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:

Grant Writer

Baykeeper is seeking an experienced writer for a part-time Grant Writer position to support Baykeeper’s grant docket and fundraising work. The Grant Writer will create materials primarily for grant proposals and reports to private funders, as well as materials for individual donors such as appeals and thank you letters. This is a non-exempt, 20 hour per week position with a competitive benefits package.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Produce funder proposals, reports, and mailings. Update existing content with new work, adapt writing from other channels for target audiences, and/or draft new material as needed. Identify source content needed from program staff. Incorporate edits and feedback from staff review. Select and incorporate photos, and gather and update supporting attachments, as needed.
  • Conduct research on new potential funders and draft letters of inquiry meeting their guidelines.
  • Write fundraising solicitations and donor communications for individual supporters. Write and update acknowledgement letters to thank foundation, corporate, and individual donors.
  • Assist with grant deadline & deliverables tracking.

Essential Qualifications

  • 3-5 years of experience in writing, messaging, and/or communications. Experience with writing in the nonprofit sector for foundation audiences is especially relevant.
  • Strong writing skills and careful reading skills and attention to detail. Ability to manage multiple edits in documents.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with team members to develop content and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated personal or professional passion for Baykeeper’s mission to protect the Bay.

Work Location

Baykeeper's office is located in downtown Oakland, convenient to BART and other public transit. Our staff is currently fully remote, with the intention of shifting to a hybrid in-person and remote work environment once public health conditions allow safely returning to the office.

Physical Demands

The physical demands of this position include utilizing computer equipment and communicating with colleagues. 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, 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 for this position is $28.85 per hour with an expectation to work 20 hours per week (approximate annual earnings of $30,000).

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 for employees working full days, employer-paid comprehensive medical and dental coverage for employee who work 20 hours or more per week; 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.


If you are interested in this position and meet a majority of the qualifications, please send a cover letter and resumé to, subject line “YOUR LAST NAME, Grant Writer.” If your materials indicate a potential match for our requirements, we will contact you. Professional writing samples, references, and/or a writing exercise may be requested from selected candidates. Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis. Position open until filled with a flexible start date.

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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