Legal Interships

Job Announcement

Full or Part-time Volunteer Positions available at BCDC

Legal internships, generally eligible for academic credit, are available at the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) for the Spring and Fall semesters, and during the Summer.  BCDC is the nation's first state coastal management agency established in 1965 to protect San Francisco Bay and the Suisun Marsh.  BCDC issues permits for projects in and along the Bay and Marsh, and develops plans and policies to address a variety of issues that affect the Bay including climate change and sea level rise, public access and wetlands. Commissioners represent state and local governmental bodies around the Bay.

Legal Internships

Legal interns work with BCDC Legal Counsel and Regulatory Program staff on a variety of issues:  

  • Assist the preparation of staff reports, regulations, and amendments to the Bay Plan and California Coastal Management Program.
  • Analyze legislation and litigation affecting the Commission.
  • Prepare public access and open space agreements, and respond to Public Record Act requests.
  • Work on enforcement cases with Legal Counsel and enforcement staff.
  • Research and analyze legal issues.
  • Attend staff meetings, Commission hearings, and meetings with permit applicants.
  • Accompany staff members on site visits.
  • Other related legal duties as assigned.


Legal interns must have a college undergraduate degree and completed at least one year of an accredited law school.  Knowledge of federal and state environmental laws and regulations, land use planning and property law is desirable.  Strong writing and analytical skills and ability to work with others are critical.


Please send a resume, cover letter, transcript, writing sample, and references to

Greg Scharff, Chief Counsel
SF Bay Conservation & Development Commission
375 Beale St., 5th Floor, Suite 510
San Francisco, CA 94105

BCDC is an employer offering equal employment and advancement opportunities to all persons without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age or sexual orientation. It is the objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with state law, civil service rules and the special trust placed in public servants.