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 event intern to help produce our annual on-the-water event, the Bay Parade, which will take place on Sunday, June 21. The Event Intern will work closely with the Development Associate and other team members on planning and executing the event. 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 the Bay Parade. 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:

  • Research event and recreational websites, 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 fall 2020 and spring 2021.

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.