The California Air Resources Board is hiring!  We are looking for a dynamic individual to lead the agency’s Sustainable Communities research program.  Please note that applicants must be on the list of qualified Air Pollution Specialist candidates, more details on how to get on the list are here:

Salary: $4,204.00 – $8,136.00
Posted: 01/26/2015

Job Description: and pasted below.


The Climate Action and Research Planning Section has an immediate opening for a motivated staff person to lead the agency’s Sustainable Communities research program. The Section is an agency-wide resource for developing the Board’s research plan, develops tools and guidance for local governments, small businesses, and others to help California meet its climate goals, and performs and guides novel research on sustainable communities and green buildings in support of Senate Bill (SB) 375.

The selected candidate will be responsible for developing and coordinating cutting-edge scientific and technical research to support the Board’s decision-making related to land use and transportation. The candidate should be familiar with relevant state policies (e.g., SB 375), local and regional land use planning, and cognizant of the complexities of land use, particularly smart growth, including its relationship to the environment, its reliance on human behavior, and impacts on air quality. The incumbent will be responsible for assessing, developing, and improving tools, resources and other strategies to support the Air Resources Board’s policies to reduce emissions from land use and transportation, and must be committed to working closely with other ARB staff, metropolitan planning organizations, local governments, and other stakeholders to ensure that the tools and research are targeted and effective. The incumbent will contribute significantly to the development of innovative climate change tools and strategies for use by consumers, businesses, and the public and will be responsible for evaluating the efficacy of existing strategies and developing methods to measure and track associated greenhouse gas emissions reductions. This position requires coordination with academia, government, and other environmental organizations to keep ARB apprised of the current state of research in these areas, and the candidate should be comfortable making presentations and communicating the section’s objectives to nontechnical persons.


The selected individual is expected to contribute significantly to the climate change responsibilities of the Section. The most competitive candidates will have a strong educational background in land use and transportation planning, sustainable communities, public policy, environmental science, climate change, and air quality. Desirable qualifications include: strong written and verbal communication skills, the ability to work as part of a team and independently, strong organizational skills, aptitude to develop and present written and verbal reports to stakeholders, and the ability to work effectively with industry, government agencies, and the public. The selected candidate must be a team player with a positive attitude, dedication, and a desire to make original and sustained contributions to ARB.


Qualified Air Resources Engineer candidates will be considered. All applications 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, under Job Title for which you are applying, please include the Working Title and Position Number listed, and you must clearly indicate the basis of your eligibility: list appointment, transfer, SROA, surplus, re-employment, or reinstatement.

To apply, please submit an original State Application (STD. 678), copies of your degree(s) and any other relevant documents (e.g. unofficial transcript, resume, etc.) to the attention of Marianne Ceballos at the address below. Please reference position number 673-363-3887-008 on your application.