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Air Quality Specialist (Advanced Monitoring Technologies)

South Coast AQMD
Los Angeles County
$83,383.08 - $112,054.68 Annually
Closing date
Dec 16, 2022

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Atmospheric Sciences, Interdisciplinary/Other, Social Sciences
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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 large areas of Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, including the Coachella Valley, which is 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 800 employees, an annual budget of $189.2 million, and a state-of-the art air quality laboratory, our mission is to ensure clean air and a healthy environment. South Coast AQMD is an organization you can be proud to work for -- we make a difference in the quality of life in Southern California! 



South Coast AQMD is seeking to hire experienced individuals for current and future Air Quality Specialist vacancies in the Advanced Monitoring Technologies (AMT) Unit of the Monitoring and Analysis Division (MAD).  From this recruitment process, we expect to establish an eligible list from which current and future vacancies may be filled during the 6–12-month life of the list. We anticipate filling multiple vacancies in the AMT Unit to support a wide range of activities.


Under general direction, these Air Quality Specialists will be responsible for the implementation of air monitoring programs to address various air quality issues.


General duties for Air Quality Specialists in the AMT Unit may include, but are not limited to:

  • Use, operation, and maintenance of advanced atmospheric measurement methods and instrumentation
  • Use of computer applications, tools, and statistical software for the validation, analysis, and interpretation of large datasets
  • Use of statistical data analysis tools and programs, and advanced graphical packages
  • Perform complex analysis of air quality data from monitoring studies
  • Prepare a range of written documents, reports, graphs, charts, statistical summaries, scientific papers, and grant applications
  • Communicate results and conclusions, and explain air quality data to community members, industry, and other stakeholders
  • Prepare and/or perform presentations to convey complex air quality concepts to technical and/or general-public audiences
  • Work efficiently and effectively in a fast-paced, cross-functional, cooperative, and collaborative team environment
  • Work collaboratively with stakeholders from academia, industry, environmental and community groups, other high-interest low-trust stakeholders, other governmental agencies, and staff from other divisions of South Coast AQMD
  • Represent South Coats AQMD in community meetings, scientific conferences, and other public events
  • Conduct applied air quality research to support the mission of the agency
  • Develop and manage public website content 
  • Perform various specialized duties unique to the AMT program to which assigned

The AMT Unit oversees the implementation of multiple cutting-edge advanced air monitoring programs.  We anticipate filling vacancies in each of the following programs below.  Although all candidates will be considered for any of the available positions, applicants are encouraged to highlight any specialized skills and/or experience that would make them especially successful for one or more the programs. Full description of these programs are available on the job posting here:

  • AB 617 Monitoring Program
  • AQ-SPEC Program
  • Rule 1180 Implementation/Optical Remote Sensing Program




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

  • An advanced degree in atmospheric science, environmental engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemistry, physics, meteorology, environmental science, or related field
  • Training and experience that demonstrates proficient knowledge in advanced atmospheric measurement methods, and the analysis and interpretation of air quality data
  • Extensive experience with the operation, maintenance, and repair of state-of-the-art air quality monitoring equipment including continuous and real-time air quality monitors
  • Experience conducting air monitoring for fenceline and community monitoring, and other specific applications
  • Knowledge of the capabilities and limitations of air quality instrumentation
  • Experience with the analysis and interpretation of air quality data and large datasets; knowledge of big data analytics and advanced statistical techniques for data analysis and source apportionment
  • Experience with tools for data architecture, visualization and mapping; cloud-based computing platforms for storing, analyzing, and visualizing large amounts of data
  • Proficient use of computer applications, tools, and statistical software for data validation, analysis, and interpretation; computer programming languages, statistical data analysis tools and/or programs; and/or advanced graphical packages
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience with community and public outreach activities



EDUCATION:  Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in engineering, environmental science, planning, or the physical, social, or biological sciences, depending upon the functions of the assigned unit.

EXPERIENCE:  Two years of technical air quality or professional analytical experience that would demonstrate the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position to which assigned.


Deadline: Friday, December 2, 2022 11:59pm


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