Placer County

Air Pollution Control Specialist - I (#14527)

$30.98-$38.69 Hourly / $5,369.87-$6,706.27 Monthly / $64,438.40-$80,475.20 Yearly

Air Pollution Control Specialist - II (#14528)

$34.16-$42.66 Hourly / $5,921.07-$7,394.40 Monthly / $71,052.80-$88,732.80 Yearly


DEFINITION

To enforce Federal, State and local air pollution laws and regulations through investigation, inspection and follow up activities, including citation issuance; and to communicate with the public regarding compliance and enforcement.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Air Pollution Control Specialist I 
This is the entry level class in the Air Pollution Control Specialist series.  This class is distinguished from the journey level by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within this series.  Employees at this level are not expected to perform with the same independence of direction and judgment on matters allocated to the journey level.  Since this class is typically used as a training class, employees may have only limited or no directly related work experience.  Employees work under immediate supervision while learning job tasks.

Air Pollution Control Specialist II 
This is the full journey level class within the Air Pollution Control Specialist series.  This class is distinguished from the Air Pollution Control Specialist I by the assignment of the full range of duties assigned.  Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and they are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies within the work unit.  Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the entry level.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED

Air Pollution Control Specialist I
Receives general supervision from the Principal or Senior Air Pollution Control Engineer.

Air Pollution Control Specialist II
Receives direction from the Principal or Senior Air Pollution Control Engineer.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Investigate complaints; conduct field inspections based on complaints or potential violations; seek compliance with air pollution statutes and regulations through written and personal contact; issue warning notices and citations; conduct follow up inspections.
  • Install, maintain and operate air monitoring equipment; monitor, collect and analyze air monitoring emission data.
  • Explain air pollution statutes and regulations and general information to the general public, business concerns and print media in the field, by telephone or in the office; coordinate with other County departments and with outside agencies as needed. 
  • Develop, coordinate, implement and tract transportation and indirect source emissions control strategies and plans; review, evaluate and comment upon the impact and effects of proposed land use and transportation alternatives; plan, develop and implement the means of achieving emissions reductions and mitigation strategies; review and evaluate Environmental Impact Reports, legislation, and land and transportation studies; work with other government agencies and community groups to coordinate, promote and track the progress of air pollution reduction measures.
  • Review applications for and issue permits, including vapor recovery authority to construct applications and burn permits.
  • Maintain accurate data records and case files; prepare documents and correspondence as necessary.
  • Monitor annual source tests; monitor and document underground fuel storage tank installation and removal; perform annual inspection of underground storage tanks known to be in operation; conduct tests to detect possible leakage. 
  • Prepare related reports and studies. 
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Air Pollution Control Specialist I

Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: No professional experience is required.

Training: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in any of the biological or physical sciences, environmental health science, engineering or a related field.

License or Certificate:
May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.
 
Air Pollution Control Specialist II

Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience:
Two years of responsible air pollution investigation and enforcement experience performing duties similar to an Air Pollution Control Specialist I with Placer County.

Training:
Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in any of the biological or physical sciences, environmental health science, engineering or a related field.

License or Certificate:
May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Air Pollution Control Specialist I

Knowledge of:

  • Principles of physics, chemistry, mathematics and the physical sciences.
  • Principles and practices of research and statistical methodology.
  • Principles and practices of air pollution planning as necessary for the position assigned.
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment.
  • Principles and practices of work safety.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis, analyze air pollution control situations/problems and develop solutions; interpret and enforce statutes and regulations, identify violations, including seeing visible emissions; maintain awareness of safety at all times.
  • On a continuous basis, walk, stand, climb and bend in the field.  Occasionally kneel and run; write or use a keyboard to communicate; regularly lift heavy weight.
  • Operate various surveillance and recording equipment; operate hand tools, compressed gas bottles, pressure regulators and flow meters.
  • Simultaneously investigate multiple inquiries, investigations and field inspections and accurately document findings and maintain appropriate records.
  • Compile, analyze and evaluate technical information and prepare recommendations regarding further action. 
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Obtain information through interview and work firmly and courteously with the public.
  • Analyze situations quickly and objectively and to determine proper course of action.
  • Use a computer, calculator, typewriter, telephone, facsimile machine, postage meter and photocopy machine.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. 

Air Pollution Control Specialist II

In addition to the qualifications for Air Pollution Control Specialist I:

Knowledge of:

  • State and local laws and regulations pertaining to air pollution control.
  • Operation, policies and procedures of the Air Pollution Control Department.

Ability to:

  • Independently interpret and enforce air pollution statutes and regulations. 
  • Perform difficult or sensitive investigations and inspections and prepare findings and recommendations for action by higher authority. 
  • Obtain a California Air Resources Board Visible Emission Certificate within twelve months of appointment.
     

CLASS: 14527; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: 11/1/2002;
CLASS: 14528; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: 11/1/2002;