Air Quality and Climate Change Specialist

at ICF in Springfield, Illinois, United States

Job Description

Senior Air Quality and Climate Change Specialist


We are the Environment & Planning Division. We are passionate about doing what’s right for our clients, our people, the communities where we live and work, and the environment. We are planners, scientists, program managers, communicators, economists, technologists, and strategists. We are collaborative, curious, and committed to excellence-these are qualities we value that make us who we are and inspire us to grow. If you perform well in a fast-paced, engaging and collaborative environment, and would like to work with a diverse team of industry professionals, we encourage you to learn more about ICF ( and consider applying to join our team.

Job Description

As a senior-level Air Quality and Climate Change Specialist, you will be leading air quality and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory development, health risk assessments, photochemical and dispersion modeling, and environmental impact analysis for land use development, infrastructure, and roadway projects. You will help direct and review work of ICF air quality specialists, providing guidance, peer review support, and quality assurance. This position may also include staff and project management opportunities.

Key Responsibilities

+ Lead the air quality and GHG analysis for complex and controversial land use development, infrastructure, and roadway projects and plans subject to CEQA and NEPA.

+ Provide mentorship to junior level staff, including guidance in best analytical and writing practices, as well as directly reviewing calculations, modeling, and reports.

+ Solve quantitative and qualitative problems and develop innovative measures to avoid project-level impacts to air quality or climate change.

+ Coordinate directly with clients and their legal counsel, air quality management districts, and agencies to secure data, communicate results, and discuss mitigation.

+ Research and interpret air quality and climate change legislation, rules, and legal decisions; where necessary, develop internal and external guidance.

+ Draft compelling CEQA proposals and represent the air quality and GHG resource discipline in project interviews.

+ Support our growing practice by leading business development and managing new projects.

+ If desired, this position may include formal supervision of staff.


+ Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental or other Earth Sciences, Economics, Engineering, Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Atmospheric Science/Meteorology, Chemistry, Physics, or related subjects with a minimum GPA of 3.0

+ 10+ years of experience leading air quality and GHG impact analyses pursuant to CEQA/NEPA.

Additional Skills

+ Fundamental understanding of state and federal air quality and climate change environmental policy and regulation (CEQA, NEPA, SB 32, Clean Air Act, general and transportation conformity).

+ Forward thinking and able to provide creative approaches for advancing air quality and GHG emissions planning and reduction.

+ Demonstrated experience with emissions (e.g., EMFAC, CT-EMFAC, CalEEMod, OFFROAD, MOVES) and dispersion (e.g., AERMOD) models.

+ Forward thinking and able to provide creative approaches for advancing air quality and GHG emissions planning and reduction.

+ Ability to independently manage air quality and GHG technical analyses.

+ Ability to direct and review the work of others, providing guidance and mentorship.

+ Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making capabilities.

+ Excellent quantitative, modeling skills, and written and oral communication skills.

+ Ability to prioritize and multi-task, and the ability to work under strict deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

+ Ability to work with all levels of internal staff, as well as outside clients and vendors.

+ Sound business ethics, including the protection of proprietary and confidential information

This is an outstanding opportunity to work with talented and passionate individuals and to grow with a firm that believes in nurturing talent and developing long-term career success. ICF is a purpose driven company with a strong culture and underlying values that prize diversity, opportunity, equality, and respect. Our core values include Embracing Differences, and we seek candidates who are passionate about building a culture that encourages, embraces and hires dimensions of differences.


Working at ICF

ICF is a global advisory and technology services provider, but we’re not your typical consultants. We combine unmatched expertise with cutting-edge technology to help clients solve their most complex challenges, navigate change, and shape the future.

We can only solve the world’s toughest challenges by building an inclusive workplace that allows everyone to thrive. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to hiring regardless of any protected characteristic, such as race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability status, or military/veteran status. Together, our employees are empowered to share their expertise and collaborate with others to achieve personal and professional goals. For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy ( . Reasonable Accommodations are available, including, but not limited to, for disabled veterans, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination: Know Your Rights (\KnowYourRights\screen\reader\_10\20.pdf) and Pay Transparency Statement . (\%20English\formattedESQA508c.pdf)

Pay Range – There are multiple factors that are considered in determining final pay for a position, including, but not limited to, relevant work experience, skills, certifications and competencies that align to the specified role, geographic location, education and certifications as well as contract provisions regarding labor categories that are specific to the position. The pay range for this position is :

$125,443.00 – $213,252.00

California Remote Office (CA99)

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About ICF

ICF is a global consulting and technology services company with approximately 9,000 employees, but we are not your typical consultants. At ICF, business analysts and policy specialists work together with digital strategists, data scientists and creatives. We combine unmatched industry expertise with cutting-edge engagement capabilities to help organizations solve their most complex challenges. Since 1969, public and private sector clients have worked with ICF to navigate change and shape the future. Learn more at ( .
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Job Posting: JC240758694

Posted On: May 24, 2023

Updated On: Aug 23, 2023

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