COAST Student Internships Summer 2023

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 (map)

Format: Hybrid

​Internship Dates: June 1 - August 16, 2023

​Stipend: $8,000

​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 and planners 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 rise planning, 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:

Supporting the Bay Adapt Regional Shoreline Adaptation Plan

BCDC is leading the development of a Regional Shoreline Adaptation Plan throughout 2023. The ART intern will support the planning and implementation of this effort though tasks including:

    • Background research on planning and policy tools for sea level rise adaptation, including land use zoning, construction policies, building codes, and other best practices.
    • Stakeholder engagement support including meeting planning, preparation, material development, and other activities.
    • ​Research into policies covering the intersection of habitat and development, such as planning for migration space.
    • ​Other sea level rise adaptation research, as needed, such as shoreline protection design, climate science, groundwater rise, social equity, adaptation pathways, and other relevant topics.​​
​​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.​

Working with the GIS team on a variety of data-related projects
The ART intern will support maintenance of ART GIS data products through analysis and data entry, including:
​​Supervision will be a mix of in-person and remote. The internship is based in the BCDC office in downtown San Francisco, and the intern will likely be required to be in the office assuming 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 gener​al eligibility requirements​​​.




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