Air Pollution Specialist, California Air Resources Board – Sacramento, CA

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.