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, and 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. In parallel to implementing the Environmental Justice Policy, CSLC staff created and 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.
Location and format: Remote; In-person participation may be offered if the intern resides close to the greater Sacramento area or Long Beach.
Internship Dates: June 1 - August 16, 2023
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. 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 disadvantaged communities.