Air Quality Planner / Analyst - Assistant / Associate

Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District   Sacramento, CA   Full-time     Quality Control
Posted on May 12, 2024
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Air Quality Planner/Analyst - Assistant/Associate

Salary: $43.54 - $61.47 Hourly


The Transportation and Climate Change Division of the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District is seeking a highly motivated, organized, and detail-oriented Air Quality Planner/Analyst to join the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and Land Use team. The CEQA and Land Use team is a dedicated group of professionals advancing clean air, public health, and climate solutions through technical assistance, project development, and advocacy in the land use and transportation sectors. This position will support implementing policies and actions to reduce emissions, pollution exposure, and climate hazards in the Sacramento region.

This position will develop and update key Sac Metro Air District CEQA thresholds and guidance; provide technical assistance to the public, developers, construction companies, and government agencies on air quality and climate issues; assist with the implementation of operational and construction mitigation programs; manage a portfolio of jurisdictions, advocate for policies and actions that improve air quality and climate resilience; and review land use development projects to effect sustainable changes in the built environment.

This position performs a variety of professional, administrative, and technical work in connection with the development, implementation, evaluation, and assessment of air quality standards, conditions, plans, and strategies to ensure public and private compliance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations; and performs other related duties as required.


Assistant Air Quality Planner Analyst – Entry-level class in the air quality planner/ analyst series. Incumbents perform field and office assignments of a less complex nature in connection with the development, implementation, and evaluation of air quality plans, standards, and strategies to restore and maintain air quality that meets applicable State and Federal standards. Incumbents are expected to demonstrate increased proficiency and knowledge. Incumbents are gradually given more difficult and responsible assignments, less supervision, and may assist experienced staff on more difficult projects.

Associate Air Quality Planner Analyst – The fully experienced, journey-level class in the air quality planner/analyst series. Incumbents are responsible for office and/ or field assignments of substantial difficulty and complexity and are required to direct them to completion. Associate Air Quality Planner/Analysts have no supervisory responsibility but do provide technical direction to others, train entry personnel, or may act as project leaders.

Typical Duties

The duties listed below are examples of the work typically performed by employees in this class. An employee may not be assigned all duties listed and may be assigned duties which are not listed below. Marginal duties (shown in italics) are those which are least likely to be essential functions for any single position in this class.

1. Researches, analyzes, and assesses information necessary to develop, coordinate, administer, implement, or evaluate air quality management plans, strategies, rules, legislation, programs and policies.

2. Monitors, analyzes, and prepares reports, rules, regulations, and other documents.

3. Reviews, prepares, and presents reports, rules, regulations, and other documents.

4. Consults with other agencies and interest groups on the plans and strategies for implementing air district programs and on the impact of their proposals and programs on the air district.

5. Implements, administers, and coordinates specific programs to reduce emissions.

6. Represents the department, makes presentations, and provides information on assigned work at meetings, public hearings, and to the public.

7. Interprets data and analyzes findings from a variety of sources including complex computer models, air emission inventories, reports, documents, and statistics.

8. Develops, maintains, and uses computer databases, tracking systems, modeling programs, maps, inventories, surveys, and other means of gathering, analyzing, and displaying information.

9. Reviews and evaluates applications for emission reduction credits to determine compliance with all applicable rules and regulations; recommends whether emission reduction credits should be granted; develops and maintains registries of emission reduction credits.

Minimum Qualifications


Assistant Air Quality Planner – Completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in an environmentally related field or any combination of training and experience that provides the desired knowledge and abilities.

Associate Air Quality Planner – Completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in an environmentally related field and two years of full-time experience as an Assistant Air /Quality Planner/Analyst in the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, or two years of full-time experience performing duties related to planning, developing and evaluating strategies and programs to reduce existing and potential sources of air contaminants or any combination of training and experience that provides the desired knowledge and abilities.


Both Classes – Principles and methods of measuring atmospheric conditions and air quality; statistical analysis; purposes and procedures of various public and private agencies involved in air quality; basic computer principles and applications; techniques of graphic presentation.

Associate Air Quality Planner/Analyst – Principles and practices of governmental planning; trends and statistics affecting air quality planning and program development; major types and sources of air pollution; the relationship of State and Federal air quality laws and guidelines.


Both Classes – Analyze, interpret, and apply legislation, laws, regulations, and technical publications related to air quality management; develop, implement and evaluate air quality management plans, strategies, rules, and programs; conduct research and special studies of air quality; analyze complex, technical documents, reports, statistics, and computer models; evaluate and review complex and difficult plans, assessment inventories, rules, and proposals; prepare technical reports; interpret and explain Federal, State and local policies, procedures, and laws; make written, graphic, and verbal presentations to professional and civic groups; deal with a variety of different personalities and situations.


Possession of a valid Class C California driver's license.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or approved exemption is required prior to starting work. Proof of a COVID-19 booster is also required for booster-eligible employees in positions that are reasonably expected to visit customer or partner facilities in the regular course of their work. The District requires employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with exemptions only as required by law.  

Working Conditions & Physical Demands

Physical Demands:

This is primarily a desk job. The job requires occasional travel by car. Physical demands include occasional lifting up to 25 pounds, walking, sitting, both near and distance vision, hearing, speaking, some bending, stopping, and squatting.

Working Conditions

Generally clean work environment with limited exposure to conditions such as dust, fumes, odors, or noise. Computer monitor used on a daily basis. Travel throughout the District may be required.