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Air Pollution Specialist

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The Organic Analysis Section is looking for an individual with strong work ethics, strong background in analytical chemistry, and good communication skills.  The section quantifies motor vehicle exhaust emissions, in particular those components that contribute to toxicity, reactivity, and global warming.  The analyzes are performed in support of various CARB programs including low-emissions vehicle, alternative fuels, air quality modeling, climate change mitigation, off-road engines, and vehicle emissions research programs.  In addition to carrying out analyzes, the section develops new test methods, consults with stakeholders, and disseminates results at appropriate forums.


The successful candidate will carry out analyzes of motor vehicle exhaust using high performance liquid chromatography, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy, gas chromatography with flame ionization detector, pre-concentrated direct flame ionization method, gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, or chemiluminescence.  Other duties include completing data and quality control reports, performing routine maintenance on the instruments, procuring supplies, managing service contracts, and developing new analytical methods or improvements to existing methods.  An incumbent may also prepare and edit technical reports and scientific papers for publication, oversee the inventory and disposal of chemical reagents, or contribute to an existing effort to maintain a laboratory information management system.  This position may require chemical analyzes of fuels in a mobile laboratory located throughout the state.


Applicants must be willing to travel and work in the field for one week at a time, several times per year.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.


Working Conditions


This position may be eligible for hybrid in-office work and in-state telework. The amount of telework is at the discretion of the agency and is based on the California Air resource Boards' (CARB) current telework policy. While the CARB may support telework, some in-person attendance is also required. 

The positions at the CARB may be eligible for telework with in-person attendance based on the operational needs of the position under Government Code 14200 for eligible applicants residing in California, subject to the candidate meeting telework eligibility criteria set forth in the CalEPA telework policy and/or future program need. Employees not residing in California are not eligible for telework. Regardless of hybrid telework eligibility, all employees may be required to report to the position’s designated headquarters location at their own expense, as indicated on their duty statement.

  • Requires being in a stationary position, consistent with office work, for extended periods.

Standard office environment (artificial lighting, controlled temperature, etc.)

Daily use of a personal computer, office equipment, and/or telephone.

Must be able to move/transport up to 35 pounds, with or without reasonable accommodation.