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Job Posting: Staff Counsel

State Coastal Conservancy

Staff Counsel

$6,979.00 - $10,572.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 1/28/2022

Job Description and Duties

The position is located in Oakland, CA.

**Once a significant candidate pool is received, an internal cutoff period will be established and interviews will be scheduled, and only the most qualified candidates will be invited to the interview**

Applications received without ALL the required items, will NOT receive further consideration for this position. (Cover letter, state application, resume and a writing sample you have authored)

Please read the "How to Apply" section on each item required when replying to this job posting, if interested. 

Conservancy attorneys assist with acquiring conservation lands, constructing large scale wetland restoration projects, providing underserved communities with access to the coast, and implementing urban greening, carbon farming, and many other climate adaptation projects, just to name a few examples. Conservancy attorneys handle a wide variety of legal issues, mostly in the areas of contracts, real property, land use and environmental permitting, and operation of state and local government.  The Conservancy’s legal team is small and coordinated; attorneys manage their own projects and consult with other attorneys as needed. The Attorney will work under the direction of the General Counsel and in coordination with four other Conservancy attorneys. The Attorney will provide oral and written legal advice to Conservancy staff; conduct research; identify legal strategies; negotiate and draft contracts, escrow instructions, and other documents; review and edit staff recommendations for consistency with Division 21 of the Public Resources Code, funding sources and CEQA; assess property acquisition documents, including title reports, environmental assessments, and purchase agreements; review CEQA documents; and track new legislation and case law. 

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

Working Conditions

  • Monday through Friday; prolonged periods of sitting (or standing, if preferred).
  • Work on a computer up to 8 hours a day.
  • Due to COVID-19, most staff are tele working 5 days per week; a computer for telework use can be provided if needed. The Conservancy is updating its telework policy to address the return to the office, which is anticipated to be in February 2022. The telework policy is not yet final, but the Conservancy expects that it will allow staff to telework up to 3 days per week.
  • Ability to lift up to 15 pounds with accommodation as needed.
  • Indoor work is common, although outdoor work may be necessary.
  • May require an employee to work in adversarial situations.
  • Multitask, meet deadlines, and adjust to changing priorities in a cooperative manner.
  • Travel by car or plane, with overnight stays necessary on occasion as necessary.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Staff Counsel
$6,979.00 - $7,259.00 A
$6,987.00 - $7,976.00 B
$7,323.00 - $9,209.00 C
$8,242.00 - $10,572.00 D
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Alameda County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The Coastal Conservancy is a state agency that undertakes and supports projects to protect, restore and enhance coastal resources, promote resilience to climate change impacts, and increase opportunities for the public to enjoy the coast. The Conservancy works along the entire length of California’s coast and within the watersheds of rivers and streams that extend inland from the coast. The Conservancy also works throughout the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area and the entire Santa Ana River watershed. The Conservancy awards and oversees grants to local governments, other state agencies, nonprofit organizations, and tribes, using various types of funding, including bond funds, federal funds, and mitigation fees. The Conservancy is a small agency of approximately 70 dedicated, experienced employees who work collaboratively and creatively to achieve the Conservancy’s mission.  The Conservancy office is located in Oakland, California, near 12th Street BART.

Department Website:

Special Requirements

  • The position(s) require(s) a(n) Member of the CA State Bar Association License. You will be required to provide a copy of your license prior to being hired.
You must be on the Attorney eligibility list in order to be considered.  To obtain list eligibility, you must take the Attorney or Attorney LEAP exams, which are online exam available 24/7 and can be accessed through these links: 


Attorney LEAP

The applicants that best match the predetermined criteria will be notified via email of the next step in the hiring process.  

This advertisement will be used for this and other permanent and/or limited term vacancies that may occur at the State Coastal Conservancy during the life of the certification list.

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: 1/28/2022

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

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 Coastal Conservancy
1515 Clay Street, 10th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

State Coastal Conservancy
1515 Clay Street, 10th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
08:00 AM - 05:00 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.
  • Other - Cover Letter -- Please provide a cover letter describing your interest in and fitness for the position. 
  • Other - Writing Sample -- Please submit a writing sample that you have authored that includes legal analysis. 
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:

We are looking for an attorney who is committed to providing practical, clear, concise oral and written legal advice based on thorough research and in a timely fashion. Important skills include research, writing, communication, and analytical skills; and the ability to juggle multiple assignments, work both independently and as part of a team, and interact professionally with Conservancy staff, other state and local agencies, nonprofit organizations, and the public. Some experience in the areas of land use, CEQA, contracts, or real property would be helpful.


There are many benefits to joining our team!  The State of California has a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision coverage, CalPERS pension upon retirement, 7 hours of vacation credit per month, 8 hours of sick leave credit per month, five paid Professional Development Days, one paid Personal Holiday, pre-tax parking fee program, monthly $100 transportation voucher, plus many more. 

California State Civil Service Employee Benefits Summary:

Contact Information

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

Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
Anulika White
(510) 286-0343

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:
Amy Hutzel
(510) 286-4180
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.

Additional Information

Click on the link to complete the State Coastal Conservancy Recruitment Survey:

Please do not include any confidential information such as social security number, marital status, ethnicity, age, or disability information on any of the documentation uploaded with your online application.

If the classification you are applying for has an education requirement, 
transcripts will be required to verify you meet the minimum qualifications of the classification. Please be sure to redact any confidential information before uploading your transcripts.

Preference will be given to persons with State Restriction of Appointments (SROA) or Surplus status. Applicants must attach a copy of their most recently dated letter that specifies their designation as either SROA or surplus candidate as proof.

Qualified candidates must  be in a reachable rank on an employment list for the Attorney (to take the online exam go to: regular attorney exam or LEAP attorney exam), have eligibility in State employment, be in this classification, or have transfer eligibility to this classification.  A Training and Development (T&D) assignments may be considered.

This advertisement will be used for this and other permanent and/or limited term vacancies that may occur at the State Coastal Conservancy during the life of the certification list.


**Once a significant candidate pool is received, an internal cutoff period will be established and interviews will be scheduled, and only the most qualified candidates will be invited to the interview**

If you do not hear from us in 4-6 weeks from the final file date, you may assume the position has been filled by another applicant. Please note that all additional vacancies that become available may be added to this advertisement.

Items to Accompany with Your State Application

  • Cover Letter -- Please provide a cover letter describing your interest in and fitness for the position
  • Please submit a writing sample that you have authored that includes legal analysis
  • Resume
  • State of California Application (std. 678)

Applications received without ALL the required items, will NOT receive further consideration for this position. (Cover letter, state application, resume and a writing sample you have authored)

The first step in the hiring process for this position will consists of an evaluation of the candidate's cover letter, state application, resume, and writing sample.  The screening process will use predetermined evaluation criteria derived from the knowledge, skills and abilities and desirable qualifications listed in the announcement.  Candidates should ensure they are thorough when describing their experience on their state application.  After the review, the most qualified candidates will be contacted for the next step in the hiring process.  

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