Air Quality Specialist

  • SWCA Environmental Consultants
  • California, USA
  • Apr 26, 2019
Full time Air Quality Climate Change/ Resiliency Environmental Science - Engineering

Job Description

About the opportunity

SWCA Environmental Consultants is seeking a Mid-Level Specialist for Air Quality, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Energy Calculations and Noise analyses to be based out of any of SWCA’s San Francisco, Half Moon Bay, San Luis Obispo, Sacramento, or Pasadena office locations.  This technical specialist would join SWCA’s CEQA Practice Group, a well-established and growing environmental practice in California.


The role is a regular, full-time salaried position, reporting to one of SWCA’s regional principals or office directors.  The qualified mid-level specialist will support technical air quality and greenhouse gas emissions analyses for a wide variety of land development, state and local government, power generation, and transportation-related projects throughout California.  Technical proficiency in noise and energy calculations analyses is also strongly desired.  The technical impact analyses will be used for the preparation of CEQA and other environmental planning documents. The position will work closely with a team of project managers, environmental planners, and other technical staff to formulate approaches to analysis, document project impacts, and create mitigation measures.


SWCA’s well-established and growing CEQA Practice Group provides high-quality CEQA services across the California geography and is looking to further build this practice with additional in-house services.  The growth opportunities for this position cannot be understated and could potentially involve establishing, leading, and growing the air quality, greenhouse gas, noise, and energy component of SWCA’s CEQA Planning Group practice.  This position is ideal for an ambitious individual who is looking to advance their career as both a CEQA practitioner and an Air Quality, Greenhouse Gas, Noise and Energy Specialist, and to do so at a very fast pace.

What you will accomplish

  • Review state and local air quality, greenhouse gas, and noise regulations to make technical recommendations on specific projects related to air quality and GHG emissions.
  • Serve as a technical specialist preparing modeling assumptions for air quality compliance assurance (e.g., using CalEEMod), greenhouse gas emissions, health risk assessments, and noise technical analyses to support CEQA and other environmental permitting services and programs throughout California.
  • Prepare CEQA sections for the topics of air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, and noise, as specified in CEQA (Appendix G Environmental Checklist or other locally-adopted checklist) and calculation of energy consumption, per CEQA Appendix F (Energy Conservation).
  • Prepare and interpret air dispersion modeling analysis in accordance with project requirements and guidelines.
  • Ability to conduct short-term and long-term noise measurements, and evaluate future noise levels using available traffic projections and operational data information based on applicable local or state standards.
  • Identify and develop new opportunities, prepare effective technical proposals, and take an active leadership role in developing business with new and existing clients.
  • Collaborate with other SWCA practitioners to execute air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, and noise analyses, including participating on teams comprised of Air Quality professionals from multiple offices across the organization.

Experience and qualifications for success

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in engineering, chemical, mechanical, environmental science, or related degree required.
  • A minimum of five years of consulting experience in air quality, greenhouse gas, and noise analyses, with dispersion modeling, emission inventories, air quality construction and operating permits and compliance reporting.
  • Proficiency in modeling and interpreting CEQA-based air quality and greenhouse gas emissions analyses (e.g., CalEEMod-based modeling), energy consumption calculations, and noise analyses.
  • Excellent communication (written/verbal), strategic thinking, negotiation, and presentation skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Ability to travel as needed for projects throughout California.
  • Willingness to learn, have fun, and grow into increased management responsibilities.

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