This is a limited-term position; position will most likely be extended up to twenty-four (24) months and become permanent if permanent funding becomes avaliable. For more information, visit:

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

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

Applications received without ALL the required  items, will NOT receive further consideration for this position.

Department Information

The Coastal Conservancy is a state agency that undertakes and supports projects to protect, restore and enhance coastal resources; to promote resilience to climate change impacts; and to 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 64 dedicated, experienced employees who work collaboratively and creatively to achieve the Conservancy’s mission.  The Conservancy is located in Oakland, California, near BART.

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The Conservancy’s legal division consists of five attorneys, including the Chief Counsel. Conservancy attorneys work closely with staff on a variety of legal issues, mostly in the areas of land use and environmental permitting, contracts, real property interests, and operation of state and local government. Attorneys provide oral and written advice; conduct research; develop legal strategies; negotiate and draft contracts, memoranda of understanding, escrow instructions and other documents; review and edit staff recommendations for consistency with Division 21 of the Public Resources Code, funding sources, and CEQA; review property acquisition documents, including title reports, environmental assessments and purchase agreements; review CEQA documents, and track new legislation and case law.

Working Conditions

  • Office setting; Monday through Friday; prolonged periods of sitting (or standing, if preferred)
  • Work on a computer up to 8 hours a day
  • Ability to lift up to 15 pounds
  • Indoor work is common, although outdoor work may be necessary
  • May require an employee to work in adversarial situations
  • Attend and participate in high level meetings
  • Multitask, meet deadlines, and adjust to changing priorities in a cooperative manner
  • Travel, with overnight stays necessary on occasion

Special Requirements

You must be on the Attorney eligibility list in order to be considered.  To obtain list eligiblity, you must take the Attorney or Attorney LEAP exams, which are online exam avaliable 24/7 and can be accessed through these links:


Attorney LEAP

Membership in The California State Bar. (Applicants must have active membership in The California State Bar before they will be eligible for appointment.)

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered.  To apply, visit:

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.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected for an interview.

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (Applications and any applicable or required documents) must be submitted electronically through your CalCareer account at
Required Application DocumentsPlease submit the following items with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • 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 – Along with a cover letter explaining your interest in the position, state application (std. 678) and resume, please submit a writing sample you have authored.The first step in the hiring process for this position will consist 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.
  • Resume is required and must be included.

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.

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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 with excellent research, writing, communication and analytical skills, who exercises sound judgment and enjoys working both independently and as part of a team.  Attorneys are expected to be rigorous and proactive in identifying issues and creative in problem-solving.

Attorneys must be able to juggle multiple assignments and interact professionally with Conservancy staff, other state and local agencies, nonprofit organizations, and the public.


Please see the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) website at  for further information on state employee benefits.

Contact Information

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

  • Human Resources Contact:
    Johanna Collins
    (510) 286-4340
  • 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.


This is a limited-term position for twelve (12) months.  The assignment will most likely be extended an additional twelve (12) months, but will not exceed twenty-four (24) months.  This position may become permanent within the limited-term period, if permanent funding becomes avaliable.