehensive planning and research studies; understand and interpret applicable laws, rules, and regulations; understand and apply appropriate computer-based analytical techniques to complex air pollution control problems; proficiently use PC software applications common to the field and to the general business environment of South Coast AQMD; read, understand, and follow verbal and written directions; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; prepare and present concise, logical reports of a technical nature; establish and maintain effective relationships with all those contacted in the course of work; plan, organize, assign, review, and evaluate the work of assigned staff; and make effective public presentations.



  • A completed employment application covering at least the past 10 years of employment history (or longer if you have other relevant experience), and yourentire SCAQMD employment history if you are an SCAQMD employee.
  • Four references which include the names and phone numbers of your present and past supervisors or managers, or persons for who you have directly provided services, not peers.
  • Responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire (SQ).  The SQ is a form of written test, and will be evaluated as such.  Your responses should be well written, clear, concise, and directly responsive to all parts of each question.  Please limit your responses to no more than one page per answer.  (If each answer can fit in a one-page Microsoft Word document, single spaced, one inch margins, using Times Roman 11 font, the length of your responses are within acceptable parameters.)
  • An unofficial copy of your transcripts, attached to your online application.  Original, official transcripts may be requested of finalists at a later date as detailed in the “Educational Requirements” link on SCAQMD’s Careers webpage.

Job applications must be completely filled out; a resume cannot be substituted for the required information. Be sure to detail any education, training, or other relevant coursework that would make you a particularly strong candidate.
Application packages and responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire will first be screened and the most competitively-qualified candidates will be invited to the next phase of the recruitment process, which is expected to be a panel interview and writing exercise.  The interviews (weighted at 100%) are expected to result in a ranked eligible list.  Only those who demonstrate at each successive step of the selection process that they are among the most competitively qualified will be advanced to the next step.

SCAQMD reserves the right to add, delete, or modify any elements of the selection process deemed appropriate, based on the number and quality of applicants at each step.

Pursuant to Section 4(g)(3)(d) of the Personnel Rules, this eligible list may be used to fill current and future Program Supervisor vacancies, in any SCAQMD department, during the 6-month life of the list.

Candidates who may need accommodations during the selection process must call the Human Resources Department at least one week prior to any test dates.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Human Resources  at (909) 396-2800.

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