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. 

The following positions are currently available at San Francisco Baykeeper:

GIS Intern (unpaid)

Baykeeper is seeking a skilled volunteer GIS intern for research assistance in an Environmental Justice mapping project. The successful applicant will assist Baykeeper in mapping Bay Area population demographics to assess community vulnerability to sea level rise and contaminated lands throughout the region. This position will generate detailed maps for internal risk assessment purposes as well as user-friendly interactive maps to be used in Baykeeper's educational outreach and policy advocacy. Applicants should be comfortable using ArcMap and ArcGIS Online and preferably have a background in political science, environmental policy, environmental sciences, geography. Position responsibilities may be extended (by mutual agreement of the intern and Senior Scientist) to include additional mapping or other investigation projects for Baykeeper.

The intern will use their own computer, phone, and office space, and must be available for weekly virtual meetings.

Required Experience: Successful completion of an introductory GIS course before January 2021
Preferred Experience: Demonstrated software proficiency through supplemental GIS coursework or practical experience
Time commitment: minimum 10 hours per week, for 3 months 
Start: December 2020 or January 2021 
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to

Law Clerk

San Francisco Baykeeper is seeking law clerks to work on our citizen enforcement program in San Francisco. Baykeeper defends San Francisco Bay against its biggest threats and holds 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, 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;
  • 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;
  • 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 2021.

For the summer months, Baykeeper requests full-time clerks with a 10-week commitment.

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

Please, no phone calls or emails to the office regarding this position.