Job Description and Duties

The State Water Resources Control Board’s, Office of Enforcement (OE) has an opening for a permanent/full time Attorney IV in its Legal Division.  OE acts as legal advisor to both the State Water Board and the nine Regional Water Boards in all matters relating to enforcement.  The position requires frequent adversarial engagement with the regulated public, stakeholders, non-governmental organizations and other government agencies.  The position location is 801 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 and requires somewhat frequent travel throughout the state.



Under the general direction of the Assistant Chief Counsel, and consistent with good customer service practices and the goals of the State and Regional Boards’ Strategic Plan, the incumbent is expected to be courteous and provide timely response to internal/external customers, follow through on commitments, and to solicit internal/external customer input when completing work assignments while performing the following tasks as an Attorney IV:

Develops and implements strategies for, and acts as lead prosecutor for, the most complex and sensitive administrative civil liability cases and cleanup and abatement cases before the State and Regional Water Boards.  Performs legal analysis of a broad range of legal concepts, including those arising under the Water Code, Health and Safety Code, Corporations Code, Civil Code, Code of Civil Procedure, Government Code and Fish and Game Code, in addition to other statutes and regulations, including CERCLA, the Hazardous Substances Accounting Act, CEQA, and local land use and zoning codes.  Coordinates legal and technical strategies with other federal, state and local prosecutors and agencies as needed.  Responds to inquiries from the Governor’s Office, Legislature and other state, local or federal agencies regarding the most complex and sensitive enforcement matters.

Directs and advises investigatory staff to develop and maintain competent and admissible evidence for civil and criminal judicial proceedings, and for administrative quasi adjudicatory proceedings, all of the greatest difficulty, both generally, and in the context of specific enforcement actions so as to assure consistent production of favorable results.   

Serves as an advisor to the Attorney General’s Office on the development of legal strategies for investigating and adjudicating judicial enforcement cases for water quality violations, as well as cases involving professional negligence, false claims and fraud.  Assists the Attorney General’s Office with substantive issues relating to the appropriate criminal or civil charges, discovery plans and strategy, preparation of witnesses and drafting of briefs and pleadings in enforcement cases.

Reviews proposed legislation and advises Water Board management, the Governor’s Office and other state or local agencies about the highly specialized field of enforcement and the enforceability of programs administered by the Water Boards.  Engages with stakeholders through open forums or workshops, Board hearings, conferences or additional avenues presented in order to convey the general vision of the Water Board.

 Additional information:

Candidates must possess essential personal qualifications including integrity, initiative, dependability, good judgment, the ability to work cooperatively with others, and the ability to perform the assigned duties of the class.

If the position requires driving, you must possess a current and valid driver’s license.  Please Do Not include full Social Security Number, method of eligibility, and LEAP information in your application package.

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