Jobs and Internships

Baykeeper defends San Francisco Bay from the biggest threats and holds polluters accountable. Using a unique combination of science, policy, and law, we’ve achieved over 250 legal victories to reduce pollution from industrial facilities, stopped sewage spills to the Bay by 75% from 10 cities, passed new state laws to keep oil and coal pollution out of the Bay, and strengthened local laws regulating toxic pollutants like mercury, dioxins, and selenium to protect the Bay’s wildlife and residents. We’re now approaching our 30th year of Bay protection.

The following positions are currently available at San Francisco Baykeeper.

Managing Scientist

The Managing Scientist is a new director-level position at Baykeeper that will be responsible for managing our science-based advocacy program to protect the water quality and habitat of San Francisco Bay. The position will also provide analytical support to our legal program. We’re looking for a seasoned manager with science and policy expertise relevant to the health and restoration of the San Francisco Bay watershed. This full-time position reports to the Executive Director and is a member of Baykeeper’s leadership team.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Program Leadership

  • Oversee Baykeeper’s science and policy program to maintain our effective science-based advocacy, provide scientific support to our legal program, and identify and analyze emerging threats to the Bay.
  • Work collaboratively with our legal team to define and manage Baykeeper’s policy advocacy priorities and to ensure that our policy positions are supported by sound technical and legal analysis.
  • Direct field investigations, including pollution monitoring, patrol programs (marine, aerial, and drone), and hotline response.
  • Manage the operating budget for the science and policy program by developing an annual program budget, managing expenditures, and updating budget forecasts throughout the year.
  • Supervise the science and policy staff, currently comprised of a Field Investigator, Staff Scientist, and occasional policy interns. Assign projects and duties among team members to best utilize available skills, expertise, and resources. Oversee professional development plans and performance evaluations for supervisees.
  • Represent the science and policy program at the leadership and Board levels and provide updates to staff and Board, as needed.

Science and Advocacy

  • Direct Baykeeper’s scientists, providing technical and scientific expertise for all Baykeeper program work.
  • Collaborate closely with the Managing Attorney and Executive Director to integrate sound scientific analysis across program areas.
  • Hold overall responsibility for identifying, evaluating, and managing effective scientific strategies. Directly manage the science staff to track and assess scientific aspects of water quality policies and permits at local, regional, and state levels (i.e., NPDES permits, EIRs, ESA Biological opinions, 303(d) listings, development proposals, etc.) and recommend organizational policy positions.
  • Provide written comments and oral testimony to scientifically strengthen regulatory policies before regulatory agencies, legislative bodies, and in legal proceedings.
  • Cultivate relationships and partnerships with scientists and policy experts at non-governmental organizations, regulatory agencies, and educational institutions.
  • Represent Baykeeper in stakeholder meetings involving technical or scientific issues related to water quality policy and other matters.
  • Stay current with scientific and technical literature, especially related to the Bay’s ecosystem, emerging threats, and solutions to the Bay’s biggest issues.
  • Regularly update science, policy, and legal staff on changing ecological threats and opportunities for the Bay in order to assist planning and pursuing long-term strategies.

Litigation Support

  • Assist legal staff in identifying pollution sources and pollutants for further investigation.
  • Assist with identifying and gathering factual evidence necessary to support litigation, including site observations and sampling.  
  • Accompany legal staff on site visits and in settlement negotiations to provide technical support.
  • Provide written and oral testimony in legal proceedings.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and Managing Attorney to develop and execute comprehensive annual and multi-year strategic program plans that achieve measurable results.
  • Conduct interviews with media and others as necessary to promote scientific understanding of the Bay environment and further Baykeeper program priorities.
  • Provide policy updates and scientific content to assist communications staff with outreach materials and website; and draft position papers for Baykeeper communications.
  • Assist fundraising staff with requested information for grant proposals and reporting.
  • Contribute to a cohesive and collegial Baykeeper team.
  • Other duties as needed or required.

Essential Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in related science field with strong background in ecology and water quality required. Specific knowledge of the San Francisco Bay ecosystem and familiarity with water quality issues and clean water laws is strongly preferred.
  • Ability to effectively manage a small team of committed scientific and policy staff and demonstrated professional experience directly supervising at least one full-time staff person.
  • Proven ability to exercise sound judgment and reflect organizational values, even in stressful situations; ability from a management standpoint to respond appropriately to sensitive inquiries or HR matters and to maintain confidentiality where required.
  • Experience working under pressure and on deadline to develop, lead, and implement projects in a timely and effective manner.
  • Ability to manage a program budget.
  • Strong organizational, research, and analytical skills to recommend and implement programmatic policies and activities with supporting data and reasoning.
  • Comfort with investigating pollution issues, being on the water and participating in aerial patrols on small aircraft, and participating in fieldwork, including in inclement weather and/or outside of normal business hours.
  • Interest in taking a leadership role in a collaborative, visionary, and strategic organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate technical and scientific information into oral and written communication for a lay audience, regulatory agencies, and legislative bodies. Experience as an organizational spokesperson for external communications and media.
  • Knowledge and experience working with fundraising and communications staff, interacting with foundation officers and other funders, and supporting grant applications and reporting.
  • A personal and professional commitment to environmental stewardship and passion for applying that commitment to the mission and values of Baykeeper. 
  • A sense of humor, grace under pressure, and a high regard for honesty and transparency.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position will supervise other employees and volunteers.

Physical Demands

The physical demands of this position include utilizing computer equipment, participating in public meetings, travel by vehicle, boat, and small aircraft, and visual and sensory inspections on and around the Bay. These demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Baykeeper provides equal employment and advancement opportunities to everyone. Employment decisions are based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. 

Compensation, Benefits, and Culture 

This is a full-time, exempt position reporting to the Executive Director. The salary for this position ranges from $90,000 to $102,000 depending upon relevant experience and qualifications. Baykeeper places the highest value on its employees and employee retention and is committed to continuously building on our collaborative and flexible workplace environment. We value a healthy work-life balance and offer a competitive benefits package, which currently includes comprehensive medical and dental coverage for eligible employees with no employee premium contribution, an employer 401(k) contribution following one year, options for pre-tax flexible spending accounts for medical, transit, and dependent care costs, professional development opportunities and training, and generous paid time off.


If you’re interested in and qualified for this position, please send a cover letter along with your résumé to, subject line “[YOUR LAST NAME], Managing Scientist.” If your materials indicate a potential match for our requirements, we will contact you. Please, no phone calls or emails to the office regarding this opening. We will begin interviews in early December, and the position will remain open until filled.

Event Intern

San Francisco Baykeeper is looking for an enthusiastic volunteer intern to help produce our annual event, the Baykeeper Dinner. The Event Intern will work closely with the Development Team on all stages of planning and executing the Baykeeper Dinner. The intern will support other outreach events and department projects as needed.

The ideal person for this position is passionate about environmental protection and looking to develop skills in event production. The Event Intern will also gain experience in nonprofit fundraising, marketing, and database management during their time with Baykeeper.

This is an unpaid volunteer internship. Arrangements can be made to meet requirements for class credit.

Time Commitment: 5-15 hours a week, January to March. The Event Intern will volunteer in Baykeeper’s Oakland office one to two days per week during regular business hours. A consistent weekly schedule, to be arranged upon starting, is preferred. Exact start and end dates flexible. Must be available all day on Sunday, March 3, 2019 for the Baykeeper Dinner.

Overview of Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the Baykeeper Dinner silent auction: prepare item descriptions and display materials, oversee auction at the event, conduct follow-up with item winners, and create internal report on auction results.
  • Prepare registration lists and other event materials.
  • Prepare and manage event supplies and assist with on-site setup/breakdown.
  • Day-of, ensure that all pieces are in place for a successful event, be prepared to troubleshoot any problems that may arise, and provide attendee support to ensure all participants have a top-notch experience.
  • Following the event, assist with appropriate thank-you messages and prompt follow-up for participants, sponsors, and donors; record attendee details; and catalogue event supplies.
  • Assist with database support tasks including entering new contacts and gifts and producing thank-you letters.
  • May attend occasional outreach events to represent Baykeeper as needed.


  • Passion for San Francisco Baykeeper’s mission;
  • Strong interest in event production and working with small nonprofits;
  • High level of professionalism in communication, quality of work, and interpersonal interactions;
  • Highly detail oriented, and will take the time to do things right;
  • Ability to create high-quality spreadsheets. Experience with Mail Merge between Excel and Word a plus;
  • Willingness to assist with all parts, large or small, of putting on a successful event;
  • Punctuality, positive attitude, and good people skills are also strongly desired.

How to Apply

Send your application to describing why you are interested in working with San Francisco Baykeeper, what you hope to gain from this internship, and what skills, interests, or experience you bring to the role. If you have relevant experience, please include a resume. The subject line should read "[Your Last Name], Event Internship." Internship will remain open until filled.

Policy Research Intern

San Francisco Baykeeper is looking for an enthusiastic intern to conduct in-depth research and analysis and develop informational materials related to pollution in San Francisco Bay. This volunteer intern will work closely with Baykeeper’s program team of scientists and lawyers.

  • Training: Intern will work in the Baykeeper office and develop an understanding about the Bay's watershed, pollution threats, environmental policies and local governmental agencies. Intern may also occasionally participate in hearings, field trainings, investigations, or boat patrols. 
  • Commitment: 10-15 hours a week.
  • Compensation: This is an unpaid volunteer position.


  • Available on a regular schedule for at least 3 months;
  • Comfortable in an office setting working with computers, websites, online databases, and complex research topics;
  • Ability to create Excel spreadsheets and Microsoft Word graphics, such as tables and graphs;
  • Resourceful, excellent problem solver;
  • Online research experience;
  • Willingness to assist with administrative tasks;
  • Punctuality, positive attitude, demonstrated commitment to an environmental career path, and good people skills are also strongly desired.

How to Apply

We are accepting applications for Summer 2019 interns. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting in March 2019 until the position is filled. 

Provide a short email expressing your interest and describing why you are a good fit for the position, a resume, and two references to The subject line should read "[Your Last Name], Internship." For inquiries, email

Law Clerk

San Francisco Baykeeper is seeking law clerks to work on our citizen enforcement program in San Francisco.  Since 1989, Baykeeper has been the leading citizen group protecting San Francisco Bay, using science, litigation, and advocacy to strengthen clean water laws and hold polluters accountable. Law clerks will assist Baykeeper attorneys on all aspects of our enforcement program under the Clean Water Act and other state and federal environmental laws. Tasks include investigating pollution complaints, legal research, drafting legal documents, monitoring compliance with past settlement agreements, attending hearings and public meetings, and patrolling the Bay on the Baykeeper boat.


Litigation and Enforcement

  • Research and investigate new pollution cases;
  • Research and draft memos on case law, statutes, and regulations;
  • Assist in-house attorneys and outside counsel in drafting legal documents;
  • Conduct compliance monitoring on settled cases;
  • Attend court hearings and settlement negotiations as appropriate;
  • Assist with filing, correspondence, or document review as needed. 

Administrative Advocacy

  • Represent and advocate on behalf of Baykeeper at local agency hearings;
  • Research and prepare comments on agency regulations and permits;
  • Draft memos on technical and legal aspects of water quality regulations;
  • Research pollutants and their associated land uses;
  • Assist with press releases, outreach efforts, and public events


  • At least one year of law school;
  • Excellent legal research and writing skills;
  • A solid academic record;
  • Ability to thrive in a friendly, informal setting;
  • Demonstrated commitment to environmental protection;
  • Significant knowledge of environmental and administrative laws a plus.

How to Apply

We are currently accepting applications for Summer 2019 and Fall 2019.

Send a cover letter, resume, three references, a current transcript, and a 5-10 page legal writing sample to