Coastal Program Analyst – Environmental Justice/Tribal Consultation or Federal Consistency/Transportation Planning

The California Coastal Commission is seeking a new talented addition to its Executive Division with assignments in other units. The Commission is a small State agency that is charged with protecting coastal resources and managing coastal development in California. The mission of the Commission is to implement the Coastal Act and to provide for the balanced use of the coastal zone and to protect, restore, and enhance coastal and marine resources for the continuing benefit of current and future generations. Employees at the Commission enjoy working on a broad range of issues to plan for and manage coastal land uses while protecting important coastal resources including wetlands, habitats that support rare and endangered species, scenic landscapes and views to the sea, public shoreline access and recreation opportunities. The Commission’s staff includes dedicated planners, scientists, attorneys and administrative staff.

The California Coastal Commission values diversity at all levels of the organization and is committed to fostering an environment in which employees from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. We believe the diversity of our employees and their unique ideas inspire innovative solutions to further our mission of protecting and enhancing California’s coast and ocean for present and future generations.

The duties of the Coastal Program Analyst I or II include the following:

Environmental Justice and Tribal Consultation: The analyst will have significant responsibilities as a part of the Commission’s Environmental Justice team, working on a large range of environmental justice and Coastal Act issues in regulatory and planning actions. The analyst will have significant responsibilities working in a range of tribal consultation assignments as a part of a larger team.

Federal Consistency Review and Transportation Planning and Special Projects: This position will include a variety of assignments in several different units including working on federal consistency projects and a broad range of planning and regulation tasks related to transportation projects. This position will also include a variety of special projects related to federal grants and regulatory and planning projects. Knowledge of the California Coastal Act; the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA); current state planning law, environmental justice and tribal issues, and principles and practices of land use planning is critical. A background in planning, environmental studies, resource management, climate resiliency planning, or a closely related field is desirable.

The successful candidate must demonstrate strong analytical skills and the ability to research and creatively explore complex coastal resource issues. Effective writing and verbal communication skills and the ability to work both independently and as a team member are critical. Candidate must be able to work cooperatively with other local, state and federal agency official and will be expected to be rigorous in identifying issues and pro-active in his/her problem-solving efforts. Fluency in Spanish would be an asset and the candidate may be considered for bilingual pay.