CAPCOA Employment


Air Quality Specialist

SALARY RANGE: $60,000 TO $84,000 PER YEAR
(Depending On Qualifications)


Application Deadline: May 3, 2021

Please submit a resume and cover letter with your application


CAPCOA, the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association, is a non-profit association of the air pollution control officers from all 35 local air quality agencies throughout California.  CAPCOA was formed in 1976 to promote clean air and to provide a forum for sharing of knowledge, experience, and information among the air quality regulatory agencies around the State.  The Association promotes unity and efficiency and strives to encourage consistency in methods and practices of air pollution control.  It is an organization of air quality professionals — leaders in their field.  CAPCOA is seeking an Air Quality Specialist.

Location: Sacramento (Downtown), California


This position is under the direction of the Executive Director and provides project management, legislative, and committee support to the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association (CAPCOA), representing the 35 local air quality management districts and air pollution control districts in California.  The Air Quality Specialist (AQS) will primarily be responsible for administering the state prescribed fire grant programs to help mitigate wildfire impacts, in addition to administering other grant programs being implemented by the Association.  The AQS will represent CAPCOA at stakeholder meetings and assist with public outreach on behalf of the Association.  The position will require in-state travel when conditions permit.

Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CAPCOA staff is working remotely for the foreseeable future.  However, when conditions permit safe return to the office, staff is expected to report to the Downtown Sacramento office as their usual workplace.

Specific Tasks:

  • Work with member air districts to implement the prescribed fire program authorized under SB 1260.  Calculate program cost effectiveness for all grants assigned, identify possible projects, and submit reports on status of grant programs to the CAPCOA Executive Director, Board, member districts and the California Air Resources Board.
  • Provides training and support in air district implementation of prescribed fire programs.  Assist with development and administration of other programs on behalf of local air districts.
  • Schedule committee meetings, develop and distribute material to committees, prepare minutes, and coordinate with committee chairs.
  • Track legislation, schedule legislative committee conference calls, develop support or opposition letters, prepare legislative summary for annual report, and attend key hearings at the Legislature with the Executive Director.
  • Coordinate information sharing between air districts on regulatory activities, local programs, best practices, and environmental justice issues.
  • Respond to inquiries from air district members, government agencies, and the public.
  • Assists with and performs other tasks, as directed by the Executive Director.

Skills and Abilities: The ideal applicant should have experience in managing multiple projects, tracking legislation, coordinating activities with a variety of organizations and districts, and presenting reports.  The applicant must actively communicate status of programs and projects to the Executive Director and Board members.



  • Bachelor’s degree in a physical science, environmental science, social science, engineering, planning, or other related subjects
  • Basic knowledge of air quality programs including the role of air districts, CARB and U.S. EPA in air quality management at the local, state, and federal levels
  • Experience with providing support to constituents, members, or other entities
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills


  • Excellent interpersonal skills and previous experience with interacting with the highest levels of management
  • Works well in a team environment and actively takes steps to meet goals or complete products
  • Experience managing projects
  • Experience with tracking legislation
  • Experience working with governmental entities and an understanding of statutory requirements that guide their work

Special Requirements: Will be required to occasionally operate a motor vehicle on Association business, therefore must possess a valid Class C California driver’s license and meet motor vehicle insurability standards.

Benefits: Cafeteria Medical/Dental/Vision; 401(k) with match; Vacation, Holiday and Sick Leave.

To apply for this position, please submit the following documents to

Sadie Gibbs at by 5:00PM May 3,2021.

  • Application form
  • Resume
  • Cover letter