Job Posting: Attorney V

California Energy Commission

Attorney V

$11,932.00 - $15,228.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

The California Energy Commission (CEC) seeks an Attorney V position in the Chief Counsel’s Office. The Chief Counsel’s Office is a full-service law office involved in all phases of CEC activity, and attorneys have an opportunity to work directly and closely with the state’s principal energy policymakers.

Under the direction of the Chief Counsel, the Attorney V works as the CEC’s top-level legal expert in complex and difficult energy and environmental law and policy matters. Working independently, the successful applicant is involved in the most difficult and complex litigation and administrative proceedings, which include innovative legal theories and practices of law, specialization in energy and environmental law, and the highest levels of expertise. 

The Attorney V represents CEC staff in powerplant license proceedings, and compliance and enforcement matters before the CEC. The Attorney V’s work includes appearances before the CEC and may include appearances in other state agencies, and occasionally in court. The Attorney V will conduct rigorous environmental review of clean energy development to implement recent legislation that supports rapid deployment of clean energy facilities, community benefits, and good jobs.

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Minimum Qualifications (MQs): The MQs for this classification can be found at Attorney Series – CalHR. The documents you submit in your application package must highlight how you meet the MQs. If the MQs are not met, you will not be considered for this position.

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

Working Conditions

The CEC supports a hybrid workplace model with office-based and remote-centered workers. Regular and consistent attendance is essential to successful performance. This position is remote-centered, which means the incumbent works 50 percent or more of their time from an alternate work location. The CEC operates under the umbrella of the California Natural Resources Agency and shares offices with the agency in a LEED Platinum Certified Building in downtown Sacramento.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Attorney V
$11,932.00 - $15,228.00 A
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The CEC was established by the Legislature in 1974 to address energy challenges facing the state. Today, the CEC is the state’s primary energy policy and planning agency and is leading the state to a 100% clean energy future. Serving all Californians, the CEC embodies diversity, equity, and inclusion, and has taken an active and meaningful role in creating an environment that enables each employee to thrive.

Assembly Bill (AB) 205 signed by Governor Newsom on June 30, 2022, established an expedited process for certain non-fossil fuel energy facilities, including solar photovoltaic and terrestrial wind powerplants, energy storage facilities, and manufacturing/assembly facilities, to receive a permit (or certification) from the CEC. This certification process is found in Chapter 6.2, Division 15, of the Public Resources Code, sections 25545 through 25545.13. It is the first significant change to the CEC’s power plant licensing authority in over 45 years and will be in effect through June 30, 2029. In its certification role, the CEC is designated as the lead agency responsible for conducting environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act for the protection of natural, biological, and cultural resources. This certification process includes more robust community consultation to maximize public input, requires rigorous environmental review, and ensures local governments, workers, and communities reap the benefits of renewable and zero-carbon resource development.

The CEC plays a lead role in creating the energy system of the future, not just in California, but globally. If you are interested in a challenging and exciting career in clean energy and are passionate about renewable, efficient, and reliable energy that addresses climate change, join our diverse team of global energy leaders!

This position is open to interested applicants both inside and outside of state service. To be eligible to apply and be hired as a new-to-state-service employee, you must:
1) Create an online CalCareers account. For a tutorial on the state application process, visit California State Hiring Process Instructional Video Series – YouTube or contact
2) Complete an assessment and score in the top ranks. Your assessment score determines your rank.
3) Submit an application package through your CalCareers account. An application package must include all items under the “Required Application Package Documents” section. Resumes will not be accepted in place of a State Examination and Employment Application (STD. 678). Applications must include “to” and “from” dates (month/day/year), time base (full-time/part-time/number of hours per week/month), and applicable civil service classifications.

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Special Requirements

You must include the following if you are applying by mail or in person:

1) How you are eligible (list eligibility, transfer within state service, reinstatement, SROA/surplus, etc.) in the Explanations box on the first page of the STD. 678.

2) The Job Control number 359410 and the title of the position you are applying for in the Examination(s) or Job Title(s) box on the first page of the STD. 678.

3) Request for Personnel Action Number 140-320 in the Explanations box of the STD. 678.

4) Your original signature at the bottom of the first page of the STD. 678.

5) Include unofficial school transcripts with your application package if the position you are applying for has an educational requireme5nt. You may be required to provide official transcripts if hired.

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:

California Energy Commission
Attn: RPA 140-320/ JC- 359410
715 P Street, MS-3
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

California Energy Commission
RPA 140-320/ JC- 359410
1516 9th Street, MS-3
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 -

    Cover Letter-Include a cover letter of no more than one page in length describing why you are the ideal candidate for this position.

  • Other -

    Proof of CA Bar Admission (Note: you are eligible to apply for this position prior to taking/passing the CA Bar exam however, you cannot be hired until passing the bar and are sworn in)

  • Other -

    Writing Sample-Include a writing sample of no more than 5 pages in length containing a legal document (e.g., brief, memorandum, decision, or pleading) for which you were the primary author. You may edit or redact the writing sample to meet the page limit and to remove any privileged or confidential information.

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:

The successful applicant should have strong analytic and writing skills and have knowledge, experience, and expertise in:

  1. California Environmental Quality Act and other environmental laws;
  2. The rules and processes governing the conduct of civil litigation, including writ practice;
  3. California laws governing regulatory agencies with legislative and regulatory powers and duties, including, but not limited to, the California Administrative Procedure Act;
  4. Energy law and public utility law; and
  5. Enforcement of state laws and regulations.

Please review the Minimum Requirements (or minimum qualifications) within the Class Specification and ensure that your application package clearly indicates how you meet the minimum qualifications as this will be verified prior to interview and/or appointment.


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.

Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
Personnel Office
(916) 654-4309

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:
Carousel Gore
(916) 661-8122
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.