Careers at the California Energy Commission
Come Join us!
We are in search of talented and enthusiastic individuals who are eager to join a dynamic and steadfast team that works with public and private partners to continually improve California's energy systems.
Your professional contribution to our organization will make a significant difference as you help us strive to meet our state's energy needs while also enhancing environmental stewardship.
If you are intelligent, creative and intrigued with 21st century energy challenges and eager to solve them, we are looking for you.
About the Commission
The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. Established by the Legislature in 1974 and located in Sacramento, seven core responsibilities guide the Energy Commission as it sets California energy policy:
- Forecasting future energy needs;
- Promoting energy efficiency and conservation by setting the state's appliance and building energy efficiency standards;
- Supporting energy research that advances energy science and technology through research, development and demonstration projects;
- Developing renewable energy resources;
- Advancing alternative and renewable transportation fuels and technologies;
- Certifying thermal power plants 50 megawatts and larger;
- Planning for and directing state response to energy emergencies.
Explore the Possibilities
Applications from professionals with experience in the energy industry are always of interest. In addition, a variety of disciplines are needed to accomplish the mission of the California Energy Commission.
The California Energy Commission offers a variety of opportunities to learn, achieve, and grow. We value diversity and inclusion, facilitate and support employee recognition, and actively promote career development.
For details on applying for vacancies please go to The Hiring Process.
The California Energy Commission offers professional entry-level positions for college graduates. Our three entry-level classes are, Energy Analyst, Mechanical Engineer and Electrical Engineer.
Energy Analyst examination accepts degrees in the areas of ecology, energy, environmental science, economics, statistics, planning, land use, engineering, geology, physical or biological science, operations research, or a closely related field.
Mechanical Engineer exam accepts degrees in mechanical engineering accredited by the Engineers' Council for Professional Development, or equivalent qualifications. (Registration as a senior in such a curriculum will admit applicants to the examination, but they must produce evidence of graduation before they will be considered eligible for appointment.)
Or Possession of equivalent qualifications may be demonstrated by qualifying in a written examination covering basic mechanical engineering and by graduation from an engineering curriculum which includes the engineering courses normally included in a standard four-year course in mechanical, chemical, or industrial engineering.
Electrical Engineer exam accepts degrees in electrical or electronic engineering accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, or equivalent qualifications. (Registration as a senior in such a curriculum will admit applicants to the examination, but they must produce evidence of graduation before they can be considered eligible for appointment.)
Or Possession of equivalent qualifications which may be demonstrated by qualifying in a written examination covering basic electrical engineering and by graduation from college in a curriculum which includes the courses normally included in a standard four-year course either in electrical or electronics engineering. (Registration as a senior in such a curriculum will admit applicants to the qualifying written examination, but they must produce evidence of graduation before they can be considered eligible for appointment.)
For details on applying for entry-level vacancies, go to The Hiring Process.
If you are enrolled in a college or university you should consider working at the Energy Commission. The Energy Commission offers a variety of energy related fields for students to work in and gain experience and knowledge to assist them in their career goals.
The Energy Commission contracts with the California State University Sacramento (CSUS) - University Enterprises, Inc. (UEI) to hire students from local campuses. The contract provides supervisors and managers the opportunity to hire college/university students to assist with projects and is a recruitment source for potential employees at the Energy Commission.
University Enterprises applicants page - For details on how to apply, and find student job opportunities
Employment Eligibility (PDF file)
UEI Listserv subscription page - Sign up to receive announcements of student positions available through University Enterprises
Legal Internship, Fellowship, and Volunteer Opportunities
The Chief Counsel's Office accepts applications throughout the year for full-time, paid summer internships, credit internships during the school year that support a minimum of 16 hours of work per week, and post-bar exam volunteer or stipend opportunities.
See the Legal Internships page for details on applying.
If you have questions about Energy Commission job opportunities please call the Personnel Office at:
For questions about examinations please call the Examination Office at (916) 653-6532.