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.

Event Intern

San Francisco Baykeeper is looking for an enthusiastic volunteer intern to help produce our premiere annual event, the Baykeeper Bay Parade. The Event Intern will work closely with the Development team on all stages of planning and executing the Bay Parade. 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 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: 5-15 hours a week, June to August. The Event Intern will volunteer in Baykeeper’s Oakland office one to two days per week during regular business hours. A consistent weekly schedule, to be arranged upon starting, is preferred. Exact start and end dates flexible. Must be available all day on Sunday, August 11, 2019, for the Bay Parade.

Overview of Responsibilities:

  • 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.
  • Attend occasional outreach events to represent Baykeeper and promote the Bay Parade.
  • 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 other event materials.
  • 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.
  • Research local businesses that offer fundraising events or donation programs that can support Baykeeper.
  • Assist with database support tasks including entering new contacts and gifts and producing thank-you letters, and assist with occasional mailing production.


  • 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

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: 10-15 hours a week.
  • Compensation: This is an unpaid volunteer position.


  • Available on a regular schedule for at least 3 months;
  • Comfortable in an office setting working with computers, websites, online databases, and complex research topics;
  • Ability to create Excel spreadsheets and Microsoft Word graphics, such as tables and graphs;
  • Resourceful, excellent problem solver;
  • Online research experience;
  • Willingness to assist with administrative tasks;
  • Punctuality, positive attitude, demonstrated commitment to an environmental career path, and good people skills are also strongly desired.

How to Apply

We are accepting applications for Summer 2019 interns. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting in March 2019 until the position is filled. 

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." For inquiries, 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.


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

We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020.

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