Job Posting: Graduate Student Assistant (Summer Term 2019 Law Clerk)

State Air Resources Board

Graduate Student Assistant (Summer Term 2019 Law Clerk)

$2,243.00 - $3,499.00

Final Filing Date: 12/30/2018

Job Description and Duties

This position can work up to 1500 hours per calendar year.

The Graduate Student Assistant(s) work as summer term law clerks to support the mission of the Legal Office. They conduct research and produce legal documents as directed by Legal Office Attorneys, under the ultimate supervision of an Assistant Chief Counsel. Their research is designed to provide the Graduate Student Assistants a meaningful educational experience that supplements their graduate work and trains them for further positions, while providing the Legal Office useful research and legal products that can be used within the Office's programs.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions

The location of this position is on the 23rd floor; therefore, the incumbent must be able to work in a high-rise building.  The location of this position is in downtown Sacramento.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Graduate Student Assistant (Summer Term 2019 Law Clerk)
$2,243.00 - $3,499.00

Hourly Salary: $13.46-$20.99

This salary does not reflect the 4% General Salary Increase effective July 2018.
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Student Assistant

Department Information

Executive Office

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) offices are located in the beautiful CalEPA building in downtown Sacramento.  We are located close to light rail and offer an on-site exercise room, childcare center, a cafeteria, and Golden1 ATM access.  If you are looking for a fast-paced, stimulating atmosphere with plenty of team spirit, then this is the place to be.  Come join our team in efforts to improve the quality of California's air and reduce the effects of climate change at one of the world's most respected environmental agencies.

The Legal Office of CARB plans, organizes, and directs the activities of staff to further the Board's mission to protect and preserve California’s air quality while considering the effects on the State's economy. The Legal Office is part of the Executive Office. Its mission is to provide the highest quality legal advice and representation to the Board and staff to support programmatic efforts to improve air quality to protect public health and the environment and to ensure that all legal obligations of CARB are met in carrying out these efforts. The Legal Office provides legal support on a variety of complex topics related to the control of air pollution (criteria pollutants, toxic air contaminants, and greenhouse gases), including, but not limited to: adoption, interpretation, implementation, and enforcement of State and federal environmental laws and regulations, litigation in conjunction with the Attorney General's Office, personnel matters, contracts, conflicts of interest, hearing procedures, and proposed legislation. The Legal Office maintains the primary responsibility for assisting CARB staff in the development of regulations and the documentation necessary to support their adoption. The Legal Office also provides legal assistance to California's 35 Air Pollution Control and Air Quality Management Districts.

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Special Requirements

If required to meet the Minimum Qualifications, you must include a copy of your degree and/or unofficial transcripts in order to be considered for this position.

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: 12/30/2018

Who May Apply

This is a non-testing classification, therefore anyone meeting the minimum qualifications listed on the classification specification may apply for this position. Individuals who are, or have been, a dependent child in foster care, a homeless youth, or a formerly incarcerated youth as defined by Government Code section 18220 are encouraged to apply and will be given priority. If you are applying under this eligibility status, please note on your application your eligibility by stating “preference under Government Code section 18220”. Please note that prior to appointment, individuals claiming preference under one of these categories will be required to furnish documentation establishing their eligibility.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.

Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

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:

State Air Resources Board
Attn: Gena Harmonson
1001 I Street, 20th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Gena Harmonson
1001 I Street, 20th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
08:00 AM - 03:30 PM

Required Application Package Documents

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

  • Current version of the 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.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • School Transcripts
  • Other -

    Cover letter specifically describing how your education and experience make you qualified for the duties described in the duty statement.

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:

Candidates should have experience in dealing with members of the public, technical staff and other public agencies, and should be familiar with the functioning of administrative agencies in State government.  The incumbent must be able to demonstrate strong communication and organizational skills and have excellent computer skills.  The candidate must have the ability to work with good judgment; work effectively and cooperatively within a diverse working environment.  

Among other qualities, the most highly desirable candidates will possess:

• Strong analytical, critical thinking, research, completed staff work, writing, and editing skills.

• A demonstrated ability to work in handling multiple projects with tight deadlines and respond appropriately to technical problems and/or concerns.

• Creative, self-starter, strong attention to detail, with the ability to tackle challenges effectively.

• Flexibility and willingness to learn in a fast-pace work environment and be able to accommodate last-minute changes.

• Proficient in Microsoft Word and Outlook applications, working knowledge of Excel and SharePoint.

Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
Gena Harmonson
(916) 324-3294

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:
Beverly Bueno
(916) 323-7053
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.


The language under the “who may apply” section of this bulletin is standard template language that cannot be altered.  However, for this vacancy, CARB will not consider Training and Development assignments.


If you are new to State service, you can follow the link below to view the necessary steps to apply and be eligible for a State position:

For reference, Minimum Qualifications for the Graduate Student Assistant classification can be found at the following link:

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