The Civil Advisory Division of the San Diego City Attorney’s Office is recruiting to fill a Deputy
City Attorney position in the Environment Unit of the Environment and Land Use Section. The
deputy will report directly to the Chief Deputy City Attorney of this Section.

The Deputy City Attorneys in the Environment Unit primarily advise the City’s Stormwater
Department, Environmental Services Department, and Sustainability Department. Duties for the
Environment Unit position include advising on solid waste management, stormwater and water
quality regulations, Clean Water Act/NPDES permit compliance, flood control operations and
liability, recycling programs such as the Zero Waste Plan, landfill operations, hazardous waste
management, fees and taxes, energy use and independence, renewable energy and
sustainability, energy management, utility regulation, and utility franchises.


Deputies in the Civil Advisory Division routinely:

  • Draft contracts, resolutions, and ordinances;
  • Review department policies, procedures, and City administrative regulations;
  • Conduct legal research, analysis, and negotiations;
  • Prepare legal correspondence, memoranda, and opinions;
  • Work closely with City staff on programs and specific projects;
  • Respond to California Public Records Act requests;
  • Work with litigation counsel on certain matters;
  • Appear and address legal questions at City Council and Committee meetings, and may appear at board and commission hearings and administrative hearings.

The deputies in the Environment Unit interact with various regulatory agencies, such as the
Regional Water Quality Control Board, Air Pollution Control District, Department of
Environmental Health, California Public Utilities Commission, and Local Enforcement Agency.


Applicants are required to:

  • Be licensed to practice law and an active member in good standing with the State Bar of
    California at the time of hire.
  • Possess strong analytical, research, writing, and oral presentation skills; be a practical problem-solver and team player; have good time management skills; and demonstrate effective communication and conflict resolution skills.

Ideal candidates will have three or more years of municipal law experience. Experience in
regulatory matters is highly desirable.

Attorneys in this position must be able to travel to locations outside the office meetings.
Therefore, possession of a valid California Class C driver’s license and personal vehicle, or the
ability to travel to various locations located through the City in a timely manner, are required.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: All candidates for employment must be fully vaccinated
against COVID-19 and provide proof of their full vaccination or have been approved for a
medical or religious exemption from the vaccination requirement, and have been provided an
accommodation, before their start date. “Fully vaccinated” means a person has received, at
least 14 days prior, either the second dose in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series or a single
dose COVID-19 vaccine. Acceptable COVID-19 vaccines must be approved by the U.S. Food
and Drug Administration (FDA) or authorized for emergency use by the FDA or the World Health
Exemption Requests: Candidates with a disability or medical condition that makes it medically
inadvisable for them to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, as verified by their health care provider, or
those with a sincerely held religious belief, observance, or practice that prevents them from
receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, may request an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination
requirement and reasonable accommodation. Candidates who wish to make a such a request
will be provided with more information. The City will review requests for medical and religious
exemption and accommodation on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the California Fair Employment and
Housing Act. A candidate’s start date may be adjusted to allow for the accommodation process.
You may request a medical or religious exemption from the vaccination requirement, and
an accommodation, by sending an email to indicating your
desire to make such a request.

How to Apply:
The San Diego City Attorney’s Office accepts online applications. To apply, select the position
title of the job opportunity and click the “Apply” link. If you need assistance, please refer to our
online employment application guide:
To be considered for this position, applicants will need to submit the following by the closing

  • San Diego City Attorney employment application, including supplemental questions.
  • Cover letter and resume.
  • A writing sample (or excerpt; no more than 5 pages) that demonstrates their legal writing
    skills and reflects their own original work product.

Following the closing date, resumes will be screened according to the qualifications outlined
above. Only the most qualified candidates will be invited to a departmental interview. If a job has
an extended deadline, applications will be considered during the extension period; however, a
job may be filled before the extended date is reached. This interview process may be used to fill
future vacancies.

Individuals must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable
accommodations. If you have any questions or concerns related to the recruitment process and
the Americans with Disabilities Act, you may contact (619) 533-5811. The City of San Diego has
an active Equal Opportunity/ADA Program for employment and vigorously supports diversity in
the workplace.

Nothing in this job posting constitutes an expressed or implied contract for employment with the
City of San Diego.

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