A Day in the Life with a California Coastal Conservancy Project Development Analyst – Meet Julia!

“The very best part of my job is the incredible team of creative and dedicated people I work with, both at the Conservancy and with our local project partners!”

Headshot of Julia Elkin, Project Development Analyst for the California Coastal Conservancy, with a seaweed crown on headMeet Julia Elkin, Conservancy Project Development Analyst for the California Coastal Conservancy, and next up in our Day in the Life series.

Julia has always been passionate about the outdoors, but she never really considered a career in environmental sciences as an option when she was in school. After college, she applied for an environmental educator role with a non-profit, which lead to 5 years of hands-on lessons in environmental issues. Along with those participating in the educational experiences, Julia herself was constantly learning more about environmental issues. “Teaching was very rewarding but I knew I wanted to get involved in on-the-ground climate adaptation projects,” Julia said. Julia then went back to school for a Masters in Ecology and Environmental Policy, after which she applied for her current job at the California Coastal Conservancy.

In her current role, Julia manages publicly-funded grants to local governments, Tribal governments, and non-profits for climate adaptation and public access projects along the coast. Julia believes grant management is about a lot more than just finances; it means being a resource for people developing the projects, working as a partner on project designs, and providing technical assistance. “A really fun part of my job is building relationships with people and organizations to understand the work they’re trying to achieve, and then connecting them with other people and resources that can make those efforts become a reality,” says Julia. Even more impactful than the work itself, Julia credits much of her fulfillment in her role to her team. “The very best part of my job is the incredible team of creative and dedicated people I work with, both at the Conservancy and with our local project partners!” Julia expressed.

Group photo of California Coastal Conservancy staff membersIn the future, Julia is excited to support a number of climate resilience and green infrastructure projects that are currently being planned for the Humboldt Bay region. Julia says the energy and commitment of Humboldt Bay’s local governments and non-profits to meet the challenges of sea level rise is truly inspiring. “It is incredibly motivating to support their efforts and help achieve tangible, positive change on the ground,” Julia mentioned.

Interested in joining #TeamResources and protecting California’s pristine coastlines while building relationships along the way like Julia? Check out our open positions by visiting resources.ca.gov/Careers.

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