City of Boston

Air Quality Program Assistant

Posted Date 2 months ago(9/26/2022 9:58 AM)
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Environment Department
Regular Full-Time
Environment Department
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Brief Job Description (essential functions of the job):


In January 2017, Mayor Martin J. Walsh committed to making the City of Boston carbon neutral by 2050. Transportation is the community’s second largest source of emissions, largely due to the use of gas-powered vehicles and commuters driving to Boston for work. 


The parking freezes, administered by the Air Pollution Control Commission (APCC), were created under state and federal law to cap the amount of off-street commercial parking available in Boston’s core, and support the City’s transportation, carbon neutrality and clean air goals. On September 19, 2020, the APCC amended the freeze regulations to strengthen program administration.


The Air Quality Program Assistant will work with the APCC and other City agencies, residents, businesses, and institutions to support and administer programs leading to short-term and long-term air quality improvements, in support of the Mayor’s goals of carbon neutrality and a healthy environment. Candidates should have a passion for clean air and low-carbon mobility, an affinity with maps and spreadsheets, an appetite for field work, and bring energy and creativity to pollution reduction across Boston’s communities.


  • Becomes thoroughly familiar with the City of Boston’s climate and sustainability goals and the City’s administrative structure, programs, and staff responsibilities for climate action and air pollution control.
  • Provides staff support for the APCC and the parking freeze, including support for program administration, communication with permit holders, invoicing, compliance, archive management, and regulatory
  • hearings.
  • Supports programs and projects to address current and historical disparities in air quality and achieve air quality improvements.
  • Collaborates with local and regional clean air and transportation agencies and operators as needed.
  • Supports community outreach around air quality and pollution reduction.
  • Provide assistance to the Environmental Compliance Officer in responding to constituent inquiries and complaints.
  • Conducts site visits and inspections to assess compliance with local, state and federal laws, permit conditions and identify possible violations.
  • Performs related work as required. 

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • Must have at least a minimum of three (3) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience in environmental science or policy, atmospheric science, transportation policy or planning, urban planning, or a related field. A bachelor’s degree in a related field is preferred, and may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience. 
  • Strong organizational skills with attention to detail, ability to handle multiple and diverse tasks, execute clerical assignments and independent field work, and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Strong verbal, written and presentation skills for communicating with a diverse audience, with the ability to clearly communicate planning and regulatory concepts.
  • Fluency in English and at least one of Boston’s major spoken languages (e.g., Spanish or Cantonese) strongly preferred. 
  • Proficient computer skills with prior experience using MS Suite, Adobe, and ArcGIS strongly preferred. 
  • Ability to work offsite and after hours, occasionally on weekends, as needed and with advance notice. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively as part of a team. 
  • Candidates with a strong knowledge of Boston neighborhoods will be preferred. 
  • Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Commitment to advancing social justice and equity in the City of Boston to improve the lives of all residents. 
  • Ability to exercise good judgement and focus on detail as required by the job. 

Boston Residency Required. 



Union/SalaryPlan/Grade: MO-6

Hours per week: 35


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