Senior Air Quality Scientist

FirstCarbon Solutions (FCS), an ADEC Innovation, is focused on improving the world we live in by advancing sustainable practices globally. It's our goal to improve the lives of all the people we work with, whether they are clients, partners or colleagues.

FCS is looking for a Senior Air Quality Scientist that can manage and prepare technically sound and legally defensible air quality and greenhouse gas impact analyses, including stand-alone technical reports, ISMND and EIR sections for CEQA, EA/EIS sections for NEPA, or Caltrans/FHWA technical studies. The successful candidate will be well-versed in current trends, analysis methods, and regulatory changes as they pertain to air quality and greenhouse gas analyses. The candidate will be responsible for proactive business development and marketing activities, establishing and developing relationships with clients that result in increased sales. The candidate will possess the technical experience and understanding to provide hands-on training to air quality staff for their professional growth. The ideal candidate would possess the ability to apply their in-depth technical experience and understanding in a variety of areas, maintain excellent communication with FCS staff from directors to analysts, and possess a passion for this subject matter while contributing to a positive and dynamic workplace.

Duties and Responsibilities:

      Project Management Duties

  • Manage and conduct air quality and greenhouse gas (GHG) impact analyses for all types of CEQA documents and oversee preparation of such documents by FCS current air quality staff
  • Provide senior level peer review of air quality sections or reports and technical appendices for content, conciseness, completeness, and accuracy
  • Produce technically sound and legally defensible air quality and GHG studies and analyses
  • Plan, organize, schedule, assign, coordinate and direct the activities and work load of FCS air quality staff by maintaining effective communication with various CEQA project managers and clients
  • Enhance staff members’ capabilities through hands-on and direct training – ability to explain and
    teach technical emissions and CEQA concepts
  • Review research and written materials submitted from staff and suggest improvements
  • Keep abreast and inform staff members of the latest developments and updates in regulatory guidance in conducting air quality assessments
  • Participate in public and private sector project meetings where requested by Project Manager, including making presentations to the public during scoping, community meetings and public hearings
  • Promote teamwork through interpersonal skills

    Business Development Duties

  • Establish relationships with new and existing clients to be able to establish trust in our ability to deliver top quality services and value to the client.
  • Manage the relationship by sustaining continued communication with different clients in order to stay “top of mind” for new opportunities
  • Develop an understanding of the value that we can bring to our clients so that value is communicated in the material provided to support proposal efforts

      Marketing Duties

  • Coordinate and prepare air quality and greenhouse gas scope and budgets in response to requests for proposals or statements of qualifications
  • Develop project opportunities through proactive marketing
  • Represent FCS at relevant meetings and conferences on air quality issues
  • Assist marketing efforts by providing complete descriptions of current projects and updates on resume as required


Thorough understanding of the principles and practices of the air quality and greenhouse gas impact analysis for CEQA, including:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of US EPA, California Air Resources Board, and local Air Quality Management District or Air Pollution Control District regulatory programs (e.g., CEQA Guidelines, thresholds of significance, health risk impacts) and their application in CEQA/NEPA analyses
  • Demonstrated proficiency, knowledge, and application of air quality and GHG models (e.g., CalEEMod, EMFAC, AERMOD, OFFROAD) along with their prescribed methodologies and guidelines as recommended by local, state, and federal regulatory agencies
  • Demonstrated knowledge of CEQA assessment requirements (thresholds and analysis methods for regional air pollutants, localized impacts, health risk impacts, cumulative impacts, and odors) from various Air Districts
  • Demonstrated knowledge of meteorology, chemistry, and factors affecting air pollution distribution and effects
  • Ability to effectively communicate with clients, building trust through consistent delivery of high quality work on time
  • Understanding client needs, providing solutions to clients based upon an assessment of client needs
  • Demonstrated proficiency in MS Office software applications, especially Word and Excel
  • Demonstrated proficiency in quantifying short-term construction and long-term operational air quality and GHG emissions for a variety of project types and scenarios using legally-defensible models, methods, and assumptions
  • Demonstrated proposal preparation experience for air quality and GHG analyses including scoping, schedule, and budget
  • Effective and quality communication skills through written and oral methods

Recommended Skills:

  • Experience performing general conformity issue analysis for federal projects
  • Experience performing health risk assessment impact analysis and air dispersion modeling

Work Environment:

The position operates in both office and field locations. This role routinely uses standard office equipment. This position requires some travel; attend internal and external meetings, briefings and hearings, as well as giving presentations.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate with staff and clients through email, phone and face-to- face. The employee may spend extended periods of time sitting in front of a computer and must have finger dexterity. This position would be required to maneuver through field site locations and travel to meetings and briefings. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus.

Education and Experience:

A combination of education and experience which provide the required knowledge and skills to effectively fill the position. Typical qualifications include, or are equivalent to:

  • BS/MS degree in Meteorology, Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Science (Chemistry, Physics, or Mathematics), Geography or a related field as demonstrated by actual course work
  • Minimum 6 years of professional experience performing air quality and greenhouse gas impact analysis for CEQA compliance

FCS offers competitive salaries and benefits with opportunities for personal and professional development. If you want to work in a collaborative, creative work environment where you can provide meaningful contributions while being challenged to grow on the job, then you are encouraged to apply!