California State Lands Commission (CSLC) manages 4 million acres of tide and submerged lands and the beds of natural navigable rivers, streams, lakes, bays, estuaries, inlets, and straits along the entire coast of California and out to three miles offshore. The CSLC protects and enhances these lands and natural resources by issuing leases for use or development, providing public access, resolving boundaries between public and private lands. Through its actions, the CSLC secures and safeguards the public’s access rights to natural navigable waterways and the coastline and preserves irreplaceable natural habitats for wildlife, vegetation, and biological communities.
The CSLC adopted an updated Environmental Justice Policy and implementation blueprint in December 2018, committing to the principle that past environmental injustices will not define California’s future. The twelve goals outlined in the Policy are bold and transformative. They reflect an urgent need to address the inequities of the past, climate change and how the impacts on human health continue to disproportionately affect marginalized and disadvantage communities. CSLC staff created an implemented its first ever
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Team (JEDI Team) in 2021. The JEDI Team is dedicated to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion and addressing environmental justice within the CSLC and throughout its work.
Remote (we plan for remote or hybrid participation because of uncertainty with our future telework policy and workplace restrictions). In-person participation may be possible if public health conditions allow based on circumstances.
Internship Dates: June 1 - August 16, 2022; start and end dates are flexible with regard to student’s academic commitments.
Stipend: $6,000. Up to $2,000 in additional funding will be available to students who must relocate to participate in the internship.
Time Commitment: The internship is a full time, 11-week commitment. Over the 11-week period, the intern may take up to five days off for personal reasons, vacation, or illness. If participation is less than 100%, the stipend will be prorated.
Position Description and Responsibilities: Environmental justice is defined in California law as “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of people of all races, cultures, and incomes with respect to the development, adoption, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.” (Gov. Code, § 65040.12.) The CSLC Environmental Justice Policy includes an Implementation Blueprint to ensure that environmental justice is an essential consideration in the CSLC’s processes, decisions, and programs. In parallel to implementing the Environmental Justice Policy, CSLC staff are also engaged in efforts to advance equity within the workplace and in the CSLC decisions and actions. The JEDI Team was convened to develop initiatives to embed justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion into the CSLC’s programs, practices, and culture.