Department of Justice


$5,387.00 - $12,560.00

Final Filing Date: 5/29/2018

Job Description and Duties

The Natural Resources Law Section in San Diego is seeking attorneys with civil litigation experience and an interest in the practice of environmental law. The Natural Resources Law Section advises and represents state agencies, boards and commissions responsible for curbing pollution and protecting California’s water, air and wildlife resources. The section’s attorneys represent the Air Resources Board, the State Water Resources Control Board, the Regional Water Quality Control Boards, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Fish and Game Commission, the Department of Water Resources, CalFire, the Board of Forestry, the Department of Pesticide Regulation, CalRecycle, the Department of Food and Agriculture, the California Science Center, the California African American Museum, Cal Expo, the state’s District Agricultural Associations (fairs), and other state entities. The subject matter of the representation includes air pollution, water quality standards, water rights and water supply, CEQA, endangered species, fire suppression cost recovery, timber harvest plans, landfills, pollution cleanup and recovery, pesticide standards, agricultural matters, and business matters such as bankruptcy, collections, contracts, and white collar fraud.

Duties include, but are not limited to: representing clients as both plaintiff and defendant in all stages of litigation, including complex cases and enforcement matters, and going to trial in state and federal court; preparing and responding to discovery requests; taking and defending depositions; preparing and arguing motions in court; hiring and managing expert witnesses and other witnesses; trying administrative hearings and jury and bench trials; preparing appellate briefs and arguing in appellate courts, including the Supreme Courts; handling petitions for writs of mandate; working cooperatively and effectively in a team and with client agencies; performing a variety of legal and other research; drafting settlement agreements; conducting mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution; and working collaboratively with federal and local government attorneys and attorneys general in other states.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
$8,856.00 - $11,361.00
$9,782.00 - $12,560.00
$5,387.00 - $9,385.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
San Diego County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

• These positions are located in the Public Rights Division, Natural Resources Law Section, San Diego (JC-107845).
• Disregard the T&D Assignment language below, as the DOJ will not be considering this type of appointment for this position.
• Disregard the SROA/Surplus language below, as the DOJ requires applicants to submit their SROA/Surplus Letter if that is the basis of their eligibility.
• For more information about the DOJ, please visit the AG’s website at

Special Requirements

• A fingerprint check will be required.
• JC-107845 must be clearly stated in the “Examination or Job Title(s) For Which You Are Applying” section of your state application.
• If selected, candidates will be required to complete a written examination at the time of their interview.

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: 5/29/2018

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, eligible for a Training and Development assignment, have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility, or have list eligibility (or are in the process of obtaining list eligibility). SROA and Surplus candidates may attach “surplus letters” to their applications. Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected for an interview.

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Department of Justice
Attn: John Luna (JC-107845)
Office of the Attorney General/Public Rights Division
1300 I Street, 10th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

John Luna (JC-107845)
Office of the Attorney General/Public Rights Division
1300 I Street, 10th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Documents

Please submit the following items with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Other - A cover letter is required and must be submitted.
  • Other - A legal writing sample is required and must be submitted.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

Ideal candidates will have civil litigation experience and be able to work under tight deadlines and pressure. Candidates should have a demonstrated ability and experience in developing litigation plans, managing case loads, and managing expert and percipient witnesses. Desirable candidates will possess excellent research and writing skills, as well as skill in oral advocacy and negotiations. Candidates should be highly motivated to work on environmental matters. Candidates should be well-organized and detail oriented. We are seeking candidates who have a positive attitude, are team players, have an excellent work ethic, and are willing and able to take direction.

The ability to work well with a variety of personalities is crucial. NRLS deputies are expected to behave with the highest level of professionalism, including in high stress situations, and be able to foster and maintain good relations with clients. Experience in the management of discovery documents in an electronic database is preferable. A background in federal and state environmental and natural resources law is desirable.

Contact Information

The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Hiring Unit Contact:
Michael Cayaban, Supervising Deputy Attorney General
(619) 738-9313

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
EEO Officer
(916) 210-7580
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail