Work for Save The Bay

Save The Bay is the largest regional organization working to protect and restore San Francisco Bay for people and wildlife, with more than 50,000 supporters. We protect the Bay from pollution and climate change, and restore crucial shoreline habitat for endangered species and flood protection. Since 1961, our effective advocacy has stopped massive landfill from destroying the Bay, expanded the nation’s largest urban wildlife refuge, reduced trash flowing to the Bay, created $500 million public fund to accelerate marsh restoration, and much more. We annually enlist 5,000 volunteers in hands-on habitat restoration, educate thousands of students about Bay science and stewardship, and lead the region’s annual celebration of Bay Day. Our Oakland-based staff of 30 mobilizes supporters and partners throughout the Bay Area. Our 501c4 affiliate, Save The Bay Action Fund, engages in political and electoral activity.

Read about our 2018 priorities:

2018 State Legislative Agenda
Zero Trash, Zero Excuse
Caltrans: Stop Trashing Our Bay

To apply for a position at Save The Bay, send your cover letter and resume to jobs AT savesfbay DOT org. Include the position title in the subject line.

Available Positions:

Political Director

Political and Community Organizer

Freelance/ Contract Grant Writer

Save The Bay Fellows (volunteer positions)

Political Director

The Political Director is a powerful advocate for San Francisco Bay, leading implementation of Save The Bay’s Strategic Plan 2020 policy initiatives for a healthy Bay in a sustainable Bay Area. The Director designs and oversees ambitious campaigns to double the amount of tidal wetlands in the Bay to 100,000 acres, to ensure that zero trash pollutes the Bay from storm water, and to create Bay Smart Communities that are healthy and climate-resilient. The successful candidate is a dynamic and strategic leader with the vision, judgment and persistence to see opportunities and organize political forces to realize them.  

This position reports to the Executive Director, serves on the senior management team, and works with members of the Board of Directors.  The position manages a staff of three.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Plan and manage winning campaigns to achieve Save The Bay’s strategic goals; develop work plans, tactics and budgets for policy team and volunteers.
  • Advocate successfully for Save The Bay’s policy objectives directly with elected officials, agencies, and stakeholders at the local, state and federal level.
  • Lead a team of advocacy professionals to accomplish work plans and achieve excellent results, through grassroots mobilization, direct lobbying and electoral activity.
  • Grow scope and impact of Save The Bay Action Fund political action committee.
  • Serve as a spokesperson to promote Save The Bay and its campaigns to news media, funders, and other audiences.
  • Lead a team of advocates to success on priority initiatives to benefit the Bay, employing strategy, science and power; mobilizing and uniting diverse interests and communities; and building Save The Bay’s impact, effectiveness and influence.
  • Serve on Save The Bay’s senior management team and work closely with other directors to integrate advocacy objectives throughout  the organization.
  • Identify and secure project funding, and leverage advocacy campaigns for donor support; cultivate and solicit a portfolio of individual and institutional donors for Save The Bay and Save The Bay Action Fund.
  • Support organization strategy development and policy oversight by the Board of Directors and its committees.
  • Evaluate outcomes and progress toward strategic plan goals and adjust tactics to ensure Save The Bay’s maximum impact and effectiveness.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.


  • Bold and effective leader driven to seize initiative and make an impact for positive change; strategic, creative thinker, with proven ability to see the big picture, set priorities and get results
  • Ten plus years of demonstrated leadership developing and executing successful issue advocacy campaigns, direct lobbying for policy victories, and mobilizing partners to collective action
  • Five plus years of successful program management
  • Strong and demonstrated staff management skills
  • Experienced change-maker, including directly exercising power
  • Demonstrated ability supervising and motivating employees to set and accomplish ambitious objectives, establish and implement project budgets and targeted work plans
  • Teamwork and leadership skills for effective collaboration; proven track record of building strong alliances with public officials, community leaders, and other stakeholders
  • Superb political judgment, decisiveness, and enthusiasm for Save The Bay’s mission and policy goals; familiarity with Bay ecology and issues is beneficial
  • Excellent project-management and problem-solving skills; ability to manage multiple issue campaigns, objectives and staff simultaneously
  • Strong persuasive speaking and writing skills; attention to detail
  • Computer proficiency with Windows, Salesforce and Internet research applications
  • Valid California driver’s license and favorable driving record; clean background check

To Apply:

To apply for this position, or for additional information on the opportunity, please send a copy of your resume with a cover letter to Victoria Silverman at

All applications and inquiries will receive a response and be kept strictly confidential.
Save The Bay is an equal opportunity employer that strives to recruit and retain a diverse workforce.


The Political and Community Organizer

The Political and Community Organizer conducts outreach for the legislative, electoral, and community relations programs of Save The Bay and the Save The Bay Action Fund, building local engagement and partnerships. The Organizer advocates for Climate Change Resilience through acceleration of wetlands restoration and increase of fresh water flows to the Bay; and for Bay Smart Communities through policies that promote sustainable development, reduce Bay pollution and water consumption, and enhance access to the Bay shoreline for all.

The Organizer reports to the Associate Director for Policy and works closely with advocacy and communications staff. This position includes some evening and weekend responsibilities, and travel within the Bay Area.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop grassroots action plans, constituent mobilization, and coalition-building strategies to support Save The Bay legislative and policy objectives.
  • Organize grassroots lobbying efforts; coalitions; and other actions by supporters, partners, and allies for Save The Bay’s political and policy campaigns.
  • Conduct research, reconnaissance, and outreach on Save The Bay Action Fund political campaign priorities.
  • 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 environmental quality and environmental justice; smart growth and sustainable development; affordable housing and public transit; neighborhood improvement; and open space preservation and access.
  • Engage with strategic allies to advance shared priorities; participate as appropriate in community coalitions and campaigns.
  • Help to develop print and social media content, recruit volunteers, and conduct other outreach and communications.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • BA/BS required with knowledge of environmental policy and political organizing preferred.
  • At least three years of experience leading and winning 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 Bay ecology and issues, 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 initiative and creativity; proven ability to work independently and to collaborate effectively.
  • Valid CA driver’s license and clean driving record; clean background check.
  • Proficiency with Windows, Microsoft Office, and Internet research applications required; proficiency with Salesforce and voter files (PDI, VAN, etc.) preferred.

To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to


Freelance/ Contract Grant Writer

Save The Bay is seeking a contract grant writer to be an integral part of our development team. You will develop clear and compelling proposals, reports, and donor communications in consultation with staff. The grant writer will help grow our foundation, corporate, and government grants portfolio. This is a contract position until January 31st with the opportunity to extend and reports to the Associate Director of Institutional Philanthropy. Desired time commitment is up to 30 hours per month. 

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Develop and write foundation, corporate, and government grant proposals for general operations and specific projects.
  • Work with Save The Bay’s development and program staff to understand and clearly articulate a wide array of policy advocacy, wetland habitat restoration and climate adaptation, and youth education projects.
  • Track, prepare, and submit timely interim reports, final reports, and other necessary requirements to funders.
  • Identify new funding sources and draft letters of inquiry as needed.

The ideal candidate will have superior writing and editing skills, keen interest in telling stories to better the environment, attention to detail, and a solid understanding of nonprofit fundraising. Candidates with knowledge of regional environmental nonprofits and funders are preferred. This position has flexibility and can work remotely.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years of professional experience in grant writing
  • Exceptional research, writing, and editing skills
  • Takes initiative to achieve great results
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to meet tight deadlines
  • Curiosity, entrepreneurial spirit, and a sense of humor
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a wide variety of individuals and in team settings. You must be flexible and inclusive.
  • Proficiency in Excel, Word, and Outlook

About Save The Bay

Save The Bay campaigns for a healthy San Francisco Bay and a sustainable Bay Area. We mobilize Bay Area residents to protect and restore the Bay for future generations, as advocates in their community and volunteers on the shoreline. We work with policymakers and scientists to protect the Bay—our region’s most important natural resource, which is essential to our environment, economy, and quality of life.

To apply:

All prospective applicants must submit the following:

  • Resume and Cover Letter
  • Hourly rate/preferred compensation
  • Two writing samples (attached or links provided)

Please submit all documents to by September 7th. Please put the job title – Contract Grant Writer – in the subject line of your email.

Join our Volunteer Fellowship Program and expand your resume!

Save The Bay's Fellowship Program enlists volunteers to provide critical professional support in our office and at restoration sites while gaining hands-on experience and individual mentorship as team members of Save The Bay’s talented and passionate staff. This program is an excellent opportunity for professional development and offers insight into a nonprofit-sector career.