Position Summary

CCKA seeks an experienced Staff Attorney to lead our new Clean Water Enforcement program. The Staff Attorney will provide in-house counsel for CCKA Waterkeepers to conduct Clean Water Act enforcement. The Staff Attorney will identify and develop enforcement cases within the Waterkeepers’ regions, and act as in-house counsel or co-counsel from investigation through settlement or litigation. The Staff Attorney will report to the Executive Director and will work remotely or in CCKA’s Sacramento office.



  • Identify and manage Clean Water Act enforcement cases
    from investigation through settlement/litigation and monitoring compliance,
    including drafting notices of intent to file suit, pleadings and briefs;
    negotiations/mediations; interviewing witnesses and drafting declarations.
  • Manage team of outside counsel and technical experts
    supporting litigation.
  • Coordinate with enforcement staff from other Waterkeeper
    organizations, and work with Waterkeepers to support other existing and new
    cases in state or federal courts.
  • Once an established enforcement program exists, work with
    the Executive Director and CCKA Waterkeepers to develop more precedent setting
    cases and campaigns.


  • Work with CCKA’s Executive Director to provide strategic direction on the organization’s legal work.
  • Supervise full-time, summer legal interns and fall/spring externs as needed.
  • Draft and submit Revolving Fund Litigation grants for court and expert fees.
  • Chair CCKA’s Legal Committee, schedule meetings, prepare agenda and meeting materials, and lead Committee meetings.

Qualifications & Requirements

Applicants must be
law school graduates admitted to the California bar. Candidates must have at
least 5 years of Clean Water Act enforcement litigation experience. He/she/they
must be extremely organized and detail oriented, with strong research,
analysis, writing and oral advocacy skills, and project management experience.
Candidates must have experience in administrative and pretrial proceedings
(e.g., regulatory comments, discovery, motion practice); experience with
evidentiary hearings and appellate litigation a plus. Knowledge of the Clean
Water Act and prior experience with Clean Water Act Section 505 lawsuits is required.
Some background in science a plus.

Applicants must possess initiative, good judgment, a strong work ethic, be tenacious in advocating for CCKA’s agenda, and have a demonstrated commitment and passion for conservation and environmental protection.


The job entails typical office environment work (sitting at computer, on phone, etc.) and use of standard office equipment. Ability to travel to various meetings and sites throughout the state is needed. Ability to undertake site visits and some fieldwork (which can entail some physical exertion, exposure to weather, odors, dust and pollen) is required.


CCKA is an equal opportunity employer
and actively recruits to promote diversity in our workforce. This is a full-time salaried position, with health, dental,
and vacation benefits.
California Coastkeeper Alliance is based
in Sacramento, but the
position is based anywhere within California and will be expected to travel

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