Photochemical Modeler III

Austin, TX

TCEQ - Photochemical Modeler III (00027733)

 

Organization: TEXAS COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

 

Primary Location: Texas-Austin

 

Work Locations: Headquarters (582-HQAUS) 12100 Park 35 Circle  Austin 78753

 

Job: Life, Physical, and Social Science

 

Employee Status: Regular

 

Schedule: Full-time

 

Standard Hours Per Week: 40.00

 

State Job Code: 2129MA  

Salary Admin Plan: B

 

Grade: 19  

Salary (Pay Basis): 4,117.00 - 4,117.00 (Monthly)

 

Number of Openings: 1

 

Overtime Status: Exempt

 

Job Posting: Jan 5, 2023, 9:47:59 AM

 

Closing Date: Jan 26, 2023, 11:59:00 PM

 

Description

 

(REOPEN) Applicants that have already applied do not need to apply again.

 

WE ARE TCEQ

Are you ready to make a positive impact in Texas? At TCEQ, protecting the environment is at the heart of everything we do. Choose a career where your perspective, passion, and skills are valued.

We strive to protect our state’s public health and natural resources consistent with sustainable economic development. Our goal is clean air, clean water, and the safe management of waste.

TCEQ employees get some great perks, including a hybrid work schedule, paid leave, health insurance, and state and federal holidays. See Benefits and Perks at TCEQ.

 

 

TELEWORK

This position offers an opportunity for a hybrid work schedule with a minimum 2-day work in office.

 

YOUR FUTURE TEAM

As part of TCEQ’s Office of Air, you would contribute to protecting and restoring Texas’ air quality. See details about what we do.

This position is a member of our Air Quality Division.

 

WHAT YOU WILL DO

As a part of the division’s Air Quality team, our Field Investigator will play a key role in achieving TCEQ’s mission. You would use your skills and experience to:

  • Perform complex scientific work that includes processing, evaluating, and ensuring the accuracy of data for input into photochemical air pollution computer simulation, as required by the Federal Clean Air Act (FCAA) amendments of 1990 for State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions and other air quality technical projects.
  • Develop, collect, analyze, and ensure the accuracy of raw emissions inventory or meteorological data necessary to conduct photochemical air pollution modeling required by FCAA amendments.
  • Execute emissions (e.g., EPS3, SMOKE, MOVES) preprocessors/models, meteorological preprocessors/models (e.g., WRF, AERMET), and/or the AERMOD air dispersion preprocessors/model as necessary for SIP revision development. Assist project manager(s) for complex scientific projects including internal projects, contracts, grants, and work orders to support SIPs, rule development, and air quality research.
  • Prepare report, plan, or other documentation for the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the public, and other stakeholders regarding results of photochemical air pollution modeling, scientific research projects, or other activities. Prepare SIP documentation and reports to include narrative of details of emissions or meteorological data preparation and analysis, and graphical representation of modeling data, following EPA guidance and other prescribed methods. Interacts with local, state and federal agencies, stakeholders, and the general public on matters related to air modeling and scientific activities.
  • Assist project manager(s) for complex scientific projects including internal projects, contracts, grants, and work orders to support SIPs, rule development, and air quality research. Serve as technical resource for complex scientific projects undertaken by the division to support SIP revisions.

NOTE: Selected candidates will receive training and mentorship.

 

Qualifications

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • A bachelor’s degree with a major in engineering, a basic or natural science, mathematics, or related field from an accredited college or university, plus two years of full-time experience performing modeling and/or assessment work or scientific work of a similar character, scope, and complexity in the areas listed in the examples of work performed.

 

  • Passing the Fundamentals of Engineering examination may be substituted for six months of the required experience.

 

  • Two years of full-time experience performing scientific work of a different character, reduced scope, or reduced complexity in areas other than specified above may be substituted for each year of the required experience.

 

  • A master's degree in with a major in engineering, a basic or natural science, mathematics, or related field from an accredited college or university may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

 

  • A doctorate degree with a major in engineering, a basic or natural science, mathematics, or related field from an accredited college or university may be substituted for two years of the required experience.

Career Ladder Progression

One year of full-time TCEQ experience as a Modeling and Assessment Specialist II.

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience programming (e.g., R, Python, FORTRAN, HTML, SAS) to process data.
  • Experience retrieving (querying), reviewing, and analyzing complex data sets.
  • Experience with or training in environmental or physical science activities such as modeling, emissions assessment, site assessments, permitting, monitoring, and/or meteorology.
  • Experience conducting research and/or technical analysis.
  • Experience in making technical presentations and developing technical documentation.

 

TRANSCRIPTS / COLLEGE HOURS OR COURSE WORK

See instructions on how to attach documents. A copy of your official college transcript or evaluation of foreign credentials in CAPPS is required if needed to meet the minimum qualification requirements outlined above.

 

CURRENT TCEQ EMPLOYEES 

This position is also available as a lateral transfer opportunity (LTO) to TCEQ employees within the Engineering Specialist III - V state classification. The selected candidate must meet the minimum qualifications of the corresponding job in the Modeling & Assessment III - V series.

 

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT

TCEQ will conduct a criminal history records search, driving history (if required for the job) on candidates offered employment.

In compliance with ADA, if you need any special accommodations during the employment process, please contact HRSS for assistance at (512) 239-0102.

 

MILITARY OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTY (MOS) CODES:

Veterans, Reservists or Guardsmen with experience in the Military Occupational Specialty found here, along with the minimum qualifications listed above are highly encouraged to apply. Please contact us at jobs@tceq.texas.gov with questions or for additional information.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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