In anwer to Rhys' question, I am now working for the California
Coastal Commission, the state agency charged with implementing the
1976 Coastal Act. (Some of you might be familiar with the Commission
through the Environmental Law course, especially from the Nolan case.)
The Commission employs a number of planners throughout the state and
they are currently hiring in several districts. However, to interview
for a position, you must first pass two qualifying examinations: a
written test and an oral test. It's a rather long process, but once
you're on the list, you qualify to apply for a variety of positions
throughout the state that are categorized as Coastal Program Analyst.
The Commission's headquaters office is in downtown San Francisco (at
the Embarcadero BART stop). The district offices are located in
Eureka, Santa Cruz, Ventura, Long Beach, and San Deigo.
The next written exam will be offered the week of November 13th, but
you need to submit an application by October 23rd to be included in
this round of exams. You can download the forms you need from the
Commission's web site at www.coastal.ca.gov (click on "examinations
and employment announcements" from the left column).
This is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in
environmental issues and coastal management. Some background in
marine science or biology can be helpful, but it is not mandatory.
You will want to read the Coastal Act before taking the exams.
In addition, various departments often need interns. Please give me a
call if you are interested or have questions about applying for jobs
at the Commission.
P.S. Please encourage your classmates to join this group and to post
any job or internship announcements here!