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Dairy and Livestock Methane Policy Analyst

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Are you passionate about finding solutions to rapidly slow the pace of global temperature rise? Do you enjoy working collaboratively and applying analytical skills to solve challenging problems? Join our team that works to develop policies to reduce methane emissions from agriculture and organic waste!

California Air Resources Board's (CARB’s) Short-Lived Climate Pollutant (SLCP) Policy Section is seeking a highly motivated Methane Policy Analyst (Air Pollution Specialist classification) to analyze new research and technologies, promote strategies, track progress, and apply creativity and scientific logic to help achieve California's ambitious climate goals and address environmental injustices.

The SLCP Policy section is primarily responsible for development and implementation of policies designed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from California’s waste sector and natural and working lands. This section works within the Project Assessment Branch and provides technical and policy support for implementation of the Climate Change Scoping Plan and programs that reduce methane emissions, tracks the State’s progress toward achieving methane emissions reduction targets, oversees the Landfill Methane Regulation, coordinates with Cal Recycle on efforts to increase recycling of organics waste, supports development of the GHG Inventory, evaluates benefits and impacts of methane reduction programs, and coordinates within CARB and across agencies on SLCP emissions reductions strategies.

As a Methane Policy Analyst, you will develop recommendations and policy proposals with immediate and long-term impacts. The successful candidate for this position will track and report on progress in reducing emissions from the dairy and livestock sector, which is the largest source of methane emissions in California. Responsibilities will include summarizing technical studies to inform policy decisions, and collecting, managing, and analyzing data from the sector. The position requires evaluating existing and emerging solutions to reduce methane emissions from manure management and enteric fermentation, such as anaerobic digestion, feed and manure additives, solid separation, composting, and other organic waste management alternatives. The Air Pollution Specialist (APS) work may require communication of complex topics that may involve conflict and coordination among stakeholders with differing perspectives. Under direction of the Air Resources Supervisor I (SLCP Policy section manager) and in collaboration with the section, the successful candidate will coordinate internally and externally and work to build constructive relationships with the California Department of Food and Agriculture, academic experts, non-governmental advocates, and other stakeholders, and will serve as a resource and point of contact on CARB’s emissions reductions efforts in the dairy and livestock sector.

*NOTE* This is an open advertisement and anyone can apply. The State of California requires applicants to take the Air Pollution Specialist "exam" to get on the eligibility list for this position (available at: The "exam" is designed to assess an individual's background, training, and experience related to the needs of the position through an online self-assessment of your knowledge and experience.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.


Working Conditions


This position may be eligible for hybrid in-office work and in-state telework. The amount of telework is at the agency's discretion and is based on the California Air Resource Boards' (CARB) current telework policy. While the CARB may support telework, some in-person attendance is also required. 

The positions at the CARB may be eligible for telework with in-person attendance based on the operational needs of the position under Government Code 14200 for eligible applicants residing in California, subject to the candidate meeting telework eligibility criteria outlined in the CalEPA telework policy and/or future program need. Employees not residing in California are not eligible for telework. Regardless of hybrid telework eligibility, all employees may be required to report to the position’s designated headquarters location at their own expense, as indicated on their duty statement.

  • Position located in a high-rise building.
  • Requires being stationary, consistent with office work, for extended periods.
  • Standard office environment (artificial lighting, controlled temperature, etc.)  
  • Daily use of a personal computer, office equipment, and/or telephone.