Attorney II/III (CEQA/Environmental)

East Bay Municipal Utility District | Oakland

Salary Range: $129,444 annually (for Attorney II), $150,084 Annually (for Attorney III)
Open Date: 08/16/2021
Close Date: 09/03/2021

Position Description

Opens online at on Monday, August 16, 2021
Online applications must be received by 4:30 p.m., Friday, September 3, 2021

The position will be filled at either the Attorney II level OR at the Attorney III level depending on the qualifications and experience of the selected individual. Salary progression is performance-based.

Are you an environmental and natural resources attorney with significant experience with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)? Do you want to work on cutting-edge projects and legal issues for a dynamic publicly owned water and wastewater utility? If so, you are invited to apply for an immediate vacancy in the Office of General Counsel of the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD). EBMUD is one of the largest and most innovative public water and wastewater utilities in the United States and an outstanding place to practice law. If selected, you will join a seasoned in-house team of attorneys. Working under the General Counsel’s general direction, the selected attorney will interact directly with the elected Board of Directors, senior management, and key staff throughout the organization to provide timely legal advice, support EBMUD in litigation and other proceedings and protect EBMUD’s legal interests.

As a member of the OGC, you will play a key role on many of EBMUD’s most challenging and significant initiatives. The most competitive candidates for this position will bring a specialized focus on CEQA and other areas of environmental and natural resources law and will have significant previous experience with most or all of the following:

• California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), including experience with the following:
o Preparing and reviewing addenda, findings, negative declarations (NDs), mitigated negative declarations (MNDs) and environmental impact reports (EIRs);
o Providing strategic advice and recommendations based on the CEQA Guidelines and current case law;
o Analyzing potentially applicable exemptions and exclusions; and
o Drafting findings, resolutions, and other documents relating to EIR certification, ND/MND adoption, and project approvals.
• The federal and state Endangered Species Acts (ESA and CESA);
• Wetlands regulation, water quality certifications, lake and streambed alterations, and other natural resources laws and legal processes; and
• Municipal or public agency law.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate both a keen mind and a curious intellect. Strong analytical and writing skills are a must, as are a willingness to learn new areas of law and a genuine passion for collaborating with smart, dedicated people.

EBMUD offers an excellent benefits program that includes: paid vacation, holidays and sick leave; family health insurance coverage; family dental and vision care plans; retirement plan (reciprocal with CalPERS); 401(k), 401(a) and 457(b) tax-deferred retirement plans; transit subsidy; tuition reimbursement; and opportunities for professional growth including training and career development.

Position Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience that has led to the acquisition of the knowledge and abilities indicated above. Typical means of acquiring the essential knowledge and abilities is a combination of training and experience equivalent to:

Attorney II:
Requires a Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school AND at least three to four years of experience in public or other applicable areas of law.

Attorney III:
Requires a Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school AND at least five to seven years of experience in public or other applicable areas of law.

All candidates must be licensed to practice law in the State of California and possess technical competency in preparing, presenting, and conducting cases; presenting clear and logical statements of fact, law, and argument in written and oral form; analyzing and drafting resolutions and regulations; performing legal research; and communicating effectively, clearly, and concisely both orally and in writing.

How to Apply

Submit a completed EBMUD application and the required supplemental question responses online at by 4:30 p.m., Friday, September 3, 2021. Only application materials submitted online during the filing period will be accepted. EBMUD is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disability
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