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. We’re now approaching our 30th year of Bay protection.

The following positions are currently available at San Francisco Baykeeper:

Communications Director

Baykeeper is seeking an experienced Communications Director to lead our communications program. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Communications Director will set and guide communications strategy to raise awareness of Baykeeper’s work. This is a new director-level, leadership position instrumental to the success of Baykeeper’s communications program and our overall mission to defend the Bay.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Communications Plan: Create a strategic plan to increase organizational visibility and promote Baykeeper’s work by identifying key audience targets and setting goals for increasing engagement across all platforms; oversee implementation and adjustment as needed.
  • Digital Strategy: Develop and execute a digital media strategy within the communications plan that consistently distributes relevant and engaging content via Baykeeper’s social media platforms, website, email newsletters, and other digital channels to increase visibility and audience engagement.
  • Media Strategy: Develop a proactive media outreach strategy that facilitates media inquiries, pitches stories and secures media opportunities for organizational spokespeople, cultivates relationships with local and national journalists, and tracks relevant media stories and trends.
  • Content Creation: Oversee and help create all written and visual communications content under the communications plan and digital and media strategies, including graphic assets such as photos, video, logos, and other materials.
  • Staff Management: Supervise, manage, and regularly evaluate and support the Communications Associate to implement the organization’s communications goals.
  • Contractor and Volunteer Management: Manage outside contractors and volunteers working with Baykeeper to fulfill communications needs, including graphic designers, printers, web developers, writers, photographers, and filmmakers.
  • Brand Alignment: Maintain the Baykeeper brand and ensure brand alignment in overall aesthetic, design, and language across the organization in public-facing communications.
  • Program Collaboration: Work with the Executive Director, and other directors as needed, to effectively use organizational communications to support Baykeeper program priorities. Get ahead of stories related to our core program areas to make the most of big public moments.
  • Fundraising Collaboration: Partner closely with the Development Director and Executive Director to support fundraising activities and corporate engagement, including events, narratives, and collateral to drive donor development. Contribute to content writing of grant reports and foundation proposals as needed.
  • Budget Management: Develop and manage an annual communications budget in collaboration with the Finance Director and other directors as needed.
  • Internal Reporting: Represent the communications program internally and provide well-informed updates to staff and Board.
  • Organizational Values: Bring leadership attributes of integrity, transparency, equity, and inclusion to contribute positively to a passionate, hardworking, efficient, and collegial team.
  • Other: Duties as needed or required.

Essential Qualifications

  • Significant experience working in communications or development, with at least three years of director-level experience leading a communications strategy.
  • Outstanding writing and editing skills with an ability to craft compelling narratives that educate our audiences and inspire them to take action.
  • Experience directly managing staff and consultants in a collaborative and professional manner.
  • Ability to design and implement successful communications campaigns through digital media channels and traditional media, and experience executing a strategic communications plan, with direct responsibility for outcomes.
  • Demonstrated experience translating legal and scientific information for non-technical audiences and maintaining brand voice across platforms and audiences.
  • Proven project management skills, with ability to set and meet multiple internal and external deadlines and follow through to successfully complete projects.
  • Ability to independently problem-solve, make key decisions, and build collaborative partnerships with colleagues. Ability to exercise sound judgment and reflect organizational values, even in stressful situations.
  • Ability to create, manage, and adhere to a budget.
  • Strong team ethic and integrity, with a desire to play a leadership role at a collaborative, inclusive, and highly-effective organization.
  • Demonstrated personal or professional passion for Baykeeper’s mission to protect the Bay.

Supervisory Responsibilities
This position will supervise other employees and volunteers.

Physical Demands
The physical demands of this position include utilizing computer equipment, traveling to and actively participating in public meetings, verbal communications with media representatives, contractors, and others both in person and by telephone, and occasional travel by vehicle and boat around the Bay. 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 participate in the application process or to perform the essential functions.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Baykeeper is committed to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace where we learn and work together to protect the Bay. We strongly encourage applicants from underrepresented backgrounds in the environmental movement to apply.

Compensation, Benefits, and Values
This is a full-time, exempt position reporting to the Executive Director. The salary for this position ranges from $95,000 to $105,000 depending upon relevant experience and qualifications. 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 a healthy work-life balance and offer a competitive benefits package, which currently includes comprehensive medical and dental coverage for eligible employees (with no required employee premium contribution), an employer 401(k) contribution following one year, options for pre-tax flexible spending accounts for medical, transit, and dependent care costs, professional development opportunities and training, and generous paid time off.

If you are interested in this position and meet a majority of the essential qualifications, please send a cover letter and resumé in PDF format to, subject line “YOUR LAST NAME, Communications Director.” If your materials indicate a potential match for our requirements, we will contact you. Professional writing samples and references will be requested from candidates chosen for interviews; a writing exercise will be required of finalists for the position. Please, no phone calls or emails to the office regarding this opening. Position open until filled; interviews will be scheduled as early as January 10, 2020 with an anticipated start date in February 2020.

Event Intern

San Francisco Baykeeper is looking for an enthusiastic event intern to help produce our two annual events, the Baykeeper Dinner and the Bay Parade. The Event Intern will work closely with the Development Associate and other team members on planning and executing both events. The intern will also 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 gain experience in nonprofit fundraising, marketing, and database management during their time with Baykeeper.

This is an unpaid volunteer internship. Arrangements can be made to meet requirements for class credit.

Time Commitment: On average, 5 hours a week, and up to 15 hours a week leading up to events, January 2020 to July 2020. The Event Intern will volunteer in Baykeeper’s Oakland office one to three days per week during regular business hours. A consistent weekly schedule, to be arranged upon starting, is preferred. Exact start and end dates flexible.

Overview of Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the silent auction for the Baykeeper Dinner: 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.
  • Attend outreach events to represent Baykeeper and promote the Bay Parade; assist with shoreline cleanups.
  • Prepare registration lists and other event materials.
  • 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 catalogue event supplies.
  • Assist with database tasks including entering new contacts and gifts and producing thank-you letters.
  • Research local businesses that offer fundraising events or donation programs that can support Baykeeper.


  • Passion for San Francisco Baykeeper’s mission;
  • Interest and experience in event production and working with small nonprofits;
  • High level of professionalism in communication, quality of work, and interpersonal interactions, as well as punctuality, positive attitude, and good people skills;
  • Ability to create and manage spreadsheets; experience with contact databases and Mail Merge between Excel and Word a plus;
  • Highly detail oriented, and will take the time to do things right; and
  • Willingness to assist with all parts, large or small, of putting on a successful event.

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

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

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 spring and summer 2020.

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

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

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