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.

Development Associate

San Francisco Baykeeper seeks an organized, dedicated, and passionate environmental advocate to play an essential role in our fundraising program as the Development Associate.

The Development Associate supports all fundraising and relationship development with individual and corporate contacts; helps plan and execute Baykeeper’s fundraising and outreach events, including the Bay Parade (our annual on-the-water recreation festival); and ensures both seamless operations internally as well as excellent interactions with Baykeeper supporters and event participants.

This position offers an outstanding opportunity to develop core skills in nonprofit fundraising, operations, and event management. The Development Associate reports to the Development Director and works closely as a team with the Development Director, Communications Associate, Staff Writer, and Executive Director to advance Baykeeper’s mission to protect SF Bay and build strong external relationships.


The Development Associate position is essential to the success of San Francisco Baykeeper’s fundraising programs. The Development Associate will:

  • Assist in developing and executing fundraising strategies such as identifying appropriate communications for different audiences; helping plan and execute interactions with key donor audiences; and researching new potential supporters.
  • Manage Baykeeper’s donor database and internal practices to ensure thorough and accurate data capture, and implement database or data practice improvements whenever possible. Process donations and produce timely acknowledgements for contributions from a wide range of sources and audiences.
  • Plan and execute Baykeeper events, including overseeing all event logistics, online systems, sponsorship development, participant registration, and participant fundraising, for events including the Baykeeper Dinner, Bay Parade, Water Forum, and other smaller events.
  • Coordinate and oversee, with appropriate staff and vendors, all mailings to supporters, including audience segmentation, mailing lists, print production, and online systems.
  • Recruit, train, and manage department volunteers, including seasonal interns.
  • Manage some operational tasks including answering phones.


Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • 2-3 years direct experience managing projects in a fast-paced, professional environment; experience in a development office is strongly preferred.
  • Experience managing contact and contribution (or comparable) records in CiviCRM (or comparable system such as SalesForce or Raiser’s Edge), and a dedication to ensuring complete accuracy in donor and event records.
  • Experience coordinating event logistics, and a willingness to manage tasks small to large to ensure the highest quality events.
  • Experience engaging and supporting external stakeholder audiences like donors, sponsors, event participants, and volunteers.
  • Excellent skills in Microsoft Excel.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Superior attention to detail.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and strategically plan short- and long-term goals.
  • A collaborative and team-oriented nature.
  • Basic skills in Drupal (or comparable) content management system and Adobe design software.
  • Experience in nonprofit fundraising will be highly valued.
  • Demonstrated commitment to environmental protection preferable.
  • Availability to work extended hours for events on evenings and weekends.

Physical Demands

The physical demands of the tasks described here include utilizing computer, phone, and copying equipment, participating in public events, occasional travel, and visual design work. This position also requires the ability to lift and handle event supplies and equipment. 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, non-exempt position reporting to the Development Director. The starting salary for this position is $22.11 per hour (or $46,000 per year, assuming a typical 40-hour work week). 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 professional development, a healthy work-life balance, and offer a competitive compensation and benefits package, which currently includes comprehensive medical and dental coverage for eligible employees, an employer 401(k) contribution following one year of employment, options for pre-tax flexible spending accounts for medical and dependent care costs, and generous paid time off.


If you are interested in and qualified for this position, please send your résumé and a cover letter to, subject line “[YOUR LAST NAME], Development Associate.” If your materials indicate a potential match to our requirements, we will contact you. Please, no phone calls or emails to the office regarding this opening. Position open until filled; interviews will begin early May.


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