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AIR QUALITY CHEMIST I/II At Bay Area Air Quality Management District

Location: San Francisco, California

Job Description

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (District) is a regional government agency, committed to achieving clean air to protect the public's health and the environment. The District accomplishes this goal through regulation of industrial facilities and various outreach and incentive programs designed to encourage clean air choices.

The District's jurisdiction encompasses all of seven counties - Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Napa, and portions of two others - southwestern Solano and southern Sonoma.
The District is currently conducting a recruitment for the position of Air Quality Chemist I/II in the Meteorology and Measurement Division. There is one (1) position. This is an open recruitment for a full-time, represented position.


Under direction, performs a variety of complex and difficult laboratory analyses of environmental contaminants; performs related work as assigned.


Air Quality Chemist I is the entry level in this professional chemist series. Initially under close supervision, incumbents perform sample analyses utilizing less sophisticated instrumentation while learning the more technical complex air quality analysis techniques and methods. As experience is gained, duties become more diversified and are performed with greater independence of action within established laboratory testing guidelines. This class is alternately staffed with Air Quality Chemist II and incumbents may advance to the higher level after gaining experience and demonstrating proficiency which meet the qualifications of the higher level class.

Air Quality Chemist II is the journey level class in this series, fully competent to independently perform a wide range of complex chemical analyses. It is distinguished from Senior Air Quality Chemist in that the latter is the working lead class, providing direction to laboratory staff as well as performing complex and specialized chemical analyses requiring considerable scientific knowledge and the use of significant independent judgment.
Examples of Duties for this Position: EXAMPLES OF DUTIES (Illustrative Only)

Performs quantitative and qualitative analyses of organic and inorganic samples related to air contaminants utilizing wet, chemical, physical, morphological, analytical, and electronic instrumentation, applying such techniques as gas chromatography, spectrophotometry, ion chromatography, atomic absorption, distillation, solvent extraction, acid and wet digestion, ashing and aeration.

Prepares liquid and gas calibration standards; compares new standards with existing standards; analyzes samples from other air quality laboratories to assist in quality assurance program.

Prepares and maintains records and documentation of samples, tests and procedures; prepares technical reports and analyses as required.

Prepares standard chemical solutions and reagents; cleans sampling canisters and other specialized containers and glassware before releasing for use in the field

Conducts analyses to separate, identify and determine the concentrations of contaminants for air quality evaluation, such as concentration of volatile organic contaminants in coatings, resins, inks and gelcoats.

Interprets and evaluates analytical results, recognizing problems which may occur during process; determines rationale for problem and implements corrective measures.

Sets up, calibrates, operates and makes minor repairs and adjustments to a variety of complex laboratory instruments and equipment.

Discusses analytical principles with engineers and inspectors involved in source testing; recommends applicable regulation for such analysis.

May direct and review the work of technicians and assist in training less experienced laboratory staff.

Confers with District employees, representatives of other government and private agencies involved in environmental health and other related work.

Orders and maintains an inventory of laboratory equipment and supplies according to predetermined levels.

Minimum Qualifications: Education and Experience:

A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills is:

Air Quality Chemist I: Equivalent to graduation from a four year college or university with major coursework in analytical and/or organic chemistry or a closely related field and two years of professional level experience in performing laboratory chemical analysis, and instrumentation analysis such as gas chromatography.

Air Quality Chemist II: In addition to the above, two years of experience performing chemical analysis of environmental contaminants in an air quality testing laboratory.
How to Apply & Selection Criteria: HOW TO APPLY & SELECTION CRITERIA:
How to Apply:
Interested individuals must submit a completed BAAQMD application, chronological resume, and responses to the supplemental questionnaire by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 8, 2019. Applications are accepted online. Please visit our website at to apply or to download an application. Resumes must be included, and not in lieu of the required application materials. Postmarks, faxes, and e-mailed applications will not be accepted.

Except as requested in this announcement, do not include any additional documents, such as letters of recommendation, performance evaluations, work samples, etc. They will not be considered or returned. Applicants submitting paper applications must also complete an official BAAQMD application.

Supplemental Questionnaire Instructions:
Individuals who apply for this position must respond to each of the supplemental questions. Applications must be received by the Human Resources Office no later than the time and date specified in the vacancy announcement. The responses to the supplemental application questions will be used in accordance with the procedures indicated under the Selection Criteria in the vacancy announcement.

Instructions: Please limit your responses as noted. Do not combine your responses, or reference your application, resume, or any other requested documentation that you have included with your application packet to answer a question. Please be advised that the information you provide will be evaluated "as is" and may be used to determine applicants with the most directly-related experience, education, and training who will continue in the selection process; incomplete or illegible applications will likely receive lower ratings.

Selection Criteria:
Selection may be based upon a competitive examination consisting of a written exercise, interview, or combination of the two. Depending on the number of qualified applicants, an application screening and/or panel interview may be used to determine the most qualified applicants. If a panel interview is utilized it will be weighted 100%, and it may include a work exercise that will be scored as a percentage of the total score.

The District may hire from this recruitment process to fill future vacancies occurring within the next 18 months.

Updates regarding your status in the recruitment will be sent via email, unless you indicate a different preference on your application.

Persons with disabilities who may require reasonable accommodations during the application and/or selection process should notify the Human Resources Office at (415) 749-4980.

The District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.