Department of Justice


$10,778.00 - $13,847.00

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

The California Department of Justice is responsible for protecting and serving the people and interests of California. Among other things, we represent the People of California in civil and criminal matters before trial courts, intermediate appellate courts, and supreme courts of California and the United States, and serve as legal counsel to state officers, and most state agencies, boards, and commissions. Highlighting the importance of these functions are recent changes at the federal level, which have adversely impacted California.

The Environment Section handles a broad range of significant environmental matters on behalf of the Attorney General and the State of California. Assignments may include: conducting environmental litigation through all phases of state and federal courts; representation of the Attorney General in his independent capacity, pursuant to his statutory and common law authority to protect the environment; representation of state agencies, including, but not limited to, the Department of Toxic Substances Control and the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment; initiating environmental investigations; prosecution of environmental crimes on behalf of the People; close coordination with District Attorneys Offices, including joint prosecutions of both civil and criminal environmental cases; and the rendition of legal advice on an ongoing basis to client agencies and to the Attorney General. Section members enforce a broad variety of state and federal environmental laws, such as the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (Superfund), the Hazardous Waste Control Law, Proposition 65 (the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act), the National Environmental Policy Act, the California Environmental Quality Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Unfair Competition Law.  This position is focused on environmental justice in the application and enforcement of these and other state and federal environmental laws.

The Supervising Deputy Attorney General handles general administrative and managerial matters; ensures maintenance of case information in the Department’s case management system, including correspondence, reports, pleadings, decisions, and significant emails; ensures that case milestones are up-to-date; interviews and selects, or actively participates in the interview and selection process for, deputy attorneys general and paralegals; ensures that management directives are followed by their assigned legal team; and supervises and personally performs the most difficult and complex legal work related to trials, writs, appeals, and administrative hearings, which requires the highest level of independent judgment. The SDAG may also coordinate and facilitate communications with other state Attorney General’s Offices and other federal and state government agencies working on similar issues.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Control Details
Job Code #: JC-83621
Position #(s):
$10,778.00 - $13,847.00
# of Positions: 1
Work Location: Sacramento County
Job Type: 12 Month Limited Term - Full Time
Work Shift: Day Shift (8 am - 5 pm)
Work Week: Monday - Friday

Department Information

  • The final filing date for this posting has been tentatively set for October 31, 2017. However, this posting is “until filled”; the advertisement may be extended or closed at any point after the initial final filing date.

  • This position may be filled in Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, or San Diego, and travel is required.

  • This position is based within the Environment Section of the Public Rights Division, and is focused on supervising and coordinating environmental justice investigations and litigation.

  • This is a 12-month limited term position, but it may be extended to a maximum of 24 months and/or may become a permanent position based upon operational needs.

  • This position may be filled via an out-of-class assignment, which may become permanent.

  • Please disregard the Training and Development Assignment language below, as the Department of Justice will not be considering this type of appointment for these positions.

  • Please disregard the SROA/Surplus language below, as the Department of Justice requires applicants to submit their SROA/Surplus Letter if that is the basis of their eligibility.

  • For more information about the Department, please visit the Attorney General’s website at

Special Requirements

  • A fingerprint check will be required.
  • Clearly indicate the Job Control (JC-83621) and the title of this position in the "Examination or Job Title(s) For Which You Are Applying" section located on the first page of your State Application.
  • The incumbent may be required to travel to remote locations within the State, sometimes with little notice.

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: Until Filled

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: Sam Brinkley (JC-83621)
Office of the Human Resources
1300 I Street, 7th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Sam Brinkley (JC-83621)
Office of the Human Resources
1300 I Street, 7th 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.
    • A resume is required.
    • A writing sample consisting of a dispositive motion, pretrial motion, or appellate brief, preferably written in the prior six months, is required.
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:

Complex civil litigation experience; an understanding of, and experience working on, environmental justice issues and with environmental justice communities, advocates, other stakeholders and tribal governments; the ability to work under tight deadlines and pressure; a demonstrated ability to and experience in developing litigation plans and managing caseloads are desirable. Strong candidates will possess excellent research, analytical, and writing skills, as well as skill in oral advocacy and negotiations. Strong candidates will be well-organized and detail oriented, have a positive attitude, be a team player, have demonstrated leadership skills, have an excellent work ethic, and will be highly motivated to work in the area of environmental law on behalf of the Attorney General and the State. Environmental law background is desirable.

Contact Information

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

Hiring Unit Contact:
Samual Brinkley
(916) 210-7218 ext: Use email

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