Utah Department of Environmental Quality Air Quality Modeler Position

January 31, 2021 • Jobs • Views: 1055

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality is seeking an Air Quality Modeler to work in the Division of Air Quality. This position may be filled at any of the advertised levels listed below. Salary depends on the job level offered within the series.

Open date: January 25, 2021

Close date: February 8, 2021

Job Title:  Air Quality Modeler

Recruitment # 25787

Principle Duties

As an Air Quality Modeler you will typically:

  • Use the SMOKE (Sparse Matrix Operator Kernel Emissions) modeling system to produce gridded input for air quality models (e.g. CAMx, CMAQ).
  • Process/format emissions inventory data for use in SMOKE.
  • Collaborate with air quality modelers, regulatory planners, and inventory specialists.
  • Run computer models to generate non-anthropogenic (e.g. biogenic) emissions data.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal person for this position will possess:

  • Experience using SMOKE to produce gridded air quality model input.
  • Linux/UNIX command-line proficiency.
  • C Shell scripting proficiency.
  • Working knowledge of programming languages, particularly Python or R.
  • Experience with FORTRAN.
  • Familiarity with photochemical air quality models (e.g. CAMx, CMAQ, WRF-Chem).
  • Familiarity with atmospheric chemistry as it pertains to surface ozone and fine particulate matter (PM2.5) formation.
  • Proficiency with MS Excel and Word.
  • Comfortability generating summary tables and plots for reports and technical documents.
  • Comfortability presenting data and results to staff, management, and agency stakeholders.

The selected candidate for this position may be brought in as an Environmental Scientist II with a salary range of $25.16-$37.80 per hour, or an Environmental Scientist III with a salary range of $29.60-$44.49 per hour.


Preference may be given to those with a Bachelor of Science degree in atmospheric science, environmental engineering or meteorology. Candidates holding a Bachelor of Science degree in other fields such as physics, mathematics, computer science, and engineering may also be given preference.

Why You Should Join Our Team

As a benefited employee of the Department of Environmental Quality, you will receive great health and retirement benefits. Click here to view a summary of the benefits we offer. We also provide generous paid time off so you can spend more time with your family and have a positive work-life balance.

The Agency

For more information about the Department of Environmental Quality and the Division of Air Quality, click here.

Supplemental Information

  • Risks which require the use of special safety precautions and/or equipment, e.g., working around operating machines, working with contagious diseases or hazardous chemicals, etc.
  • Work requires physical exertion. May require the ability to stand; walk over rough surfaces; bend, crouch, stoop, stretch, reach, lift moderately heavy items (up to 50 lbs.) in a recurring manner and/or for long periods of time.

To be considered for this position, please apply online at governmentjobs.com/careers/utah and search for the job posting by either job title or agency. Please forward this email to anyone you feel might be a good fit.