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.

Field Investigator

San Francisco Baykeeper is seeking an enthusiastic water quality scientist and advocate to join our dynamic environmental enforcement program. Since 1989, Baykeeper has been the primary watchdog protecting San Francisco Bay, using science, advocacy, and litigation to strengthen clean water laws and hold polluters and government agencies accountable. Baykeeper’s successes include over 260 legal wins to reduce the runoff of trash, sewage, and industrial pollutants, more than 9,900 hours of Bay patrols to investigate pollution and protect habitat, and sponsorship of many new state laws to keep fossil fuel pollution out of Bay Area communities. The Field Investigator is a two-year paid fellowship position that will report to our Executive Director and will work collaboratively with our scientist, attorneys, volunteers, and partners to identify and stop the biggest sources of pollution to San Francisco Bay.


Investigation & Data Analysis

  • Advance Baykeeper’s mission to protect and restore the water quality and habitat of the San Francisco Bay region by investigating, identifying, sampling, and responding to the most significant pollution threats, including those from municipal stormwater, industrial discharges, marina pollution, fossil fuel expansion, and other sources of pollution in the watershed.
  • Assist in implementing water quality monitoring programs to further Baykeeper’s research, advocacy, and enforcement goals.
  • Conduct site reconnaissance, pollution hotline response, regular patrols on the water, and other investigation as needed in collaboration with the Staff Scientist and in-house attorneys.
  • Collect water samples and other evidence in the field all over the Bay Area and on the Bay to support specific policy advocacy and enforcement actions.
  • Assess and analyze internal and external data and reports and present concise summaries in discussions and writing to inform Baykeeper decisions and positions.
  • Assist with preparation of written technical analysis to supplement and support advocacy positions.

Community Engagement

  • Manage pollution hotline program and response (including related field investigation).
  • Assist with managing Baykeeper boat patrols, calendar, and skipper volunteers.
  • Attend and represent Baykeeper at local agency and public meetings relevant to pollution investigation and response.
  • Conduct outreach to and cultivate relationships with local marinas and on-the-water recreational groups to educate them about best practices to report and stop pollution.
  • Organize and assist with shoreline and marina clean ups and other volunteer activities as identified and prioritized by senior staff.


  • Degree in related field, or suitable related experience, in ecology, hydrology, and/or water quality.
  • Familiarity with water quality, pollution issues, and water policy.
  • Strong desire to conduct fieldwork and investigations on the ground and on the water despite weather conditions or time of day.
  • Willingness to conduct outreach and a positive demeanor to manage volunteers.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and writing skills with good judgment.
  • Ability to successfully manage multiple deadlines.
  • Desire to play an important role at a collaborative, visionary and highly effective organization.
  • Flexibility and good sense of humor with a passion for Baykeeper’s mission to protect the Bay.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position will not hold any supervisory responsibilities but may engage and oversee volunteers.

Physical Demands

The physical demands of this position include frequent travel by vehicle, boat and public transportation, utilizing computer equipment, participating in public meetings, field inspections and monitoring, ability to physically collect water quality samples on and around the Bay and elsewhere in the field, and an ability to carry and lift sampling and other field equipment of up to 50 lbs. 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. 

This position will require occasional work outside of regular work hours and on weekends, particularly during rain events, and is eligible for overtime pay in accordance with federal and state overtime regulations.

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 two-year, full-time, non-exempt position reporting to the Executive Director. The pay range for this position is between $17/hr and $22/hr depending on relevant experience and qualifications.  Baykeeper is committed to supporting a collaborative and flexible workplace environment. We value a healthy work-life balance and offer a generous benefits package, which currently includes comprehensive medical and dental coverage for eligible employees with no employee premium, an employer 401(k) contribution following one year, 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, Field Investigator.” 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. Position open until filled; interviews to begin as soon as March 15, 2017.

Event Intern

San Francisco Baykeeper is looking for an enthusiastic volunteer intern to help produce our annual spring events. The internship’s main focus will be the Baykeeper Dinner and Blue Rivet Awards Celebration. The Event Intern will work closely with the Development Team on all stages of planning and executing this March 5th event. The intern will also work on preparations for the 4th annual Bay Parade and support other 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, starting in early February and continuing at least through March. A longer internship may be arranged upon request. 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, March 5th.

Overview of Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the Baykeeper Dinner silent auction: conduct outreach to auction donors, prepare item descriptions and display materials, oversee auction at the event, conduct follow-up with item winners, and create internal report on auction results.
  • Produce and update content to publicize event on the Baykeeper website and social media.
  • Prepare event registrant lists.
  • Prepare 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.
  • Following the event, assist with appropriate thank-you messages and prompt follow-up with attendees and donors; record attendee details; organize event supplies; and support other follow-up as needed.
  • Support initial outreach for the Bay Parade, including identifying key channels for reaching and activating target audiences, and providing publicity content to these external sites; distributing posters and flyers to target locations; and reaching out to local recreational groups.
  • As time allows, help produce other smaller events and assist with department tasks such as online research, database updates, and mailings.


  • 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;
  • Experience with basic graphic design a plus. If no direct experience, you consider yourself to have an eye for layout, and are interested in learning how to use Adobe creative suite software;
  • Ability to create high-quality Excel spreadsheets. Experience with Mail Merge between Excel and Word a plus;
  • Willingness to assist with small administrative tasks as needed;
  • Availability on occasional weeknights and weekends for additional events a plus.

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 educational or professional experience, please include a resume. The subject line should read "[Your Last Name], Event Internship."

Specific questions about the position may be sent to 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 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