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Save The Bay is the largest regional organization working to protect and restore San Francisco Bay for people and wildlife. We advocate to improve the health and safety of the Bay against threats from climate change and pollution, restore crucial wetlands, and connect people of all ages to the Bay shoreline.

For 60 years we have been the voice of the Bay, leading effective advocacy campaigns to stop massive landfill projects, boost access to the Bay through shoreline parks and trails, expand the nation’s largest urban wildlife refuge, reduce trash flowing to the Bay, create $500 million in public funds to accelerate marsh restoration, and mobilize volunteers to restore the shoreline. Inland and upstream from the shoreline, we work to create Bay Smart Communities where nature grows and people thrive, resilient cities where greater equity and environmental justice create a sustainable future in a time of rapid climate change.

We are always looking for talented and passionate Bay Savers to join our team. To apply for a position at Save The Bay, send your cover letter and resume to jobs@savesfbay.org. Include the position title in the subject line.

Available Positions

Habitat Restoration Director
Political and Community Organizer
Development & Communications Fellowship
Policy Fellowship


Habitat Restoration Director

Save The Bay announces an exciting opportunity for an experienced habitat restoration professional to lead our next phase of program development and strategic growth. Over two decades, Save The Bay has become a Bay Area leader in the science and practice of habitat restoration, focused on tidal marsh transition zone habitat at landscape-scale for recovery of endangered species, and for ecosystem resilience in the face of climate change. We enlist thousands of volunteers annually to restore the shoreline, and educate Bay Area students to be the next generation of Bay stewards through hands-on experiential education and on-line learning.
Read more about our programs here: Restoring our Wetlands, Student Programs, Outdoor Learning Online

The Habitat Restoration Director sets and achieves ambitious goals for Save The Bay’s on-the-ground habitat restoration, community engagement and youth education programs, leading a skilled team to advance Bay restoration science and best practices. Expanding engagement and relationships with underserved communities is a high priority organization-wide for Save The Bay. The Director plans for strategic program growth and sustainability, creates and manages high-level partnerships with government agencies and stakeholders, and helps raise program implementation funds. This position reports to the Executive Director and serves on the organization’s management team.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement Save The Bay’s habitat restoration program to achieve strategic goals in tidal marsh transition zone habitat restoration, community engagement, youth education and institutional partnerships.
  • Ensure delivery of high quality, inclusive volunteer programs for adults, students and businesses that achieve restoration, education and community outreach goals; evaluate program effectiveness to ensure excellence, impact and advancement of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion objectives.
  • Design and implement scientific techniques for successful on-the-ground restoration projects and natural shoreline features that help wetlands and communities adapt to climate change.
  • Supervise, mentor, support and evaluate the Restoration Program Manager and Associate Director, Native Plant Nurseries; hire and manage contractors and consultants as needed; oversee the Habitat Restoration Team of 10 staff and fellows to meet work plan goals.
  • Ensure all staff employ restoration best practices, scientific techniques, and rigorous data analysis; share appropriate information with key restoration practitioners, decision makers and stakeholders.
  • Engage directly with scientists, regulatory agencies, and decision-makers to advance implementation of Baylands Habitat Goals and regional plans for tidal marsh and transition zone habitat.
  • Identify and pursue partnership opportunities, new restoration project sites, and other strategic opportunities, including those that advance with our diversity, equity and inclusion objectives.
  • Contribute to organizational goals and strategies for climate adaptation, restoration policy and funding to ensure scientific integrity and credibility.
  • Serve as Save The Bay spokesperson with target audiences; create opportunities to promote the organization’s leadership in restoration science and implementation.
  • Lead fundraising efforts to grow habitat restoration program and help secure grants and contracts to support program implementation; manage grant and contract invoices and reports.
  • Serve on the organization’s Management Team with other senior directors to advance collaboration, coordination and integration of organization operations; attend and periodically present at Board of Directors meetings.
  • Establish annual work plan goals and develop and manage departmental budget.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Five+ years of experience in wetland restoration ecology, advocacy and program management, and three+ years of experience in staff leadership.
  • Extensive knowledge of estuarine ecology, wetland restoration and wetland biology; experience in overseeing community engagement and environmental education programs highly preferred.
  • Strong supervision and management experience, with demonstrated success leading and motivating employees to set and accomplish ambitious objectives; demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with stakeholders and cultivate new audiences.
  • Strong writing and speaking skills; ability to synthesize complex concepts into clear messages for general and diverse audiences.
  • Enthusiasm for Save The Bay’s mission; creativity and flexibility, with strong problem solving skills and sound judgment.
  • Strong attention to detail, goal-setting, deadlines, and managing priorities; computer proficiency with Windows and Internet research applications.
  • Master’s or other advanced degree in environmental science, natural resource management, earth systems, botany, or biology, or equivalent experience.
  • Ability to conduct restoration field work that involves lifting at least 40 pounds; clean background check.
  • Valid California drivers license; vehicle ownership (or unrestricted access) to use for work purposes is highly desired.

Work Environment and Values:

We welcome people of all cultural backgrounds, gender expression and sexual orientation to apply and thrive with our growing team. Save The Bay is an equal opportunity employer that strives to recruit a diverse workforce and provide an equitable, and inclusive workplace for all.

Save The Bay’s office is closed during the current health pandemic and all 25 employees are working remotely. This position includes significant work at shoreline sites where Save The Bay staff are conducting safe restoration operations. We offer a flexible, virtual work environment and provide equipment, training and frequent virtual opportunities to connect.

Salary and Benefits:

Annual starting salary for this full-time position, exempt position is $110,000, depending on experience. We offer an excellent benefit package including medical, dental, vision, chiropractic, and life insurance; paid vacation, paid holidays and sick time; 403(b) retirement plan.

How to Apply:

This position is open until filled. To apply, please send cover letter and resume to jobs@savesfbay.org. Please make sure to include the position title – Habitat Restoration Director – in the subject line.


Political and Community Organizer

The Political and Community Organizer conducts outreach, develops relationships, and manages strategic collaborations to advance Save The Bay’s climate adaptation and sustainability priorities. We work locally, regionally, and at the state and federal levels to accelerate regional protection from sea level rise and other climate impacts; promote nature-based climate adaptation through restoration of Bay wetlands and urban greening in our cities; and reduce Bay pollution. To build Bay Smart Communities, we promote equitable transit, housing, and access to the Bay, recognizing the disproportionate impact of climate change on the health and safety of vulnerable populations and disadvantaged communities.

The Political and Community Organizer works to secure the support and partnership of elected officials, agencies, community leaders, and organizations for policies and programs that protect the Bay and Bay Area. The Organizer also works closely with our Communications staff to plan and execute digital organizing strategies and advance the organization’s outreach priorities.

We seek a motivated and detail-oriented person who will work both strategically and collaboratively with a wide range of individuals within the organization and externally and be an effective public representative for the organization. This position includes some evening and weekend responsibilities, and travel within the Bay Area when it is safe to do so. This position reports to the Political Director.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement action plans for constituent mobilization and coalition-building strategies to support Save The Bay legislative and policy objectives. These plans and strategies should incorporate goals to improve environmental quality and climate resilience in disadvantaged communities wherever possible.
  • Organize grassroots lobbying efforts by supporters, partners, and allies.
  • Identify and implement digital organizing strategies to achieve policy objectives. Help to develop print and social media content, recruit volunteers, and conduct other outreach and communications.
  • Serve as a primary contact with selected municipal, county, state, and federal elected officials and staff.
  • Serve as the primary contact with organizations advocating for equitable climate resilience, smart growth and sustainable development, affordable housing and public transit, neighborhood improvement, water quality protection, and open space preservation and access. Participate as appropriate in community coalitions and campaigns, including those working with and on behalf of disadvantaged communities.
  • Conduct research, reconnaissance, and outreach on Save The Bay Action Fund political campaign priorities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • At least three years of experience leading organizing efforts for successful issue advocacy campaigns, with increasing levels of responsibility.
  • Strong persuasive writing, research, editing, and public speaking skills.
  • Experience working in multi-disciplinary staff teams, developing and executing work plans, and facilitating meetings.
  • Familiarity with agency and legislative processes and community-based political programs.
  • Experience working effectively with elected and agency officials, community leaders, environmental activists, and diverse groups of other stakeholders.
  • Passion for Save The Bay’s mission.
  • Demonstrated interest in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
  • Demonstrated initiative and creativity; proven ability to work independently and to collaborate effectively.
  • Valid California driver’s license; vehicle ownership (or unrestricted access) to use for work purposes is highly desired.
  • Proficiency with Windows, Microsoft Office, and Internet research applications.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of environmental policy.
  • Familiarity with Bay ecology and issues.
  • Proficiency with Salesforce and voter files (PDI, VAN, etc.).

Work Environment and Values:

We welcome people of all cultural backgrounds, gender expression and sexual orientation to apply and thrive with our growing team. Save The Bay is an equal opportunity employer that strives to recruit a diverse workforce and provide an equitable, and inclusive workplace for all.

Save The Bay’s office is closed during the current health pandemic and all 25 employees are working remotely. We offer a flexible, virtual work environment and provide equipment, training and frequent virtual opportunities to connect.

Salary and Benefits:

The starting hourly wage for this full-time, non-exempt position is $28.85 per hour, depending on experience. We offer an excellent benefit package including medical, dental, vision, chiropractic, and life insurance; paid vacation, paid holidays and sick time; 403(b) retirement plan.

How to Apply:

This position is open until filled. To apply, please send cover letter and resume to jobs@savesfbay.org. Please make sure to include the position title – Political and Community Organizer – in the subject line.


Development & Communications Fellowship

Place yourself at the intersection of Save The Bay’s cutting-edge restoration, policy, and outreach campaigns with a position that interfaces with many different staff and subject areas within Save The Bay’s Development and Communications (DevComms) Team! Support our efforts to cultivate relationships with donors, corporate partners, and grassroots community groups. Help plan and publicize outreach and fundraising events, gain hands-on experience in professional networking and community partnership-building, and learn skills in fundraising, event planning, and online communications. The Fellow will work primarily remotely, with potential for some in-person collaboration with teammates in our downtown Oakland office and/or other venues (as public safety permits). Equipment such as a laptop will be provided.

The Development and Communications Fellow will:

  • Obtain a greater understanding about a career in development and communications with an environmental nonprofit, and concepts relevant to this field, by working with our team of talented professionals on various projects and tasks.
  • Participate in regular DevComms team meetings, and collaborate with diverse staff across our nine-person team, to learn about the team’s strategy, planning, activities, and implementation.
  • Attend regular Save The Bay all-staff meetings and learn about organization-wide programs and operations.
  • Provide support in the production and execution of Bay Day – our most significant community engagement event, which will take place during October (bayday.org).
  • Support our communications by writing social media posts using the organization’s voice, developing content for the Save The Bay blog, enhancing social media engagement, and amplifying our event reach by researching and posting calendar listings.
  • Support donor fundraising during our End of Year Giving Campaign; this is the most active time for donors to give. Tasks may include data entry, thanking donors, and assisting with cultivation tasks.
  • Conduct research on various types of donors and prospects (individuals, foundations, and corporations) and prepare summaries/reports to help the team synthesize the information and prioritize leads.
  • Conduct outreach to individual donors and cultivate meaningful relationships via handwritten letters, thank you cards, personal phone calls, and emails.
  • Gain valuable hands-on experience in professional writing, database/Customer Relationship Management (CRM) work, event planning, marketing, and digital communications.
  • Help expand our network of organizations/individuals related to fundraising and events by conducting research, forming relationships, and participating in outreach opportunities (potentially out in the community and/or at corporate sites).
  • Engage with our donor management and research tools (training provided), including Salesforce, individual wealth screening, and grant/foundation research platforms.
  • Assist with various support tasks, including database entry and maintenance, mailings, processing grant-related paperwork, and special projects.
  • Help us improve our training materials, documentation, and best practices for these tools.

Compensation:

The Devo/Comms Fellow position is 20 hours per week with an hourly wage of $15.00. The fellow will also receive a $75 per month home office stipend. The position is temporary with a commitment of 6 months, with the potential it may be extended up to one year.

How to Apply:

This position is open until filled. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@savesfbay.org. Please make sure to include the position title – Devo/Comms Fellowship – [your last name] – in the subject line.

Or mail to:
Development & Communications Fellow Search
Save The Bay
350 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Suite 10
Oakland, Ca 94612

Save The Bay strives to recruit and retain a diverse community of people with many skills and talents. We seek candidates whose experience and/or community service have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity, respect, integrity, excellence, and professionalism. Save The Bay is an equal opportunity employer.


Policy Fellowship

Save The Bay’s Fellowship Program is a highly regarded and professional program delivering critical support to staff to ensure a thriving and healthy San Francisco Bay. Fellows actively contribute to the organization and receive hands-on experience and individual mentorship as members of Save The Bay’s talented and passionate staff. This program is an excellent opportunity for professional development and offers insight into a non-profit sector career.

Sea level rise and storm surges pose a dangerous flood threat to neighborhoods, roads, businesses, and wildlife throughout the San Francisco Bay region. Meanwhile, 80 percent of the historic wetlands that would have protected the Bay shoreline from flooding have been lost to development. Upstream flooding from stronger and more frequent storms, along with extreme heat and other climate impacts are expected to increase as well, posing climate threats to communities across the region.

The health of the Bay and our local communities in the face of climate change depends on our region’s commitment to climate adaptation. We can no longer focus only on mitigating our greenhouse gas emissions and reducing energy consumption. We must design our built environment to protect communities from shoreline and upstream flooding, extreme heat, and other climate impacts and to prevent pollution from flowing into the Bay. Disadvantaged communities are some of the most vulnerable to climate change due to chronic underinvestment in infrastructure, redlining policies, exposure to contaminated sites, and other social injustices. Bay Smart communities prioritize natural solutions to adapt to climate change in these areas, support affordable housing, and invest in mass transit to improve quality of life for all Bay Area residents.

The Policy Fellow works as part of Save The Bay’s Policy Department, with a specific focus on planning, research, and outreach to support strategic campaigns to restore wetlands, prepare our communities – particularly disadvantaged communities – for climate change, and protect the health of San Francisco Bay for people, habitats and wildlife. This is a part time (20 hours per week), 6 to 12 month position. This position reports to the Policy Manager.

Primary Responsibilities:

The Policy Fellow’s specific responsibilities will vary depending on the Policy’s team’s campaigns and priorities at the time. Generally, the Policy Fellow will work collaboratively with members of the Policy team on the following:

  • Analysis of legislation and agency documents for the purposes of strategy and messaging development
  • Outreach to, and collaboration with, partner organizations and elected officials to advance our climate adaptation, water quality, and Bay funding goals
  • Drafting compelling content for blogs and other social media channels that support our Policy campaigns and priorities
  • Developing online action alerts that engage the public and decision-makers in our Policy campaigns
  • Attending public meetings online and, when appropriate, providing public comment on behalf of Save The Bay at meetings
  • Other assignments as needed

Required Qualifications:

  • Ability to quickly digest policy information and research
  • Strong research, analysis, and written communications skills
  • Ability to communicate with diverse audiences
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Interest in San Francisco Bay environmental and climate issues
  • Experience with advocacy in elected bodies or regulatory agencies
  • Social media strategy and content creation
  • Background in general or climate change planning a plus
  • Proficient in standard office applications, including MS Office suite, Google Docs, etc.
  • Access to WiFi and phone

Work Environment and Values:

We welcome people of all cultural backgrounds, gender expression and sexual orientation to apply and thrive with our growing team. Save The Bay is an equal opportunity employer that strives to recruit a diverse workforce and provide an equitable, and inclusive workplace for all.

Save The Bay’s office is closed during the current health pandemic and all 25 employees are working remotely. We offer a flexible, virtual work environment and provide equipment, training, and frequent virtual opportunities to connect.

Compensation:

The Policy Fellow is compensated at $15 per hour, and will receive a $75 per month home office stipend.

How to Apply:

This position is open until filled. To apply, please send a resume to jobs@savesfbay.org. Include in the body of your email answers to these supplemental questions. Note – a cover letter is not required for this position.

Briefly describe (100 words or less) your experience with the following:

  1. Political advocacy, and/or community service, and/or volunteer work.
  2. Social media management in any of your employment or volunteer capacities.
  3. Research experience including policy research, analysis, and/or data management.

Please make sure to include the position title – Policy Fellow – in the subject line.

Learn More About Our Fellowship Program

Gain hands-on experience, individual mentorship, and insight into a nonprofit-sector career.

Learn More About Our Fellowship Program

Gain hands-on experience, individual mentorship, and insight into a nonprofit-sector career.