Fresno, California; Bakersfield, California; Modesto, California
$4,151 - $5,044 per month
May 03 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
All Industry
Job Type
Staff Scientist

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is seeking Air Quality Field Assistants, which is a para-professional class that performs limited field inspections and provides operational support to their assigned programs.  The positions are assigned to the Compliance Department and are located in the District’s Modesto, Fresno, and Bakersfield offices.  The eligible list established as a result of this recruitment will be used to fill current regular and temporary vacancies.

The District is committed to establishing and maintaining a workforce that provides not only high-quality technical work, but also exceptional customer service.  Our customers include the public, the regulated community, other agencies, and fellow employees.  The principles of our STAR (Service, Teamwork, Attitude, and Respect) culture create an atmosphere in which providing exceptional service, demonstrating effective teamwork, maintaining a positive attitude, and showing respect to others is a key part of every employee’s job.

Air Quality Field Assistants conduct field site inspections of agricultural operations, and industrial facilities; issue violation notices to sources found out of compliance; use instrumentation to measure and evaluate various emissions; respond to and investigate limited types of complaints of air pollution problems; conduct limited surveillance to detect permit and emissions violations; and complete data entry and maintain accurate records.


Requires a H.S. diploma or G.E.D. AND three (3) years of para-professional or technical support work in a scientific field, some technical, scientific training is desirable OR college coursework equivalent to an Associates degree in a scientific, mechanical, industrial or related discipline; OR three (3) years of support experience in an air quality setting.

Qualified applicants must possess an aptitude to learn the principles and practices of air quality inspection and compliance; record keeping and reporting principles and practices; applicable state and federal laws, rules, and regulations; practices and techniques of operating basic air quality and related testing equipment; basic office administrative practices and procedures; business arithmetic, including percentages and decimals; correct English usage, including spelling, grammar, and punctuation and have skill in: preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence, and other written materials; maintaining accurate records and files; understanding and explaining technical rules and regulations; exercising sound independent judgment and initiative within general policy guidelines; and establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Other Requirements:

Must possess a valid California Driver License and meet the automobile insurability requirements of the District.  Must meet the District's medical standards for this classification.  Must possess the physical ability to work near and in the presence of hazardous and toxic materials, climb structures to evaluate processes in operation, and lift equipment.  Must have the ability to meet the District’s respiratory protection requirements (which include having the ability to wear a respirator and self-contained breathing apparatus.)  In addition, must sign a waiver to release all information related to past employment and complete a conflict of interest form.

Selection Process:

Interested individuals must submit an SJVAPCD application by 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 24, 2021. Applications must be submitted on our website at Resumes are not accepted in lieu of an official application.   

All applications and supplemental application forms will be reviewed and screened based on the necessary employment standards for the position.  Those candidates who are considered most qualified for the position will be invited to participate in an oral examination, weighted at 100%.        EOE