Work for Save The Bay

Save The Bay is the largest regional organization working to protect, restore and celebrate San Francisco Bay since 1961. Save The Bay engages more than 50,000 supporters, advocates, and volunteers to protect the Bay from pollution and reckless shoreline development and make it cleaner and healthier for people and wildlife. Save The Bay is leading a region-wide effort to re-establish 100,000 acres of tidal marsh that are essential for a healthy Bay. Volunteers from the community, local businesses, and schools work with our science team to perform hands-on restoration of the Bay shoreline. Save The Bay inspires the next generation of Bay activists through our award-winning restoration education programs. 

Available Positions:

Policy Campaign Manager

Online Communications Associate 

Development Associate, Grants

Students, recent grads or anyone looking to make a big difference for the Bay, please check-out our Office Volunteer Program for hands-on experience working with our dynamic teams. 


Campaign Manager

The Campaign Manager is a seasoned professional with demonstrated success in developing, managing, and winning issue advocacy campaigns. The position implements Save The Bay’s campaigns to accelerate restoration of Bay wetlands through new public funding, and to prevent bay fill projects and emerging threats to San Francisco Bay. The Campaign Manager builds and stewards high-level relationships and collaboration with allied organizations, elected officials, public agencies, and community activists to advance Save The Bay’s mission and strategic plan.  This position requires strong experience in electoral and legislative issue advocacy, keen political and strategy instincts, and the ability to manage multiple projects and work efficiently in a rapidly evolving environment.

This position reports to the Political Director.

Primary Responsibilities

Restoration Finance

  • Organize and manage strategic planning, constituency engagement, and public advocacy efforts by Save The Bay and its partners to secure robust, continuing funds for Bay wetland restoration; guide and support the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority in its mission to secure that funding and provide grants to advance restoration projects. Represent Save The Bay to the Restoration Authority and in relevant legislative/regulatory meetings, hearings, public events, and other forums.
  • Develop internal and public materials, including strategy documents, timelines, budgets, position papers, public comments, and other content to support campaigns.
  • Serve as a spokesperson for Save The Bay to promote our advocacy campaigns with the media and other audiences.
  • Advance Save The Bay’s policy goals through development and maintenance of high-level relationships with partner organizations, elected officials, and public agencies.


Bay Fill and Emerging Threats

  • Lead implementation of Save The Bay’s efforts to prevent destructive shoreline development projects in Redwood City and Newark that would fill in two of the largest remaining blocs of unprotected, restorable wetlands in the Bay.
  • Craft and lead aggressive strategies to address emerging threats to San Francisco Bay, including rapid-response and tactical campaigns.
  • Identify and pursue opportunities to mobilize broad grassroots support, build coalitions, and generate participation from Save The Bay’s members, allies and key policy makers.
  • Develop advocacy materials, including conducting research and writing reports, white papers, public comments, blogs, and other content to aid in expanding public support for campaigns.


Organizational Development & Other

  • Support the Political Director and other Policy staff in identifying and implementing effective campaign strategies and tactics, strategic planning opportunities, and cross-departmental collaboration & planning efforts.
  • Manage and expand existing partnerships with environmental, business, labor, and issue advocacy organizations, and build new ones.
  • Supervise the work of volunteers, consultants, and other staff as needed in support of campaign objectives.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.



  • At least three years of experience leading and winning issue advocacy campaigns, with increasing levels responsibility.
  • Strong persuasive writing, research, editing, and public speaking skills.
  • Experience working across multiple staff teams, developing and executing work plans, and facilitating meetings.
  • Familiarity with Bay ecology and issues, agency and legislative processes, and community-based programs.
  • Proven ability both to work independently and to collaborate effectively.
  • Experience working effectively with elected officials, community leaders, environmental activists, agency officials, and other stakeholders.
  • Passion for Save The Bay’s mission.
  • Demonstrated initiative, creativity, and collaborative work style.
  • Valid CA drivers license and clean driving record.
  • Clean background check.
  • High-level computer proficiency.


To apply for position, email with Campaign Manager in the subject line.  


Online Communications Associate 

Save The Bay is seeking a smart, reliable, web-savvy collaborator for a part-time position managing our online communications platforms.  

We’re looking for a part time Online Communications Associate who can work 16 hours per week, so this could be a great match for a freelancer or consultant who wants to add some stability the mix.

On our team, you'll work with a couple dozen sharp, passionate colleagues; you'll be part of a high-functioning organization that genuinely has its act together; and you'll work in downtown Oakland right near BART with a killer view from your office. You'll also be part of a 4-person communications team that cranks out good work, and have a ton of opportunity to make a difference in the world at a super exciting time for the organization.

You’re probably a good fit if:             

  • Unfamiliar tech doesn’t faze you because you pick new platforms up so easily
  • You understand the differences between coding a web page and an HTML email
  • You like geeking out about A/B testing and Google Analytics
  • You have big ideas, but aren’t above slogging through boring web-page updates once in awhile
  • Climate change really ticks you off
  • You <3 SF Bay
  • You’re enjoyable to work with



Web technology lead (60% - approx.. 10-12 hours/wk)

  • Develop, test and troubleshoot online communications content and functionality across multiple platforms (core website and microsites, email marketing tools, online advertising, social media, etc.)
  • Keep Save The Bay’s web content up-to-date (our principal platforms are Drupal, FormAssembly, and Wordpress) and implement new features, graphic enhancements, navigation improvements, and technology migrations as necessary
  • Manage web contractors and vendors (back-end developer, designers, domain and hosting services, etc) and tech services (e.g., Optimizely, Captcha, Akismet, etc)
  • Continually move the organization toward appropriate technologies and best practices


Testing, reporting and analysis (30% - 4 hours/wk)

  • Develop and implement testing frameworks to maximize effectiveness of online efforts.
  • Create and maintain an online-communications dashboard analyzing key metrics in web traffic, email performance, email-list health, and social media insights; Provide actionable recommendations on strengths, weaknesses, and new opportunities


Online promotion (10% - 0-2 hours/wk)

  • Manage online advertising accounts, including Google AdWords, Facebook advertising
  • Manage web and social-media promotion apps or platforms



  • Three years of experience online communications in a fast-paced, creative environment
  • Proficiency with HTML, CSS, Drupal, WordPress, FormAssembly, Photoshop
  • Proficiency with analytics and testing (Google Analytics, Optimizely, etc)
  • Fluency with email-marketing platforms (iContact, etc), email deliverability issues, and the unique requirements of coding HTML for email templates
  • Strong familiarity with Salesforce or other enterprise CRM
  • Superior skills in troubleshooting technical issues
  • Natural comfort with emerging online technologies
  • Experience working web developers and designers
  • Exceptional command of current web technologies, tools, and best practices, including but not limited to web site management, email marketing, social media, and analytics
  • Ability to complete projects on tight deadlines and rapidly respond to new developments
  • Exceptional reliability, productivity, and attention to detail
  • Strong opinions balanced by a willingness to collaborate and compromise
  • Clean background check
  • Basic graphic-design skills and proficiency are a strong plus
  • Valid California driver’s license and clean motor vehicle report

 To apply for position, email with Online Communications Associate in the subject line.  

Development Associate, Grants 

The Development Associate supports ambitious goals for institutional fundraising. The Associate is responsible for producing quality grant proposals and reports, coordinating donor events and communications, ensuring the accuracy and integrity of funder data, and providing donor stewardship.

This position requires superior writing and editing skills, attention to detail, timely decision making, database skills, and relationship management experience. The successful Development Associate enjoys being part of a dynamic team, and enjoys working with volunteers. They have a passion for Save The Bay’s programs and mission to protect and restore San Francisco Bay.

This part-time, 20 hours per week, position reports to the Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager and works with the Chief Development Officer, Executive Director, Development Coordinator, and program staff.

Grant Writing and Administration – 40%

  • Support organizational portfolio of 100+ institutional donors, including strategy and tactical support for staff solicitors to reach income goals
  • Write, proofread and edit (grant proposals, reports, letters, blog, newsletter and other communications projects as assigned)
  • Maintain calendar of grant deadlines, run monthly task reports for solicitors, provide support and follow up
  • Conduct donor research and prospect identification to build donor prospect pool
  • Ensure that donor records are current and maintain institutional files in Salesforce
  • Create fundraising reports, list pulls and other database reports as needed

Special Projects – 10%

  • Supervise fundraising volunteer for timely and accurate results; provide positive in-office experience
  • Document protocols and procedures
  • Other projects as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree and 2 years of professional experience, including some grant writing, information systems, and administrative experience
  • Exceptional research, writing and editing skills in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent attention to detail and deadlines, high-quality data management and takes initiative to improve processes for optimal efficiency
  • Aptitude to rapidly learn and manage database software (Salesforce)
  • Volunteer management experience preferred but not required
  • Valid California driver’s license
  • Able to lift up to 40 pounds
  • Clean background check


This position is part time. To apply for this position, email with Development Associate in the subject line.