COAST Student Internships Summer 2022

San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission

Adapting to Rising Tides Program Internship


Host: The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) protects and enhances San Francisco Bay and encourages the Bay's responsible and productive use for this and future generations. BCDC has played a major role in making the Bay and its shoreline a national recreational treasure by providing strong support for the maritime industry, preserving and restoring Bay wetlands and marshes, and protecting shorelines since its establishment in 1965. The Adapting to Rising Tides Program at BCDC provides staff support, guidance, tools and information to help agencies and organizations understand, communicate and begin to resolve complex climate change issues.

​Location: San Francisco (planning for in-person participation but hybrid or remote participation may be offered or required based on circumstances).

​Internship Dates: June 1 - August 16, 2022; start and end dates 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 weeks, 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: One (1) internship is available to work with a team of adaptation scientists on a variety of tasks related to sea level rise adaptation and climate resilience for the San Francisco Bay Area. The intern will work on a variety of projects across the entire Adapting to Rising Tides (ART) program, including sea level and climate science synthesis, nature-based adaptation strategies, adaptation mapping, and implementation of Bay Adapt. The ART intern will be encouraged to incorporate their own interest and expertise into the ART program projects and internship.

Possible tasks and responsibilities (dependent on funding, timing, and interest) include:

  • Coordinating and drafting the Bay Adapt Climate Science Consortium workplan
    The Bay Adapt Joint Platform, adopted in Fall 2021, includes an action supporting the creation of a Bay-wide Climate Science Consortium (Action 4). The intern will assist the ART program in drafting this workplan in cooperation with a diverse array of stakeholders from the scientific community, environmental advocacy groups, public and non-governmental organizations, and more.
  • Planning and implementation of Bay Adapt actions
    The ART intern will support the planning and implementation of various BCDC-led tasks outlined in the Joint Platform, including but not limited to:​
    • ​Creating a long-term regional vision rooted in communities, bay habitats, and the economy.
    • Accelerating permitting for equitable, multi-benefit projects.
    • Assessing environmental regulations and policies that slow progress on projects.
    • Measuring regional progress using metrics and share results.
    • ​​​​​​​Support for these tasks may include policy research, report writing, project management, developing workplans, scheduling and hosting meetings, planning briefings or webinars, and other tasks.
  • Implementing BCDC’s Environmental Justice Policies
    BCDC adopted Environmental Justice Policies for the Bay Plan in 2019. The intern may aid in implementing these policies and associated goals of the agency through various efforts depending on need, including
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​Providing support for the Bay Area Equity Consortium (See Bay Adapt tasks)
    • Assisting the GIS program with mapping needs such as socioeconomic factors, contaminated lands, impacts of shoreline protection on vulnerable communities, and more
    • Working with the Environmental Justice Advisors Committee as needed
  • Synthesizing and communicating science
    The ART program is responsible for providing climate services to the San Francisco Bay Area. The intern may develop written, graphic, or other materials on a range of topics from (for example) latest science on nature-based adaptation strategies, adaptation financing options, groundwater rise, interactions of contamination and sea level rise, and more.​
Supervision will either be entirely remote or a mix of in-person and remote. The internship is based in the BCDC office in downtown San Francisco, and the intern may be required to be in the office if public health guidelines allow it.

Preferred Experience and Capabilities: 
  • ​Interest in coastal climate adaptation and resiliency
  • Strong connection to and interest in the protection of California’s coastal resources
  • Strong interpersonal, analytic, and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a tight-knit team environment
  • GIS experience welcome but not required
  • Ability to take on diverse tasks and play a supporting role as needed to achieve organizational goals
  • Ability to participate in collaborative processes to generate timely products and to work effectively with diverse public and private partners 
​Skills Gained: The intern will work with a team of adaptation scientists on a variety of tasks related to sea level rise adaptation and climate resilience for the San Francisco Bay Area. While the team is willing to work with the intern to make sure they gain experience in areas of interest, the intern can expect exposure to sea level rise and climate projection science, nature-based ​adaptation, regional and multi-jurisdictional adaptation planning, spatial planning (GIS) for adaptation, and operations of the State government.

Eligibility/Requirements: The intern must be authorized to work in the United States. Travel within California may be requested (pending public health orders). Applicants are also subject to general eligibil​ity requirements​​.


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