Air Pollution Control Civil Actions Investigator-24370103

US Government, Air Pollution Control District

Excellent Career Opportunity
San Diego County Air Pollution Control District (SDAPCD)


Interviews will take place the week of May 20, 2024. Job offers for selected candidates will be made the week of May 27, 2024.
Future Salary Increase

 ** July 2024 – 2.75% increase to base pay (Across-the-Board Increase) 

The San Diego County Air Pollution Control District (SDAPCD) strives to protect the public from harmful effects of air pollution, achieve and maintain air quality standards, foster community involvement, and develop and implement cost-effective programs. For additional information on the Air Pollution Control District, please click here.  

The SDAPCD is currently accepting applications for Air Pollution Control Civil Actions Investigator, to fill an immediate vacancy in the SDAPCD’s Compliance Division, and to establish an eligible list for a period of six (6) months. The selected candidate for this position will be assigned to the Kearny Mesa/Scripps Ranch area of San Diego (10124 Old Grove Road, San Diego, 92131).
Air Pollution Control Civil Actions Investigators are responsible for settling violations of SDAPCD rules, and other State and Federal air quality regulations. Air Pollution Control Civil Action Investigators are also responsible for presenting during sessions of the SDAPCD Hearing Board and Small Claims Court.  
The current vacancies for Air Pollution Control Civil Actions Investigators may be assigned to work a hybrid schedule.


  • Job Offer and Background Process begins in May 2024. Note: Current County employees may be excluded from additional background screening. 
  • Pre-employment Medical Screening: Approximately 3 days following successful background investigation results. 
  • Anticipated Start Date: Start date will be based upon successful completion of medical screening or other mutually agreed upon date.

If you are not selected for this interview process, you may have the opportunity to compete for future vacancies.  


  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, or a certified foreign equivalency in chemistry, physics, engineering, environmental health, environmental science, biology, or closely related scientific field; AND; two (2) years of professional journey level regulatory experience in an air pollution, air quality, or closely related entity; OR,
  2. A masters degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, or a certified foreign equivalency in the fields listed in #1 above; AND; one (1) year of professional journey level regulatory experience in an air pollution, air quality, or closely related entity.

Note: Additional years of experience as described above may substitute for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Please click here for a complete description of the physical characteristics required to successfully perform the essential functions of this classification.

Applicants must submit or attach copies of their complete official or unofficial transcripts, diplomas, and/or proof of completion letters, or other documentation originated by a United States accredited college or university; or a certified foreign studies equivalency for colleges or universities outside of the United States. Any one or more of these documents must be submitted or attached to the online application in a timely manner, preferably at the time of application submittal.

The Department of Human Resources removes personally identifiable information from all recruitments. This practice, called Blind Applicant Screening, hides a candidate’s personal information that could influence or bias a hiring decision. Personal information includes name, phone number, address, gender, age and race. This process helps contribute to a fair and equitable selection process leading to a more diverse and inclusive workforce.
The most highly qualified candidates, based on the evaluation results, will be referred for an interview. Be sure to include your experience in meeting the minimum requirements in both the Work Experience section and the Supplemental Questionnaire section of the Application.
Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the application Work History and/or supplemental questionnaire.   


As part of the County of San Diego’s pre-employment process, prospective candidates will undergo a background check (including fingerprinting) and a pre-employment medical screening prior to beginning County employment. Additional types of background investigations may be conducted based on the job-related activities of the position. Current County employees may be excluded from this process.    


The names of qualified applicants will be placed on a six (6) month eligible list based on scores received during the evaluation of information contained in their employment and supplemental application.

Please ensure all information is complete and accurate as the responses you provide on the supplemental application form will be reviewed using an automated evaluation system.  If you are successful in the initial screening process, your application will be reviewed individually to confirm that the information you provided is accurate and qualifying.


Note: Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable a qualified individual with a disability to perform the essential functions of a job, on a case-by-case basis. 

As an employer of over 19,000 employees, the County of San Diego is an organization committed to veteran hiring, retention, and professional development. We recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by our veterans and value the unique expertise and leadership qualities they bring to our workforce. We strive to provide veterans with the resources and tools necessary to maximize their employment opportunities, and to assist veterans with their transition into civilian life by applying the valuable skills, knowledge and training acquired in service to positions and career paths at all levels within our large organization. Click on the resource links below to learn more about how the County of San Diego supports its veterans.
Veteran’s Preference Policy The County of San Diego offers preferential credits for military service to assist qualified applicants in transitioning from military to civilian careers with the County of San Diego.
Military Skills Translator Do you need assistance translating your military experience into civilian experience? This tool can help!

The County of San Diego and its employees embrace the vision of: a just, sustainable, and resilient future for all. Our values include: integrity, equity, access, belonging, excellence, and sustainability. Each of which are infused throughout our operations. While also embracing a mission of strengthening our communities with innovative, inclusive, and data driven services through a skilled and supported workforce. Click here for more information on our Strategic Plan ( (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader) as well as our commitment to serve everyone, to build a Framework for the Future that will create a County that works for all. 

Under California Government Code Sections 3100 – 3109, public employees are designated as disaster service workers.  The term “public employees” includes all persons employed by the state or any county, city, state agency, or public district.  Disaster service workers are required to participate in such disaster service activities as may be assigned to them by their employer or by law.    

The County of San Diego is committed to valuing diversity and practicing inclusion because our diverse workforce is our greatest asset and our customers are our number one priority.    
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