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Air Resource Specialist | Position closes April 10th
The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency seeks an Air Resource Specialist to improve regional air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Puget Sound Region.
The Agency is undertaking an innovative strategic planning exercise from spring 2013 to early 2014. The specialist will directly support the plan process and development, and will subsequently help to implement the plan. Specifically, the specialist will develop concise policy papers and options to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in the Puget Sound region based on technical analyses.
While many focus areas of strategic planning have yet to be identified, several are known. Ideally, the specialist will have expertise in one or more of these areas to complement existing staff resources. These areas include: climate science and policy, transportation planning, and environmental health (and specifically health effects related to air pollution).
Job duties include:
• Perform technical analyses of air monitoring data, emissions inventory information, and dispersion and other air quality modeling results.
• Produce technical reports that synthesize complex technical information into coherent policy/strategy options for review and use by a broad-based audience
• Communicate technical information clearly to a variety of internal and external audiences.
• Build and maintain relationships and partnerships with appropriate counterparts in other agencies and other entities.
• Develop, implement, and manage project plans that support the Agency’s strategic priorities.
• Provide technical and/or general assistance to internal and external customers.
• Align and integrate project work with the agency’s strategic plan to attain agency goals, objectives and long-term vision.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills to clearly provide information to technical and non-technical audiences..
• Strong project management and organizational skills to initiate and run projects, following the Agency’s project management system.
• Experience working independently to research air quality information and apply sound professional judgment to determine reliable sources.
• Dedication to the principles of teamwork, i.e. works collaboratively with internal and external teams, and assists in the development of solutions to project-related problems and issues.
• Successful experience working independently with minimal supervision; self-directed.
• Proven ability to work successfully under tight deadlines and high quality standards.
• Intermediate level knowledge of MS Office products required.
• Familiarity with emission, air quality, or climate models desirable.
• Familiarity with technical tools such as GIS, R, Matlab, SPSS, etc. desirable.
Education and Experience
Candidates may have any combination of education and experience which provide the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the job.
• Education required: A Bachelor’s degree (Master’s level desirable) in physical sciences or engineering
• Experience preferred: 5+ years of relevant, technical experience in relevant activities