Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, or Oakland, California

Posted Date

May 1, 2024

Contact Information

Alysia Phillips

Are you passionate about protecting the environment? If so, you should apply to our Land Use and Conservation Section! We are seeking an attorney to join the Land Use and Conservation Section to work on matters of critical importance to the State. The position may be filled in Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, or Oakland.

As an attorney in the section, you will be involved in:

  • enforcing state housing laws,
  • ensuring public access to California’s waterways, mountains, and open space through litigation and client advice,
  • helping to conserve and expand state parks and other public lands for recreation and ecological protection,
  • protecting against wildfire risk

The section’s attorneys are experienced in laws pertaining to environmental land use and natural resource regulation (including CEQA), real property, the public trust doctrine, oil and gas development, housing, and administrative procedure.

The section represents a variety of agencies including the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Department of Parks and Recreation, the State Lands Commission, the Delta Stewardship Council, the High-Speed Rail Authority, California’s land conservancies, the California Coastal Commission, and the Department of Conservation. If hired, you will litigate all phases of cases in California and federal courts and will render legal advice on an ongoing basis to all clients and to the Attorney General.

This position allows for a hybrid work schedule, which involves 2-3 days a week in the office.

Salary Ranges (Monthly)

  • DAG (0-5 years of legal experience) $7,737.00 – $11,173.00
  • DAG III (5+ years of legal experience) $10,536.00 – $13,526.00
  • DAG IV (6+ years of legal experience) $11,644.00 – $14,954.00

Benefits of working for the State of California:

  • Work-life balance
  • 11 paid holidays
  • Flexible paid leave options
  • Consistent wage increases
  • Pension retirement
  • Job Stability
  • Health/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
  • And more!


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Active membership in The California State Bar

Desirable Qualifications:

  • A commitment to public service
  • Civil litigation experience
  • Research and writing skills
  • Background in public land matters, housing law, or environment law

Application Process

Please submit an application on CalCareers (link below) by 5/22/2024 at 11:59pm Pacific.


Your application package must include:

  • State employment application form 678 (completed online)
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Writing Sample: dispositive motion, pretrial motion or appellate brief are preferred.