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.

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: 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 3-5 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." This position is filled on a rolling basis. For more information, email

Event Assistant

​San Francisco Baykeeper seeks an organized and dedicated temporary Event Assistant to support our fundraising program, for one to two days a week from February through July, 2018.

The Event Assistant supports all aspects of planning and executing Baykeeper’s signature annual events, the Baykeeper Dinner and the Bay Parade. The Event Assistant will also assist with other outreach and fundraising tasks as needed.​​

The ideal candidate for this position is passionate about environmental protection and willing to help wherever needed. This position offers an outstanding opportunity to develop core skills in event production, fundraising, communications, database management, and nonprofit operations.

The Event Assistant reports to the Development Director and also works closely as a team with the Development Associate and Communications Associate to produce successful events and advance Baykeeper’s mission to protect San Francisco Bay.

This is a part-time, temporary, non-exempt position for 8-16 hours per week, February to July 2018, located in Baykeeper’s downtown Oakland office. A consistent weekly schedule will be arranged with the successful candidate upon starting. The Event Assistant may be asked to work additional hours in the two weeks leading up to major events. Must be available all day on Sunday, March 4, 2018, for the Baykeeper Dinner and all day Sunday, July 15, 2018, for the Bay Parade. Exact start and end dates are flexible.

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.
  • Research event and recreational websites for publicizing Baykeeper events, and identify key channels for reaching and activating our target audiences. Produce and/or upload publicity content to these external sites.
  • Conduct individual outreach via phone and email to Bay Parade participants to ensure everyone is prepared for the event and understands event requirements.
  • Track fundraising progress and coordinate prizes for fundraisers and sponsors.
  • Enter and update event data in CiviCRM, Baykeeper’s donor database.
  • Prepare registration lists and nametags.
  • Prepare and manage event supplies and assist with on-site setup/breakdown.
  • On day of event, 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.
  • As needed, attend outreach events to represent Baykeeper and promote the Bay Parade.
  • Research local businesses that offer fundraising events or donation programs that can support Baykeeper.
  • Assist with occasional administrative tasks to support Baykeeper fundraising.


  • Strong interest in event production and working with small nonprofits; experience coordinating event logistics, and a willingness to manage tasks small to large to ensure the highest quality events.
  • Professionalism in communication, quality of work, and interpersonal interactions.
  • Experience engaging and supporting external audiences similar to donors, sponsors, event participants, and volunteers.
  • 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.
  • Competence in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Docs, including ability to create high-quality spreadsheets. Experience with Mail Merge between Excel and Word a plus.
  • Experience with basic graphic design a plus.
  • Experience with data entry and basic database skills a plus.
  • A collaborative and team-oriented nature.
  • Willingness to assist with small administrative tasks as needed.


The pay rate for this position is $14 per hour.

How to Apply:

Send a letter describing your interest and qualifications for this position, including any relevant work or volunteer history, to The subject line should read "[Your Last Name], Event Assistant." Your letter should describe why you are interested in working with San Francisco Baykeeper, why you are a good fit for the position, and what skills, interests, or experience you will bring to the role. Position will remain open until filled.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands of the tasks described here include utilizing computer, phone, and copying equipment, participating in public events, and occasional travel around the Bay Area. This position also requires the ability to lift and handle event supplies and equipment up to 20lbs. 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.

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.


Litigation and Enforcement

Administrative Advocacy


How to Apply

We are currently accepting applications for summer 2018.

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