Jobs and Internships

Baykeeper defends San Francisco Bay from the biggest threats and holds polluters accountable. For more than 30 years, using science, policy, and law, we’ve achieved over 280 legal victories to stop pollution from industrial facilities, reduced sewage spills to the Bay by 75% from 10 cities, passed new state laws to keep fossil fuel pollution out of the Bay, and strengthened local regulation of toxic pollutants like mercury and selenium to protect the Bay’s wildlife and residents. Press coverage has called Baykeeper "one of the region's most active and most effective defenders of the marine environment."

The following positions are currently available at San Francisco Baykeeper:

Development Manager

Baykeeper’s Development Manager will manage an active docket of foundation and corporate giving programs, including tracking grant deadlines and creating compelling proposal and report content. The Development Manager will also support growth in individual giving, corporate engagement, and membership.

This position offers opportunities for growth across a wide range of responsibilities. The ideal candidate has strong writing and content development skills; enjoys organizing multiple projects and deadlines in a fast-paced environment; and is eager to expand individual and corporate donor engagement in Baykeeper’s mission.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Create compelling content for funders, including proposals and reports to foundations and corporations. Track deadlines and manage internal discussions and schedules for submission. Research new funder prospects and help grow funder support for Baykeeper.
  • Manage cultivation of corporate partners through events and employee engagement. Research new prospects and help grow corporate support for Baykeeper.
  • Manage strategies for individual donor growth through events, mailings, marketing, and volunteer engagement. Support events and other outreach activities for supporter engagement.
  • Create powerful content for engaging individual donors, including appeal mailings, donor reports, and acknowledgements.

Essential Qualifications

  • At least 3 years of experience managing fundraising projects, or an equivalent, in a fast-paced, professional environment; preference for experience in a nonprofit role.
  • Excellent writing skills with experience developing and managing content for multiple audiences and channels.
  • Experience managing and growing relationships with stakeholders or supporters.
  • Attention to detail, a proven ability to stay organized, and an enjoyment of collaborating closely with team members to move projects forward. Willingness to take on a wide variety of tasks in a small nonprofit environment. Strong track record of attendance, punctuality, and meeting deadlines.
  • Experience using Microsoft Word, Excel, Mail Merge, and Google Suite. Experience using a contact relationship database (such as CiviCRM or SalesForce) is a plus.
  • Willingness to travel to and staff events around the Bay Area, transport event supplies, and work occasional extended hours for events on evenings and weekends.
  • Passion for working with nonprofit organizations.

Work Location

The Development Manager is a primarily remote work position and the employee must live in the Bay Area. While working remotely, employees must be online and focused on job duties during regular work hours, typically Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm, including availability for messages, phone calls, and online meetings throughout the day. The Development Manager will be required to work periodically in the Baykeeper office as needed for meetings or other in-person coordination. Baykeeper’s office is located in downtown Oakland, convenient to 19th Street BART station and other public transit.

Physical Demands

The physical demands of this position include utilizing computer equipment; communicating online, via phone, and in-person with colleagues and partners; carrying up to 20 pounds of event materials; operating a vehicle and loading/unloading event supplies; and an ability to access and set up outdoor and indoor event venues. 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.

As a condition of employment, hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination and boosters within four weeks of starting work. Baykeeper allows exceptions for medical and religious accommodations when reasonable; documentation for exemptions is to be submitted to HR within two weeks of starting work.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Baykeeper is committed to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace where we learn and work together to protect the Bay and Bay Area communities. We strongly encourage women, people of color, gender diverse individuals, and other applicants from underrepresented backgrounds in the environmental movement to apply.

Compensation, Benefits, and Values

This is an hourly, non-exempt position reporting to the Development Director. The salary range for this position is $31.25 to $36.06 per hour, depending on experience, with an expectation to work 40 hours per week (typically, Monday through Friday 9-5pm with occasional evenings and weekends) for approximate annual earnings of $65,000 to $75,000.

Baykeeper places the highest value on its employees and employee retention and is committed to continuously building on our collaborative workplace environment. We value a healthy work-life balance and offer a competitive benefits package, which currently includes 30-minute paid lunch time, employer-paid comprehensive medical and dental coverage for employees; an employer 401(k) contribution following one year of employment (budget dependent); options for pre-tax flexible spending accounts for medical, transit, and dependent care costs; professional development opportunities and training; and generous paid time off for a diverse range of holidays and social justice activism.


We encourage applications from all who are interested in the position and meet a majority of the qualifications. To apply, please send a cover letter and an updated resumé to, subject line “YOUR LAST NAME, Development Manager.” Please use your cover letter to tell us briefly (1-page maximum) why you want to work for Baykeeper and what experiences you have that make you a good fit for this position. If your materials indicate a potential match for our requirements, we will contact you. References and/or sample professional material may be requested from selected candidates. Position open until filled, with an anticipated start date in May.

We want to ensure that people with a wide range of lived experiences and backgrounds hear about and apply for this position. Please help us share the job opening widely:

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 accepting applications for summer 2023 until January 20, 2023. 

To apply, prepare 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.

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