Air Pollution Control Specialist I

Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District
Grass Valley, CA Full-time
Posted on May 23, 2019

Under immediate or general supervision, must perform administrative and technical work in all the areas of air quality tasks, such as: compliance program activities, permitting activities, grant programs, air monitoring, data processing, outreach and education, air quality program planning activities, and perform related work as required.  Must be able to follow procedures, work semi-independently, deal well with the public and industry, and conduct themselves in a professional manner.


Day to Day duties include but not limited to:

  • Conduct field inspections and investigations of existing and potential air pollution sources to insure compliance with all applicable air pollution rules and regulations.  Investigate citizen complaints, prepare carefully documented inspection reports, write legal enforcement citations for violations of air pollution rules and regulations, develop case files, work with the District Attorney's office, present evidence, and appear as a witness.


  • Issue open burning permits.  Develop and promote alternatives to open burning.  Review prescribed burn plans to assure elements are included to insure minimized smoke impact on the public.


  • Operate air monitoring equipment per a schedule, analyze collected air monitoring data, develop air monitoring reports, conduct special studies, and make recommendations as to sampling site locations, necessary equipment instrumentation, etc. Maintain and calibrate monitoring and measurement equipment; oversee instrumentation audits, maintain monitoring parts and supply inventory; provide technical support.


  • Serve as the District representative on various committees, subcommittees.


  • Apply scientific methods and principles in the identification, study, and solution of air pollution problems.  Develop computer tracking systems to store, process, and retrieve data using a personal computer and a variety of software.


Benefits Package:

Retirement:California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) 2% at 55 plan or 2% at 62 plan, depending on member’s CalPERS status at time of enrollment. The District does not participate in Social Security Portion of FICA, only Medicare.


Health Benefits:

Employees may choose to be enrolled in a PERS-provided health plan. The District will pay 100% up to $9,600 annually.   If an employee chooses to not enroll, then the employee will be compensated 40% of premium costs, or $3,840, whichever is less.


Dental/Vision: Maximum of up to $1,250 annually


Paid Vacation: 

  • 1st and 2nd year – accrue 10 days of vacation, no vacation taken until end of first year.
  • 3rd-10th year    - accrue 15 days of vacation annually
  • 11th year         - accrue 20 days of vacation annually


Paid Sick Leave: Accrue one working day per month, employee must be employed for 3 months before using sick leave.

Paid Holidays: 12 paid holidays annually, plus one personal holiday.



Bachelor of Science degree from an approved university or college OR two years of experience in an applicable field.