Air Pollution and Climate Change Health Science Specialist

California Air Resources Board Published: April 10, 2024
Sacramento County / Hybrid, CA
Skill Level
Mid Level
Job Type
Climate Change / Other / Scientific
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CARB is charged with protecting the public from the harmful effects of air pollution and developing programs and actions to fight climate change. From requirements for clean cars and fuels to adopting innovative solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, California has pioneered a range of effective approaches that have set the standard for effective air and climate programs for the nation, and the world.

Are you ready to be part of a team dedicated to protecting and improving health in vulnerable communities and the public?

Position Overview

The Climate and Health Analysis and Library Services Section is seeking a candidate to collaborate with a team of skilled staff to investigate some of the most important issues affecting the health of residents in California.

The section studies how exposure to ambient air pollution, climate change, and inequity impacts the health and welfare of California's vulnerable communities and sensitive populations, such as children and seniors. The section is involved in conducting and sponsoring critical research that provides information to help assist in CARB's efforts to protect public health for both communities and residents, including new areas of concern. The section also operates the California Environmental Protection Agency (CALEPA) Library (also known as the Science and Technical Library) and the CALEPA Law Library.

The successful candidate will serve as a subject matter expert for the public health impacts of air pollution, climate, and equity in California and will help to develop, direct, and possibly conduct quantitative and qualitative research on these important health concerns in vulnerable communities. The candidate will provide expertise on how to include consideration of the effects of societal factors on health outcomes. The results of this research will support CARB's mission to reduce the impacts of air pollution and climate change and provide information to help increase the resilience of California's communities. The selected candidate will be knowledgeable in air pollution and health and equity issues, well qualified to analyze and interpret the results from contract studies, in house research and other published studies. Effective communication of health research results to management, the general public, local air districts and the Board is an essential component of this position. 

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

The sucessful candidate will have extensive scientific knowledge of the study of air pollution and climate change impacts on human health, including knowledge of the methods and models used in exposure and health analysis. Required skills include knowledge of epidemiology, public and community health, issues related to equity, exposure assessment, and biostatistics. Skills in plain language writing for various audiences including the lay public as well as technical writing skills are required. A background in public or community health is needed with a Master's degree as a minimum, although a PhD is desirable. The ability to work both independently and with a team is important as well as good communication skills.

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CARB values diversity at all levels of the organization and is committed to fostering an environment where employees from various backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. CARB believes the diversity of our employees collectively makes up one of the world’s most respected environmental organizations. CARB offers various modern interview options, including remote phone and video interviews. Join CARB and help us improve the lives of all Californians.

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