Job Posting: Natural Resources Law Attorney

Department of Justice

Natural Resources Law Attorney

$9,976.00 - $12,798.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

The Natural Resources Law Section advises and represents California state agencies, boards, and commissions with responsibility for natural resources management and pollution control, in important, highly visible actions. 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, CAL FIRE, 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, recycling, agricultural matters, and business matters such as bankruptcy, collections, contracts, and fraud.

Duties include, but are not limited to: representing clients as both plaintiff and defendant in all stages of litigation, including handling petitions for writs of mandate, complex cases, and enforcement matters; preparing and responding to discovery requests; witness interviews, hiring and working with expert witnesses, deposition preparation, taking and defending depositions; preparing and arguing motions in court; administrative hearings and jury and bench trials in state and federal court; preparing appellate briefs and arguing in appellate courts, including the Supreme Courts; 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. In this position, successful candidates will have demonstrated work experience preparing for, managing, and conducting all stages of bench and jury trials in state or federal courts, including pre-trial depositions, preparing and questioning expert and fact witnesses, discovery, and motion practice.

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Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Natural Resources Law Attorney
$9,976.00 - $12,798.00 A
$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
$11,020.00 - $14,149.00 A
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time
Work Week:

Department Information

  • The final filing date for this posting has been tentatively set for 1/17/2023. However, this posting is "Until Filled"; the advertisement may be extended or closed at any point after the initial final filing date.
  • These positions are located in the Public Rights Division, Natural Resources Law Section, and will be filled in Sacramento.
  • The hiring unit has established the following cut-off dates for this job control: bi-weekly. Applications will be reviewed according to the date of submission. If your application is submitted after the most recent cut-off date, it will be applied to the next review period.
  • 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
  • If you'd like to speak with a recruiter prior to submitting your application, please email

Special Requirements

  • A fingerprint check will be required.
  • JC-327415 must be clearly stated in the "Examination or Job Title(s) for which you are Applying" section located on page one of your state application.
  • Individuals who are new to state service must have list eligibility in order to gain employment with the California Office of the Attorney General. Process is described at
  • Please note that appointment to the DAG classifications will be made using the following examinations:

Application Instructions

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, 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:

Department of Justice
Attn: Courtney Tanner (JC-327415)
1300 I Street 720
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Department of Justice
Courtney Tanner (JC-327415)
1300 I Street 720
Sacramento, CA 95814
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 cover letter is required and must be submitted.
  • Other - Writing Sample, consisting of a dispositive motion, pretrial motion, or appellate brief 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:

Ideal candidates will have civil litigation experience in areas such as 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. Experience with the federal Clean Air Act, the federal Clean Water Act and the California Porter-Cologne Act, the federal and California Endangered Species Acts, NEPA and CEQA, and the federal and California Administrative Procedure Acts (APA) is a plus. Desirable candidates will have excellent research and writing abilities, as well as skill in oral advocacy and negotiations, experience leading complex, often technical, scientific discovery, and drafting dispositive and substantive motions in state and federal courts (i.e. demurrers, motions for judgment on the pleadings, motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment or adjudication, motions in limine, etc.). Candidates should have a demonstrated ability and experience in developing litigation plans, managing case loads, and managing expert and percipient witnesses. Candidates should be highly motivated to work on environmental matters. Candidates should be well organized and detail oriented, and be able to work under tight deadlines and pressure. 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. This position requires strong interpersonal communication skills and the ability to provide competent and reliable service to a large number of state client agencies and their in-house counsel in litigation settings. 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 desirable.


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

Contact Information

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

Human Resources Contact:
Courtney Tanner
(916) 210-7235

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.

Additional Application Filing Information

Please note, it using the United States Postal Service for delivery, there is no guarantee that your application will be date stamped and willarrive by the final filing date. If you application does not have a postmark or date stamp and arrives after the final filing date, yourapplication will not be accepted. Therefore, to ensure timely delivery of your application, it is recommended that you use either electronicdelivery, parcel service, or certified mail. Using one of these options will provide proof of delivery
prior to the final filing date. If you are mailing your application, as a courtesy we ask that you contact the HR Consultant listed to confirmyour application has been received. This is not required, but highly encouraged so we can ensure the timely submission of your application.

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.