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Senior Air Quality Meteorologist. Bay Area Air Quality Management District

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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 Senior Air Quality Meteorologist in the Technical Services Division. There is one (1) vacancy. This is a regular, represented position with regular working hours between 8:00am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday. Occasional overtime on weekends and holidays is required.


Provides lead direction and performs the more complex professional meteorological work; performs related work as assigned.


This is the advanced lead level in the professional meteorology series. Incumbents provide lead direction to professional and support staff and perform the more complex meteorological studies including assessing and improving prediction of future air quality levels in the Bay Area through the use of computer models. This class is distinguished from the Supervising Air Quality Meteorologist in that the latter plans, organizes, supervises, reviews and evaluates staff and activities of an assigned section.

 Examples of Duties for this Position:
Provides lead direction, training and work review to professional, technical and support staff; resolves technical questions relating to the work.

Trains staff in work procedures and participates in the evaluation of work performance.

Reviews various operational forecast models; assesses the appropriateness of meteorological data used and the assumptions made; advises on new products needed from vendors and advises Executive Staff whether air quality standards may be exceeded on a daily and weekly basis.

Leads the section in the implementation of the Air District Open Burn program and attends two to three regional meetings each year to facilitate cooperation with meteorologists in neighboring Air Districts.

Determines compliance with District regulations; determines the responsible source for exceedances of air quality standards; recommends and supports enforcement and legal actions.

Represents the District in coordinating activities with other operational and research groups and public agencies.

Collects, analyzes and interprets meteorological data gathered by surface and upper air stations, satellites and profilers; verifies quality of data; identifies and explains trends.

Studies and interprets synoptic reports, maps, satellite photographs, prognostic charts and air pollution data to predict long and short range air quality conditions; recommends air quality advisories, and determines acreage amounts to be burned by State and local agencies upon request

Applies scientific and statistical techniques to solve complex air pollution analysis and forecasting problems. 

Identifies research needs, designs and conducts technical and statistical studies and prepares reports of findings.

Represents the District in coordinating activities with other operational and research groups and public agencies.

Collects, analyzes and interprets meteorological data gathered by surface and upper air stations, satellites and radar; verifies quality of data; identifies and explains trends.

Studies and interprets synoptic reports, maps, photographs and prognostic charts and air contaminant data to predict long and short range meteorological and air quality conditions; issues various periodic and special air quality advisories.

Performs statistical and computer analysis of complex meteorological and air quality relationships.

Writes and implements computer programs and software to manipulate and analyze meteorological and air quality data.

Applies scientific and mathematical theories, principles, models and techniques to solve complex air pollution analysis and forecasting problems.

Participates in developing and monitoring the annual budget for the section.

 Minimum Qualifications:
Education and Experience

A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills is:

Equivalent to graduation from a four year college or university with major coursework in meteorology or a closely related field and three years of professional meteorological experience involving environmental quality analysis and forecasting.

Other Requirements

Must possess a valid California driver’s license.

Specified positions may require physical strength and agility to climb towers in excess of 10 meters in height. Specified positions may require some weekend work.

Please note: This position includes weekend and holiday assignments. Such assignments are rotated with two other meteorologists. Assignments usually result in working approximately every 6th weekend during spring and summer and every 3rd weekend during fall and winter. These overtime assignments typically require up to 5 hours on either or both weekend days before 1pm and may be done by telecommute with the approval of the supervisor.

 How to Apply & Selection Criteria:
How to Apply

Interested individuals must submit a completed official BAAQMD application along with a chronological resume and the answers to the Supplemental Questionnaire to the District’s Human Resources Office at 939 Ellis Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA, 94109 by no later than 5 p.m. on May 12, 2014. Applications are accepted online. Please visit our website at www.baaqmd.gov/jobs to apply or to download an application.

Resumes are required, but not in lieu of the required application materials. Postmarks, faxes, and E-mailed applications will not be accepted.

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 written 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. 

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.


Knowledge of:

Basic principles and practices in training new meteorologists.

Principles and theories of scientific meteorology, including physics, mathematics and statistics and their applications to environmental air quality.

Principles and techniques of meteorological and air quality analysis, forecasting and modeling.

Applicable District rules and regulations and state and federal laws related to air quality and prescribed burning.

Principles and techniques of scientific research and data analysis.

Skill in:

Planning, assigning, directing and reviewing the work of assigned staff.

Training others in work procedures.

Applying meteorological and air quality principles and theories.

Preparing and analyzing meteorological and air quality data and issuing accurate forecasts.

Communicating effectively, both orally and in writing.

Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.

Preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials.

Using initiative and sound independent judgment within established guidelines.


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