Regional Offices - San Francisco

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Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance, San Francisco, Region IX
333 Bush Street, Suite 515
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone number: 415-296-3355
States: AS, AZ, CA, CNMI, GU, HI, NV

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Name Title
Janet Whitlock Regional Environmental Officer

Principal Program Areas

Principal program areas of the Regional Office include:

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

The office assures compliance with NEPA through review of environmental documents and by providing environmental compliance consultation with bureaus.

Federal Project Reviews

The office manages the Interior's technical and policy reviews of the environmental and natural resource aspects of non-Interior projects and proposals through NEPA, FERC, and other environmental reviews in Region IX.

Emergency Response & Hazardous Material Management

The office coordinates, provides leadership, and promotes consistency in the Department's responses to incidents affecting natural and cultural resources, and historic properties, lands and facilities under the Department's jurisdiction.

During and following oil discharges, hazardous substance releases, and natural disasters, the office assists the Interior's bureaus in the coordination and oversight of remedial, corrective, and management actions (including removals at hazardous materials sites under Superfund in Region IX).

The office also represents the Interior on the Regional Response Teams.

Hazardous Materials Management

The Office assists headquarters and bureaus in the coordination and oversight of remedial, corrective, and management actions of the Department.

Staff Support to Secretary

The office, through the headquarters office, advises the Secretary, the Assistant Secretary - Policy, Management and Budget, and other top Departmental officials about policies, programs, and individual actions affecting natural resources and environmental quality in Region IX.

Renewable Energy and Climate Change

The Department of the Interior Office of Environmental Policy & Compliance Region IX (DOI/OEPC-IX) works closely with the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, the Bureau of Reclamation, the Environmental Protection Agency, Fish and Wildlife Service, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Coast Guard, plus various other federal and state agencies for the development of renewable energy and to help identify the impacts to Departmental resources as a result of climate change. The office participates in meetings with the Renewable Energy Action Team (REAT), a joint state and federal collaboration, to increase California’s renewable energy portfolio standard.

California Drought Newsletter

The office researches, writes, and distributes the monthly California Drought Newsletter.  It highlights impacts to DOI resources and responses to drought impacts.  Other Federal and State offices contribute to and receive our newsletter, which is also sent to the President's Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) in Washington, DC.

Internship Opportunities

The Department of the Interior, Office of Environmental Policy & Compliance (OEPC), Region IX offers full-time and part-time internship opportunities. Interns are an integral part of the functioning of our office. General office duties include forwarding National Response Center notifications, logging environmental review (ER) notifications, and ensuring that Departmental comments for ERs are filed on time.

As an OEPC intern, you will gain benefits such as: an understanding of existing and evolving regulations and resources; coordinate with Department of the Interior bureaus and other federal, state, and tribal agencies; and reviewing proposed agency actions, and conduct general document research. You will have a hand in several of the OEPC's ongoing projects, which include water policy, California drought, energy regulations, renewable energy projects, Environmental Impact Statement review, oil-by-rail preparedness and response, U.S.-Mexico border cooperation, hazardous waste response and cleanup, and Regional Response Team activities. Depending on the evolving needs of the office, you could be asked to facilitate a new project. We offer these opportunities in a supportive and flexible environment.

In order to qualify for an internship, applicants must be a U.S. citizen and a current student.

How to Apply:

Send cover letter and resume to:

Janet Whitlock, (415) 296-3350 Fax: (415) 773-8334

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