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Air Quality Specialist (Advanced Monitoring Technologies)

South Coast Air Quality Management District
Diamond Bar, California (US)
Closing date
Nov 25, 2023

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South Coast AQMD is seeking to hire experienced individuals to fill multiple Air Quality Specialist vacancies in the Advanced Monitoring Technologies (AMT) department of the Monitoring and Analysis Division (MAD).  From this recruitment process, we expect to establish an eligibility list from which current and future vacancies may be filled during the 6–12 month life of the list.  Under general direction from the Program Supervisor in AMT, these Air Quality Specialists will be responsible for the implementation of community air monitoring projects and programs to address various air quality issues.


IMPORTANT NOTE:  The application period will remain open on a continuous basis, until recruitment needs are met. However, you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as the application period may close at any time.  The first round of application review will begin November 17, 2023.


General duties for Air Quality Specialists in the AMT department 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 deliver 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 department oversees the implementation of multiple cutting-edge advanced air monitoring programs.  While the current vacancies exist in the AB 617 Monitoring unit, the eligible list may be used to fill current and future vacancies in other AMT units.


AB 617 Monitoring Unit:

This unit is responsible for the development and implementation of Community Air Monitoring Plans for communities selected under Assembly Bill (AB) 617, a pioneering community-driven program that focuses on reducing emissions and exposure to air contaminants in environmental justice communities disproportionally impacted by air pollution.  As part of this program, the AB 617 Monitoring team conducts purposeful air monitoring to address a wide variety of air quality issues that can inform emission and exposure reduction strategies.  Some of the specialized duties for the candidate that will be selected for a position in this unit include:


  • Participate in air monitoring projects involving the development and deployment of cutting-edge air monitoring systems and technologies.
  • Use, operate, and maintain a wide range of advanced air monitoring equipment for community monitoring applications, with a focus on real-time continuous measurements of air toxics (e.g., Xact 615i Metal Monitor, Aerosol Chemical Speciation Monitor (ACSM), Scanning Mobility Particle Sizer (SMPS), Aethalometer, Condensation Particle Counter (CPC), etc.).
  • Evaluate, analyze, and interpret multi-pollutant data collected as part of various community projects and programs.
  • Perform source apportionment and other complex analysis of air quality data.
  • Participate in the development of tools and applications for validating, analyzing, visualizing, and mapping air quality data.
  • Assist in the proper interpretation and communication of monitoring data to community members, community organizations, and other stakeholders.
  • Work with scientists, other governmental agencies, public and private institutions, and environmental and community organizations to evaluate, develop and implement new air monitoring methods and techniques.


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