South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is one of the largest and most technologically sophisticated environmental air pollution 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. SCAQMD'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 800 employees and a FY 2017-18 budget of $149.9 million, SCAQMD's mission is to protect public health from air pollution through a comprehensive program of planning, regulation, education, enforcement, compliance incentives, technical innovation, and the promotion of public understanding of air quality issues.
ABOUT THIS POSITION:
This position is characterized by the responsibility to supervise, review, analyze, and make improvements to meteorological activities that relate to air quality control, air quality forecasting systems, and data analysis for State and federal reports, including identification of data to exclude due to exceptional air quality events. This class is further characterized by the responsibility to conduct the most difficult and complex meteorological analyses.
The Senior Meteorologist will be responsible for the technical aspects of the work in the Air Quality Assessment group (which includes Meteorology, Air Quality Analysis, and Point Source Modeling). The incumbent will provide high level meteorology expertise, provide technical guidance on air quality analysis and point source modeling functions, as well as rule development and planning activities assigned to the Unit, special projects such as those requiring air quality data analysis and report writing, and other Planning activities. The incumbent may also manage complex high-profile projects that involve coordinating with other Divisions, other agencies, and members of the public.
Other duties may include, but not be limited to the following Examples of Duties:
EXAMPLE OF DUTIES:
Plans, organizes, supervises, and participates in the preparation of forecasts of air quality and weather trends for Southern California and reviews forecasts for accuracy, providing guidance on difficult forecasting problems.
Plans, organizes, supervises, and participates in the preparation of air quality statistics and data analysis for State and federal reports.
Develops air quality forecasting methods and reviews the accuracy of forecasting systems and makes improvements as necessary.
Develops, modifies, and employs a variety of methods and electronic instrumentation techniques to measure and analyze surface and upper-air meteorological information; and surveys literature and other resources to keep abreast of new methods or technologies that might be used or adapted for specialized needs.
Evaluates, develops, and documents procedures for the collection, storage, and reporting of meteorological data, including quality assurance, and makes recommendations on improvements in these procedures.
Participates as a member of project teams, as needed, to provide expertise on air quality meteorological matters; and acts as project officer for contracts for air quality studies and collection and processing of meteorological data and air quality statistics.
Conducts special studies and projects, including rule development, as assigned.
MINIMUM & DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:
In addition to the Minimum Qualifications, which follow, the most competitive candidates will possess the following:
- Experience with data management systems used to collect, archive, and process meteorological data
- Ability to make presentations and effectively communicate SCAQMD comments and potential air quality impacts at meetings, workshops, and public hearings
- Exceptional oral presentation and written communication skills
- Demonstrated ability to successfully manage multiple projects and shifting/competing priorities, while meeting deadlines
- Experience working with agencies including, but not limited to other air districts, U.S. EPA, CARB, county, and/or local government agencies.
EDUCATION: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in meteorology, atmospheric science, or other directly related field.
EXPERIENCE: Two years of experience as a Meteorologist or three years of journey-level professional analytical experience that would demonstrate the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position.
SUBSTITUTION: A master's degree from an accredited college or university in meteorology, atmospheric science, or other directly related field may substitute for up to six months of the required experience.
KNOWLEDGE OF: Theories and principles of meteorology and of air quality forecasting methods and models; principles and methods of statistical analysis as applied to meteorological and air quality data analysis and the analysis of air quality problems; PC software applications commonly used in the field of meteorology and in the general business environment of the District; relevant professional research literature and resources; professional report writing; and the principles and practices of supervision.
SKILL OR ABILITY TO: Use and develop air quality forecasting methods and models for the analysis of air quality problems; develop, modify, and employ a variety of analytical methods and electronic instrumentation techniques in analyzing meteorological information; maintain accurate and complete records and data and prepare reports detailing methods and results; survey literature and other resources for up-to-date information that might be used or adapted for specialized needs; proficiently use PC software applications common to the field and to the general business environment of the District; read, understand, and follow verbal and written directions; supervise professional employees involved in complex meteorological and air quality statistical analysis work; accomplish organizational objectives by directing the work of others; develop or direct the development of innovative solutions to complex technical problems arising from meteorological and air quality data analysis activities; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, including communicating complex scientific information to non-technical staff and the public; and establish and maintain effective relationships with all those contacted in the course of work.
LICENSE: Possession of a valid California Class "C" Driver's License and a good driving record may be required