Jobs and Internships

For more than 25 years, San Francisco Baykeeper has been the Bay’s most effective advocate, taking on the greatest threats to the health of the Bay and the wildlife and communities that depend on it. Baykeeper uses advocacy, science, and legal action to rein in Bay pollution, and engages a diverse community of stakeholders to protect water quality, improve climate resilience, and restore habitat health.

The following positions are currently available at San Francisco Baykeeper.

Event Intern

San Francisco Baykeeper is looking for an enthusiastic volunteer intern to help produce the 4th annual Bay Parade. The Event Intern will work closely with the Development Team on all stages of planning and executing this July 9th event. 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 marketing, communications, and nonprofit fundraising 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, May to July. The Event Intern will volunteer in Baykeeper’s Oakland office one to two days per week. A consistent weekly schedule, to be arranged upon starting, is preferred. Exact start and end dates flexible. Must be available all day on Sunday, July 9th.

Overview of Responsibilities

  • Conduct individual outreach via phone and email to Bay Parade participants to ensure everyone is prepared for the event and understands event requirements.
  • Support participants’ fundraising from their networks.
  • Track fundraising progress and coordinate prizes for fundraisers and sponsors.
  • Research event and recreational websites for publicizing Baykeeper events, and identify key channels for reaching and activating our target audiences. Produce and upload publicity content to these external sites.
  • Assist with the development of a comprehensive participant information packet to distribute to registrants prior to the Bay Parade.
  • Prepare registrant lists.
  • 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 organize event supplies.
  • Assist with occasional administrative tasks to support Baykeeper events.


  • 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;
  • Experience with and interest in project management, including setting and meeting deadlines, and managing multiple moving parts at once;
  • Highly detail oriented, and will take the time to do things right;
  • Ability to create high-quality Excel spreadsheets. Experience with Mail Merge between Excel and Word a plus;
  • Experience with basic graphic design a plus;
  • Willingness to assist with small administrative tasks as needed.

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. Specific questions about the position may be sent to


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 Director.

  • 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 field trainings, investigations, or boat patrols. 
  • Commitment: Starting immediately, 10-15 hours a week, location can vary (occasional remote work is possible, however Baykeeper's office is preferable).
  • Compensation: This is an unpaid volunteer position.


  • Available on a regular schedule for at least 5 months;
  • Comfortable in an office setting working with computers, websites, online databases, and complex research topics;
  • Ability to create high-quality Excel spreadsheets and Microsoft Word graphics, such as tables and graphs;
  • Resourceful, excellent problem solver;
  • Online research experience;
  • Ability to navigate social media sites;
  • Willingness to assist with small administrative tasks is a plus;
  • Punctuality, positive attitude, demonstrated commitment to Bay stewardship, and good people skills are also strongly desired.

How to Apply

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." Position will remain open until filled. For more information, 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. For the summer months, Baykeeper requests full-time clerks with a 10-week commitment (note: the summer 2017 position has been filled). For the fall and spring semesters, Baykeeper requests a minimum of 10 hours per week for 10 weeks.


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

This position has been filled for summer 2017. We are currently accepting applications for spring and fall 2017.

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