CA Coastal Commission


$4,295.00 - $6,652.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 12/5/2022

Job Description and Duties

The California Coastal Commission (Commission) is seeking a talented addition to its Long Beach office in Southern California. The mission of the Commission is to provide for balanced use of the coastal zone and to protect, restore and enhance coastal and marine resources for the continuing benefit of current and future generations, including protection of public access under the Coastal Act. The Commission’s Enforcement Program employs coastal program analysts to enforce the permitting and resource protection policies of the Coastal Act. Enforcement staff investigates and resolves Coastal Act violation cases that can involve either development activities undertaken without first obtaining a Coastal permit or activities undertaken in violation of a permit granted by the Commission. The Coastal Commission’s district enforcement staff are the frontline of the enforcement program: investigating reported violations and working on resolving violations at the district level.  

DUTIES (include the following but are not limited to):

  • Intake of reported Coastal Act violations;
  • Investigation and analysis of complicated legal and factual matters; 
  • Case record-keeping and maintenance of program records;
  • Investigation and collection of evidence and analysis;
  • Field investigation work;
  • Drafting correspondence as necessary to investigate and resolve enforcement matters;
  • Review of permit files for compliance issues;
  • Coordination with local governments, state and federal agencies;
  • Litigation support for the Office of the Attorney General;
  • Dispute resolution and settlement negotiations; 
  • Some travel and fieldwork; and
  • Prepare and make presentations to the Commission.

Duties will be adjusted commensurate with the level at which the position is filled.

To find out more about the Enforcement Program and what the Commission enforcement division does, you can access the Enforcement Program’s webpage at  Employees work at the direction of the Chief of Enforcement and will report to the Southern California Enforcement Supervisor.

Employees are responsible for keeping their supervisor aware of the status on all assigned cases, coordinating with statewide enforcement staff, permit and other staff and working with supervisors as necessary and appropriate.  Employees are responsible for making everyday decisions relating to enforcement program functions as assigned. They work closely with the public, other state and local entities and a variety of other involved parties.  Enforcement staff represent the Enforcement Program upon request at Commission staff meetings, inter-agency meetings, and in front of the Commission.  

Working Conditions


Individuals on the Coastal Program Analyst I and/or Coastal Program Analyst II eligible list may apply.  Current or former State employees with transfer or reinstatement rights at the Coastal Program Analyst I or Coastal Program Analyst II level may also apply. (Please note that in order to be eligible to transfer or reinstatement, applicants must meet the minimum qualifications of the Coastal Program Analyst I or II classification.)  Applicants must clearly indicate the basis of their eligibility, including SROA, surplus, transfer, re-employment status, or list eligibility in the Examination/Job Title section on the CA State Application (std678).


Coastal Program Analyst I (CPA I) Exam Bulletin can be found at

Coastal Program Analyst II (CPA II) Exam Bulletin can be found at

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
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$4,295.00 - $6,652.00
$6,387.00 - $7,999.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Los Angeles County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The Commission is a small State agency that is charged with protecting coastal resources and managing coastal development in California.  The mission of the Commission is to implement the Coastal Act and to provide for the balanced use of the coastal zone and to protect, restore, and enhance coastal and marine resources for the continuing benefit of current and future generations.

Employees at the Commission enjoy working on a broad range of issues to plan for and manage coastal land uses while protecting important coastal resources including wetlands, habitats that support rare and endangered species, scenic landscapes and views to the sea, public shoreline access and recreation opportunities. The Commission’s staff includes dedicated planners, scientists, attorneys and administrative staff.

The California Coastal Commission values diversity at all levels of the organization and is committed to fostering an environment in which employees from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. We believe the diversity of our employees and their unique ideas inspire innovative solutions to further our mission of protecting and enhancing California’s coast and ocean for present and future generations
Department Website:

Special Requirements

Familiarity with or the ability to learn to use new online platforms and programs (e.g., SharePoint, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and TeamViewer).

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: 12/5/2022

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:

CA Coastal Commission
Attn: Human Resources
455 Market St. Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94105

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

CA Coastal Commission
Human Resources
455 Market St. Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94105
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 - A minimum of three professional references.
  • Other - Submit a cover letter that describes how your qualifications align with the desirable qualifications for this position (2 pages or less).
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:

Knowledge of the California Coastal Act and the Coastal Commission’s permit and planning process and experience with legal issues are critical. Persons with the following education and/or work experience would be preferred: environmental law and land use planning and regulation, or related fields. The successful candidate will demonstrate strong analytical skills and the ability to research and interpret legal coastal resource issues. Strong writing and speaking skills and the ability to work as a team member are critical. Essential job functions also include: walking on uneven surfaces such as sand or dirt for field investigations, sitting in meetings, ability to work in artificial light and work using a computer for 8 hours, and some local and state travel.


Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

Contact Information

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

Department Website:
Hiring Unit Contact:
Andrew Willis, Enforcement Manager
(562) 590-5071

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:
Melanie Wong
(415) 904-5430
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