Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Jun 18, 2019Full time
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (District) is a regional government agency, committed to achieving clean air to protect the public's health and the environment. The District accomplishes this goal through regulation of industrial facilities and various outreach and incentive programs designed to encourage clean air choices.The District's jurisdiction encompasses all of seven counties - Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Napa, and portions of two others - southwestern Solano and southern Sonoma.The District is conducting an open recruitment for the position of Senior Air Quality Instrument Specialist. There are two (2) vacancies, in the Meteorology and Measurements Division. These are full-time, represented positions.This position is field-based and reports from an assigned field office.DEFINITIONUnder direction, provides lead technical direction and performs the more complex technical air monitoring and source testing work; performs related work as assigned.DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICSThis is the advanced lead level in the technical air monitoring series. Incumbents provide lead direction and perform the more complex air monitoring assignments that require considerable technical knowledge and use of independent judgment. This class is distinguished from Supervising Air Quality Instrument Specialist in that the latter supervises the staff and participates in the activities of assigned air monitoring programs. EXAMPLES OF DUTIES FOR THIS POSITION: Performs acceptance testing of new and repaired scientific/analytical instrumentation; troubleshoots and repairs instrumentation problems to the component level; coordinates repairs and installation of equipment and instruments with vendors. Operates and evaluates the performance of field computers, computer hardware/software, telecommunications and data devices in networked systems, stand-alone and networked data acquisition systems. Reviews, evaluates, summarizes and records data collected electronically or manually from scientific/analytical instrumentation in compliance with District, state and federal standards. Conducts quality assessment functions on air monitoring and source testing equipment by means of performance evaluations, using gaseous and other calibrated standards. Oversees instrument performance evaluations at industrial ground level monitoring sites. Evaluates performance of analytical instrumentation to ensure compliance with District, state and federal standards. Adapts and modifies instrumentation and equipment for special sampling tests. Implements operational, analytical and technical methods and procedures. Performs complex duties involving installation, operation, maintenance, calibration and repair of air monitoring and source testing equipment and instruments including instrumentation used in air monitoring, quality assessment and source test technical work. Conducts special studies and projects; conducts, assists or monitors special community air monitoring projects, inter-agency audits and other special projects as directed. Oversees instrument performance and data evaluation. Maintains detailed technical records and logbooks. Analyzes technical work processes and writes Standard Operating Procedures. Enters data into computerized database; responds to technical data requests, either orally or in writing.Prepares periodic and special reports; prepares comprehensive reports utilizing various computer programs, including word processing and spreadsheets. Administers equipment maintenance and instrument calibration record programs.Provides direction, training and technical work review to technical and support staff; prioritizes and follows up on work assignments to ensure timely completion. Provides input into selection decisions and performance evaluations, and provides general comprehensive training of new Air Quality Instrument Specialists. Coordinates the purchasing, replenishment and inventory tracking of all spare components, supplies and consumables.Establishes and maintains an electronic diagnostic test equipment training program.Develops and recommends improved sampling techniques and modifications to equipment; tests modifications to equipment. Performs tasks of Air Quality Instrument Specialist as necessary: collecting, summarizing, validating and reporting data generated from analytical instrumentation. Participates in developing and monitoring annual budget for air monitoring, quality assessment/quality control. Observes and evaluates source tests conducted by independent testing firms; audits private industry's ground level instrumentation. Coordinate and oversee in-section safety programs. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Education and Experience:A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills is:Equivalent to an associate degree in electronics, engineering, computer science, a physical science or a closely related field and five years of experience in the development or implementation of ambient air monitoring, source testing, or meteorology programs. HOW TO APPLY & SELECTION CRITERIA: How To Apply:Interested individuals must submit a completed BAAQMD application, chronological resume, and responses to the supplemental questionnaire by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. Applications are accepted online. Please visit our website at www.baaqmd.gov/jobs to apply or to download an application. Resumes must be included, and not in lieu of the required application materials. Postmarks, faxes, and E-mailed applications will not be accepted.Except as requested in this announcement, do not include any additional documents, such as letters of recommendation, performance evaluations, work samples, etc. They will not be considered or returned. Applicants submitting paper applications must also complete an official BAAQMD application. Postmarks, faxes, and e-mails will not be accepted.Supplemental Questionnaire Instructions:Individuals who apply for this position must respond to each of the supplemental questions. Both paper and online applications must be received by the Human Resources Office no later than the time and date specified in the vacancy announcement. The responses to the supplemental application questions will be used in accordance with the procedures indicated under the Selection Criteria in the vacancy announcement.Instructions: Please limit your responses to one page per question. Do not combine your responses, or reference your application, resume, or any other requested documentation that you have included with your application packet to answer a question. Please be advised that the information you provide will be evaluated "as is" and incomplete or illegible applications will likely receive lower ratings. Therefore, it is very important to provide a concise, organized, and easy to follow response to each question.You must provide the following for each question regarding experience: The name of the employer where you gained your experience, your job title, length of time in years/months performing the specific function, and detailed examples that illustrate your duties and responsibilities.Selection Criteria:Selection may be based upon a competitive examination consisting of a written exercise, interview, or combination of the two. Depending on the number of qualified applicants, an application screening and/or panel interview may be used to determine the most qualified applicants. If a panel interview is utilized it will be weighted 100%, and it may include a work exercise that will be scored as a percentage of the total score.The District may hire from this recruitment process to fill future vacancies occurring within the next 18 months.Updates regarding your status in the recruitment will be sent via email, unless you indicate a different preference on your application.Persons with disabilities who may require reasonable accommodations during the application and/or selection process should notify the Human Resources Office at (415) 749-4980.The District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.