Air Pollution Specialist, California Air Resources Board – Sacramento

Published 23:15 on April 9, 2018  /  Last updated at 23:15 on April 9, 2018  /  Job Postings  /  No Comments

The incumbent will be responsible for development and implementation of U.S Forest Compliance Offset Protocols, as well as other Protocols, for the reporting and verification of voluntary GHG emissions reductions by offset project developers to support the Cap-and-Trade Program.  

Job Description and Duties

The Industrial Strategies Division is recruiting for an Air Pollution Specialist to fill a vacancy.  The Industrial Strategies Division’s climate change program is the central point of contact and leadership for the development and implementation of the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, and for the implementation of Assembly Bill 398 (Chapter 135, Statutes of 2017).  Under direction of the Air Resources Supervisor I, this position will participate as a member of high level technical (engineering and scientific) teams established to address policy and technical issues associated with the development of plans for reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions related to internationally linked Cap-and-Trade programs.

The incumbent will be responsible for development and implementation of U.S Forest Compliance Offset Protocols, as well as other Protocols, for the reporting and verification of voluntary GHG emissions reductions by offset project developers to support the Cap-and-Trade Program.  The incumbent will assist offset project operators, with a specific focus on forest projects, with compliance and oversee the offset verification program.  The incumbent will provide specialized expertise to the Compliance Offset Task Force created pursuant to AB 398, which is tasked with providing guidance to ARB on adopting new Compliance Offset Protocols for the Cap-and-Trade Program.  The incumbent will work with management to evaluate Task Force guidance and develop recommendations for management consideration.  The incumbent will aid in the development of processes to support the new offset limits created in AB 398.  The incumbent will develop a variety of reports, briefing papers, speeches and presentations, and will work with management to evaluate proposals and recommend creative solutions to climate change challenges.  The incumbent will be called upon to serve as a lead person for workgroups, technical meetings, and verification and project audits, and to engage in events with industry, environmental groups, government organizations, and the public.

This position is subject to a background check, including felony convictions and credit, because the incumbent may have access to highly sensitive carbon market information and/or the ability to electronically control such information.  A duty statement is available upon request.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate’s relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

The most competitive candidates will be highly motivated, self-starting and enthusiastic and will possess the ability to interact effectively with people at all levels of management, government, and industry.  They will have experience demonstrating: strong written and verbal communication skills; the ability to handle sensitive and confidential assignments with tact, diplomacy, and strict adherence to confidentiality procedures; the ability to handle rapidly changing priorities; and the ability to work under pressure and time constraints.  The incumbent must have the demonstrated ability to analyze data, including geospatial data, develop solutions and present information effectively both orally and in writing.  The incumbent should have demonstrated experience and/or knowledge about the Cap-and-Trade Program and/or other climate regulations and must be able to gain the confidence and cooperation of those contacted during the course of work.  The most competitive candidates will have demonstrated experience and/or education in forest management, forestry, geospatial mapping or planning, or other land-based environmental fields.  Experience with ARB’s Compliance Offset program is also highly desirable.  The ability to handle sensitive information and materials in a highly public setting is a must.

Final Filing Date: 4/13/2018

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