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Air Quality Inspector

San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District
Modesto, California
$5,461.08 - $7,690.01 Monthly
Closing date
Dec 21, 2022

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Physical Sciences, Atmospheric Sciences
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Full Time
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We are excited you are considering the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District as a place for employment! Our agency is in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley and our mission is to improve the health and quality of life for all Valley residents through efficient, effective and entrepreneurial air quality management strategies. We pride our agency on 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 creates 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.
The District is recruiting for an Air Quality Inspector to fill a vacancy in our Modesto office. The eligible list established as a result of this recruitment may also be used to fill future vacancies.  In addition to a competitive salary, the District offers excellent benefits, a generous leave policy, a flexible work schedule and more!  
Air Quality Inspector I is the entry-level class in the field inspection series.  Incumbents learn the principles and practices necessary to evaluate and enforce compliance with air pollution control regulations.  Incumbents will conduct inspections of manufacturing, industrial, commercial, and agricultural operations to ensure adherence to air quality standards and regulations; use monitoring equipment and instrumentation to measure and evaluate various emissions and particulates; respond to and investigate public complaints regarding air pollution concerns; perform spot checks to identify permit and emission violations; conduct chemical and plume evaluation tests and record findings; issue violation notices; and conduct permit inspections on newly established facilities.  
After two years of service, incumbents are eligible to promote to Air Quality Inspector II.  At the II level, incumbents are fully competent to perform the full range of inspection and compliance assignments requiring considerable judgment and knowledge of a variety of industries.   


Requires a Bachelor of Science degree with major coursework in chemistry, biology, engineering, environmental science, or a closely related discipline.  Experience in providing sub-professional, technical support in an air quality setting may be substituted for the education on a year for year basis to a maximum of two years.  Candidates must submit acceptable documentation of all degrees/education claimed on their application, prior to an offer of employment.
Qualified applicants must possess an aptitude for learning the following: common biological, chemical, and physical processes that cause air pollution; techniques of modifying production processes and equipment that can reduce emissions; and applicable state and federal laws, rules, and regulations; and must possess skill in: applying theories, principles, and practices of air quality to inspection and compliance matters; preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence, and other written materials; maintaining accurate records and files; basic keyboarding skills; 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

Qualified applicants must: possess a valid California Driver License and meet the automobile insurability requirements of the District; meet the District's medical standards for this classification; have the ability to meet the District’s respiratory protection requirements (which include obtaining certification to wear a respirator and self-contained breathing apparatus); complete training provided to meet the required standards by the State of California to be certified as a Visible Emission Evaluator; be available for rotational on-call duty during weekends and non-business hours; sign a waiver to release all information related to past employment; and complete a conflict of interest form.  Must be able to attend work on a daily basis as scheduled.

Selection Process:

Interested individuals must apply on our website at by 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21, 2022.  
All application materials will be reviewed and screened based on the necessary employment standards for the position.  Those candidates who meet the minimum qualifications for the position will be invited to participate in a written examination.  Employment consideration will be weighted as follows: Written Examination: Pass/Fail; Oral Examination: 100%.  

San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution District participates in the E-Verify Program. For more information visit (Download PDF reader)  EOE



The Air District's Mission:

The San Joaquin Valley Air District is a public health agency whose mission is to improve the health and quality of life for all Valley residents through efficient, effective and entrepreneurial air quality management strategies. Our Core Values have been designed to ensure that our mission is accomplished through common sense.

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