2019 State Fellowship Host Offices

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California Coastal Commission

Climate Change Emphasis

The California Coastal Commission implements the California Coastal Act of 1976 and has regulatory authority to manage development along the coast in balance with the protection of coastal resources, environmentally sensitive habitats, and public access. The commission is an independent, quasi-judicial state agency whose authority is defined as the coastal zone, a 1.5 million area stretching 1,270 miles along the state’s mainland coastline from Oregon to Mexico, and around nine offshore islands (333 miles of island shoreline). The commission also has the responsibility to work with local governments to establish Local Coastal Programs (LCPs) which, when certified by the commission, become the basis for coastal permitting at the local level. Furthermore, the Commission has the purview and planning responsibility to assess and address issues of state-wide importance such as sea level rise and coastal erosion, both of which are likely to be exacerbated by climate change.

Host location: San Francisco


California Department of Fish and Wildlife

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is a state trustee agency that maintains native fish, wildlife, plant species and natural communities for their intrinsic and ecological value and their benefits to people. This includes the diversified use of fish and wildlife for recreational, commercial, scientific and educational uses.

The Marine Region of the CDFW in conjunction with the California Fish and Game Commission manages and regulates the use of marine species and habitats within the coastal waters of the state.

Host Location: Belmont


California Department of Parks and Recreation

Natural Resources Division

California State Parks’ Natural Resources Division (NRD) provides general policy direction and technical assistance for natural resource management. In addition, NRD administers major funding programs for natural resources management and ecological restoration throughout the state park system and coordinates with other state and federal agencies on issues of statewide significance. Currently, California State Parks protects and manages over 100 coastal park units that span a substantial portion of the state’s coastline. With expected impacts from sea-level rise and an increase in extreme events along the California coast, identifying and addressing management priorities for coastal state park units is becoming increasingly critical for the protection of coastal resources.

Host location: Sacramento


California Fish and Game Commission

The California Fish and Game Commission was the first wildlife conservation agency in the United States, pre-dating even the U.S. Commission of Fish and Fisheries. The commission has hundreds of authorities, some general in nature and some very specific through statutes that comprise the Fish and Game Code, Public Resources Code, and Government Code.

Host location: Sacramento


California Ocean Protection Council (2)

The CA Ocean Protection Council (OPC) was created by state law, the California Ocean Protection Act of 2004, to protect ocean health and we view all of our actions through the lens of climate change. Under changing ocean and coastal conditions that threaten communities, ecosystems and our economy, we have an urgent need to catalyze innovative and bold action to protect ocean and coastal health.  The OPC is engaging with partners in building a shared vision for ocean and coastal health, as well as what it means to be successful in ensuring ocean and coastal health given climate change.

Host location: Sacramento


California Sea Grant

Communications Department

California Sea Grant is a collaboration of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the State of California and universities across the state to create knowledge, products and services that benefit the economy, the environment and the citizens of California. Sea Grant is NOAA’s primary university-based program to promote environmental stewardship, long-term economic development and responsible use of coastal, ocean, and Great Lakes resources. California Sea Grant offers a variety of services for coastal and marine science and policy, including grant and fellowship opportunities, proposal solicitation and grant administration, applied research for coastal stakeholders and communiteis, and news services. 

This position will focus on science communication, with an emphasis on the interface of science and policy. 

Host location: La Jolla


California State Lands Commission (2)

The California State Lands Commission (CSLC) is an independent and dynamic state agency that works on the cutting edge of integrating science into policy decisions. One of the CSLC’s major roles is to act as the landlord for lands within its jurisdiction. When California became a state in 1850, it acquired approximately four million acres of land underlying the state’s navigable and tidal waterways. These “sovereign lands” include the beds of California’s navigable rivers, lakes, and streams, as well as the state’s tide and submerged lands along the state’s 1,100+ miles of coastline and offshore islands, from the mean high tide line to three nautical miles offshore. The CSLC holds these lands in trust for the people of California under the Public Trust Doctrine.

Host location: Sacramento


Delta Stewardship Council - Delta Science Program (3)

Adaptive Management and Independent Science Board (1)
& Science Plan and Science Infrastructure (1)
& Water Supply and Science Communication (1)

California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is the largest estuary on the West Coast and is the hub of the state’s major water supply systems.  It is inextricably linked to statewide issues that affect its ability to function in a healthy, sustainable way. In November 2009, the California Legislature enacted the Delta Reform Act, one of several bills related to water supply reliability, ecosystem health, and the Delta, and created the Delta Stewardship Council. The mission of the Delta Stewardship Council is to achieve the coequal goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring and enhancing the Delta ecosystem (including Suisun Marsh). The act also established the Delta Science Program (DSP), Lead Scientist, and Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB).

The mission of the Delta Science Program (DSP) is to provide the best possible unbiased scientific information to inform water and environmental decision making in the Bay-Delta system. The DSP is an honest broker of Bay-Delta science connecting scientists, managers, policy- and decision-makers and diverse stakeholders. The DSP was established by the 2009 Delta Reform Act to support, synthesize, coordinate and communicate unbiased and authoritative scientific knowledge directly relevant to Bay-Delta actions. Housed within the Delta Stewardship Council, the DSP supports the council’s adaptive management of the Delta Plan and use of best available science. The DSP provides forums for increasing mutual understanding, collaboration, learning, identifying common interests, and resolving scientific conflicts. The DSP facilitates the development, sharing and use of best available science and adaptive management in the Bay-Delta and works with others to connect collaborations among Bay-Delta stakeholders and agencies at multiple organizational levels and across disciplines using various media.

Host location: Sacramento


Delta Stewardship Council

Planning Division

California’s Delta is the largest estuary on the West Coast and is the hub of the state’s major water supply systems. The Delta Stewardship Council, a state agency established by the 2009 Delta Reform Act, is charged with achieving the coequal goals of water supply reliability for California and ecosystem restoration in the Delta in a manner that protects the unique values of the Delta as an evolving place. The Council’s Planning Division provides integration of environmental, engineering, and land use planning expertise to support and coordinate implementation of the Delta Plan, a comprehensive, long-term management plan for the Delta based on the best available science. The Delta Plan is implemented through cooperation among affected agencies and is also enforceable through the Council’s regulatory authority, which requires state and local actions that significantly affect the coequal goals to be consistent with the Delta Plan.

Host location: Sacramento


Monterey Bay Aquarium

Conservation Research (1)
Policy (1)

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a leader in ocean conservation and education. The Conservation and Science (C&S) Division at the Monterey Bay Aquarium focuses on conserving ocean wildlife and the marine environment. The division is comprised of three program areas: Ocean Conservation Policy, Conservation Research and Seafood Watch. C&S engages in strategies and activities to take action on behalf of ocean conservation while also collaborating with partners to achieve the Aquarium’s mission to inspire conservation of the ocean.

Host location: Monterey


NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. It is located approximately 23 miles off the coast of Santa Barbara and encompasses 1,470 square miles of state and federal ocean waters surrounding Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara, Santa Rosa, and San Miguel Islands. The sanctuary waters are a fertile combination of warm and cool currents that result in a highly productive marine ecosystem with diverse habitats, a wide array of fish and invertebrates, 27 species of whales and dolphins, 5 species of pinnipeds, and over 60 species of seabirds. Recognized as an important marine protected area at the local, state, national and international levels, the sanctuary’s primary goal under the National Marine Sanctuaries Act is to protect its natural and cultural resources.

Host location: Santa Barbara


NOAA NMFS Southwest Fisheries Science Center

The NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC) is one of six federal regional science centers that comprise the science expertise for the National Marine Fisheries Service. The SWFSC provides national and international leadership and innovation in several key areas of Pacific Ocean fisheries and marine mammal science and management in the California Current, throughout the Pacific Ocean and in the Southern Ocean off Antarctica. The SWFSC has three facilities: the headquarters laboratory is in La Jolla, and satellite laboratories in Santa Cruz and Monterey. SWFSC scientists conduct fisheries, marine biological, economic and oceanographic research, observations and monitoring of living marine resources and their environment. Center scientists also conduct research on the impacts of environmental variability and climate change on marine ecosystems and on fishery and conservation socio-economics. The ultimate goal of these efforts is to ensure that the region's marine and anadromous fish, marine mammal, marine turtle, seabird, and invertebrate populations remain at sustainable and healthy levels, as functioning parts of their ecosystem and enhancing the quality of life for the public. 

Host location: There are three possibilities for this fellowship - La Jolla, Santa Cruz, and Monterey


Port of San Diego (2)

The Port of San Diego was created by the State Legislature to manage San Diego Bay and surrounding waterfront land through a regional governance approach in 1962. The Port of San Diego is the fourth largest of the 11 deep water ports in California, and is borded by five member cities: Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach, National City, and San Diego. The port oversees two marine cargo terminals, two cruise ship terminals, over 20 public parks, the Harbor Police Department, and leases of over 200 tenants and over 500 sub tenant businesses around San Diego Bay. The port is an economic engine, and environmental steward of San Diego Bay and the surrounding tidelands, and a provider of community services and public safety. 

Host location: San Diego


San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission

The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) is a California state planning and regulatory agency with regional authority over the San Francisco Bay, the Bay’s shoreline band, and the Suisun Marsh. BCDC was created in 1965 and is the nation’s oldest coastal zone agency. Its mission is to protect and enhance San Francisco Bay and to encourage the bay’s responsible and productive use for this and future generations. The commission leads the Bay Area’s ongoing multi-agency regional effort to address the impacts of rising sea level on shoreline communities and assets.

Host location: San Francisco


San Francisco Estuary Partnership

The San Francisco Estuary Partnership was established in 1988 as part of the National Estuary Program under the Clean Water Act as a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency program. The partnership is a collaboration of local, state, and federal agencies, NGOs, academia and business leaders working to protect and restore the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary. The partnership’s work is guided by the development and implementation of the Estuary Blueprint , a comprehensive, collective vision for the Estuary’s future.

The partnership manages important multi-benefit projects that improve the health of the Estuary. We build partnerships and leverage federal funding with millions of dollars in state and local funds for regional-scale restoration, water quality improvement, and resilience-building projects.

Host location: Oakland


State Coastal Conservancy (2)

Established in 1976, the State Coastal Conservancy (SCC) is the non-regulatory coastal management agency for California.  The SCC uses collaborative approaches and works in partnership with local and other public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private landowners to protect and restore coastal lands, waterways, and watersheds, to improve public access and recreational opportunities, and to sustain local economies. The SCC works along the entire coast, within coastal watersheds, and throughout the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.  In 2012, the legislature and governor empowered the SCC with a new authority to prepare for and mitigate the effects of climate change.

Host location: Oakland


State Water Resources Control Board (2)

Division of Water Quality 
& Office of Information Management and Analysis 

The State Water Resources Control Board was created by the legislature in 1967. Our mission is to preserve, enhance and restore the quality of California’s water resources, and ensure their proper allocation and efficient use for the benefit of present and future generations. The Ocean Unit is under the Surface Water Branch of the Division of Water Quality. The Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) is part of the State Water Board’s Office of Information Management and Analysis. 

Host location: Sacramento