Senior Air Quality Specialist

County Of Mendocino   Ukiah, CA   Full-time     Quality Control
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Posted on July 10, 2021


The current vacancy is in the Air Quality Management District, Ukiah.  The list developed from this recruitment will be used for a limited period to fill open and promotional, regular full-time, and part-time positions, should they occur. 

Under general direction performs specialized technical work in connection with broad and complex air quality regulation, permitting and enforcement; ensures that the District remains in compliance with its requirements under federal and state laws and regulations; assesses compliance with District rules; interacts with high-level policy makers to influence Air Quality laws and regulations, and supervises staff.  Incumbents in this classification perform a wide range of specialized, complex, and highly technical duties.  Work is performed under limited supervision within a framework of broad policies and procedures.


Job Requirements and Minimum Qualifications

All responsibilities may not be performed by all incumbents.

  • Carries out supervisory responsibility in accordance with policies, procedures and applicable laws including: training, planning, assigning and directing work, appraising performance including conducting annual evaluations and determining eligibility for merit increases, rewarding and disciplining employees, addressing complaints and resolving problems; control work production and activities, to include procedures, allocation of resources and ensuring deadlines are met.
  • Assists management in the evaluation of programs to assess strengths, weaknesses, and areas needing improvement; monitors inspection and enforcement procedures and practices to assure effectiveness and conformity with established legal requirements, job standards, and safety measures. Identifies and resolves operational, public relations and personnel issues.
  • Responds to citizen complaints of poor air quality; investigates evidence for case development of illegal fires; interviews witnesses; gathers photographic and physical evidence from the field; logs evidence and releases to sample custodian; consults with other agencies regarding multimedia violations; coordinates investigation with other agencies; writes field report of investigation; develops information to determine the responsible individual(s) and the illegal activity.
  • Prepares cases for the APCO and represents the District's case; conducts criminal investigations and prepares cases for referral to the DA; testifies for the District in court.
  • May act on behalf of the District in the absence of the APCO when assigned.
  • Gathers and formulates information to prepare and support District policies, the APCO, and other County officials; interacts with regional, state and federal personnel to determine technical and policy issues pertinent to District operations; recommends policies and actions.
  • Manages the District's Toxic Hot Spots program.
  • Monitors the District’s minor source permitting program in collaboration with the APCO: reviews, evaluates and, if appropriate, recommends improvements to special permit conditions currently in use for various types of facilities. 
  • Manages the District's Federal Title V Permit Program (when needed); reviews, evaluates permit applications; determines applicability of federal regulations to particular sources; negotiates with client representatives on probable permit conditions; writes Title V permits.
  • Manages the District's emissions inventory program; evaluates inventory with respect to methods of generation; determines realistic methods for developing new procedures for gathering inventory data; updates District inventory for sources that are the responsibility of the District; gathers and inputs data to correct state data.
  • Designs and manages special studies to gather information necessary for District long range planning; oversees the work of staff in conducting the studies; prepares and presents recommendations, writes reports, and presents results; incorporates study results into District Operations.
  • Reviews and evaluates documentation presented by facilities, including permit applications, source test plans, Toxic Hot Spots program plans, risk assessments, engineering studies, etc.; prepares notices of deficiency, and negotiates with facilities to insure compliance with District, state, and federal regulations, and protection of the public.
  • Reviews subcontracted project reports for accuracy and meaning; abstract reports, interpret data, and draw conclusions from results; prepares and presents recommended actions and policies arising from results of studies.
  • Evaluates new and existing federal regulations to determine applicability within District; evaluates District sources to determine which sources may fall under federal regulations; meets with facility representatives to negotiate procedural matters raised by the regulations.
  • Drafts District regulations to meet state and federal requirements; prepares and conducts workshops; prepares and presents materials and makes oral presentations.
  • Researches District issues and problems and makes recommendations for District action.
  • May fill in or provide back up for other District positions during absences. 
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Engineering (strongly preferred), or Chemistry, Physics, Meteorology, Environmental Science; and two (2) years of experience that is the equivalent of Air Quality Specialist II; or three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in the air quality  regulatory arena, that includes significant air permitting experience, inspections, enforcement, policy and planning.
Substitution: A Master’s degree in a field stated above may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience.

Licenses and Certifications:

Valid State Driver's License
ARB Fundamentals of Enforcement Training
ARB Basic Inspector Academy
Visible Emissions Evaluation (VEE) certification within 6 months of hire


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Applicable state, federal and local ordinances, laws, rules and regulations governing the enforcement of air quality standards.
  • Principles, practices, methods and techniques of air quality control, inspection and enforcement. 
  • Principles of chemistry, physics and engineering, and meteorology related to air quality management; electronics and laboratory and testing procedures and equipment. 
  • Public and private agencies involved in environmental quality control. 
  • Supervisory principles and practices, including work planning, direction, review, evaluation, employee training, and discipline.
  • Principles and practices of leadership, motivation, team building and conflict resolution.
  • Principles and techniques for working with groups and fostering effective team interaction to ensure teamwork is conducted smoothly. 
  • Research and data analysis techniques. 
  • Record keeping, report preparation, filing methods and records management techniques.
  • All computer applications and hardware related to performance of the essential functions of the job. Chemistry of air pollution; including commercial, industrial and agricultural sources of air pollution.
  • Standard investigation and evidence procedures.
  • Principles and practices of basic statistics.
  • Basic environmental chemistry, analytical chemistry, physics and toxicology.
  • Correct English usage, including spelling, grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary.
  • Basics of environmental sampling and analysis.
  • Fundamentals of business economics.
  • Principles of government operations.
  • Principles and practices of environmental science.


Skill in:

  • Planning, assigning, supervising, reviewing and evaluating the work of staff.
  • Applying principles of management, leadership, motivation, team building and conflict resolution.
  • Applying advanced interpersonal skills to provide effective leadership to subordinate personnel and to develop cooperative working relationships with employees, senior management, elected officials, and outside agencies.
  • Exercising initiative, ingenuity and sound independent judgment when making decisions within general policy guidelines. 
  • Demonstrating tact, patience, and possess an understanding of the problems of citizens and staff. Responding to stressful and sensitive situations in a calm, professional and confidential manner.
  • Using and maintaining air pollution control test and laboratory equipment. 
  • Researching, compiling, and summarizing a variety of informational and statistical data and materials.
  • Organizing work, setting priorities, meeting critical deadlines, and following up on assignments with a minimum of direction.
  • Applying logical thinking to solve problems or accomplish tasks; to understand, interpret and communicate complicated policies, procedures and protocols.


Ability to: 

  • Interpret and apply air pollution laws, rules and regulations.
  • Analyze complex situations and adopt effective courses of action.
  • Speak effectively before public groups and respond to questions.
  • Read, analyze and interpret professional periodicals and journals, technical procedures and government regulations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, other departments and agencies, boards and commissions, public officials, community groups and others contacted in the course of work.
  • Provide effective leadership in the development of new or improved procedures, rules, regulations and policies. 
  • Work under pressure, establish priorities and meet deadlines. 
  • Deal tactfully, convincingly and effectively with departmental personnel, government officials, representatives of special interest groups and the public. 
  • Write reports, correspondence, and procedure manuals.
  • Define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
  • Interpret a variety of technical instructions with abstract and/or concrete variables.
  • Offer objective recommendations under severe pressure of competing special interests.
  • While performing the essential functions of this job the employee is frequently required to sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, and speak and hear and lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.


Selection Procedure

 Important Application Information:

  • It is your responsibility to demonstrate through your application materials how you meet the minimum qualifications of the position/s for which you apply.
  • You must complete all sections of the application.  A résumé or other information you feel will help us evaluate your qualifications may be attached to your completed application, but will not be accepted in lieu of completing any part of the application.  Blank applications that contain only a résumé or those that reference "see résumé" will be rejected as incomplete.
  • Check your application before submitting to ensure it is complete and correct; no new or additional information will be accepted after the closing date.
  • Inquiry will be made of your former and current employers; please provide the names and telephone numbers of supervisors on your application.
  • You must provide the names and contact information of at least three (3) references (not relatives) that have knowledge of your job skills, experience, ability and/or character.
  • Application materials are the property of Mendocino County and will not be returned.
  • It is your responsibility to keep your NEOGOV profile updated, including any changes to your telephone number or address.  Failure to do so may result in missed notification of exams or interviews.
  • The exam process listed on this flyer is tentative.  Mendocino County reserves the right to make necessary modifications to the examination plan.  Such revisions will be in accordance with approved personnel standards.  Should a change be made, applicants will be notified.
  • The provisions of this job bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.