Environmental Fellowship Program – Office and Field

Save The Bay

Oakland , California

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.

Fellows are selected on a variety of criteria including interests, education, experience and knowledge in environmental studies, local government, restoration science, community engagement, communications, fundraising and enthusiasm for the San Francisco Bay. Fellows participate in a field planting day, all-staff meetings, and any staff appreciation events offered during their Session. 

Fundraising Fellow (volunteer)

Gain hands-on experience in fundraising, event planning, and online communications with Save The Bay’s Development Team. The Fundraising Fellow will conduct donor research, draft online communications, maintain data in Salesforce and support Save The Bay’s fundraising campaigns and events. They will also help plan the inaugural Bay Day celebration (October 7, 2017), assisting with community outreach, partner engagement, event programming and logistics.

The Fundraising Fellow will gain valuable experience in development, marketing, public relations, event planning, social media engagement, and professional writing.

Qualifications:

  • Enthusiasm for Save The Bay’s mission and programs
  • Outgoing personality comfortable with meeting new people, answering the phone, and presenting a professional face for the organization
  • Experience and/or interest in event planning and fundraising
  • Strong writing, communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to complete tasks independently
  • Ability to commit an average of 24 hours per week during normal business hours over a 8-16 week period
  • Willingness for local travel around the Bay Area
  • Valid CA driver’s license and clean driving record

Communications Fellow (volunteer)

Join a small, talented team of non-profit communications professionals at Save The Bay and gain hands-on experience in online communications, data management, and community engagement.

Save The Bay inspires community action by providing all residents with the chance to make a difference in their own backyards through both advocacy and volunteer opportunities along the shoreline. Our communications team acts as a hub of collaboration with our policy, fundraising, and restoration staff to engage local residents in this vital work.

The Communications Fellow works as an active member of our team, gaining valuable experience in social media engagement, online advocacy, email marketing, creative writing, and data management. Learn real-world communications skills on today’s most popular platforms, including Wordpress, Salesforce, and social media advocacy tools.

Qualifications:

  • Ability to commit an average of 24 hours per week during normal business hours over a 8-16 week period
  • Interest in San Francisco Bay environmental issues
  • Strong writing, communication and organizational skills
  • Experience and/or interest in volunteer stewardship
  • Willingness to learn and use web-based tools, Salesforce database, and software programs
  • Ability to complete tasks independently
  • Enthusiasm for Save The Bay’s mission and programs

Bay Day Fellow (volunteer)

Save The Bay is seeking 1 Fellow from September through October 2017 to help prepare and execute our 2nd annual BAY DAY on Saturday October 7, 2017. Bay Day is an official day for the entire region to come together and celebrate what we love about the Bay. Last year, we reached 2 million people in-person and online, and 39 cities declared Bay Day as an official annual celebration. Save The Bay works with Community Partners - fellow nature and science nonprofits like Exploratorium and Aquarium of the Bay, as well as for profits like kayaking specialists, Sea Trek, and outdoor experts, REI - to deliver Bay conservation and celebration experiences around 50+ Bay Area locations. This year we will also be producing our own “hub events” in major Bay Area locations, as well as providing an online activity component.

As an active member of Save The Bay’s Communications team, you will gain valuable experience in social media engagement, marketing/PR, and professional writing. The Bay Day Fellow will assist with community outreach, event planning and partner engagement, helping with the following types of activities:

  • Event programming and logistics
  • Vendor research and relationships
  • Image gathering
  • Website content updates
  • Community partner fulfillment
  • Canvassing outreach
  • Merchant and collateral fulfillment
  • Event follow-up and acknowledgements

Qualifications:

  • Outgoing personality comfortable with meeting new people, answering the phone, and presenting a professional face for the organization
  • Strong writing, communication and organizational skills
  • Experience and/or interest in event planning and community outreach
  • Ability to complete tasks independently
  • Proficient computer skills (Microsoft office, outlook, google docs, etc.) and willingness to learn online project management tools
  • Interest in San Francisco Bay environmental issues
  • Enthusiasm for Save The Bay’s mission and programs
  • Willingness for local travel around the Bay Area
  • Valid CA driver’s license and clean driving record

Policy Fellow (volunteer)

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 protect the health and sustainability of San Francisco Bay habitats and wildlife and improve urban sustainability within Bay Area communities. The health of the Bay and our local communities depends on our region’s ability to develop in sustainable and equitable ways. We must begin designing our built environment to prevent trash and other pollution from flowing into the Bay. We will need to capture and reuse rainwater and recycle more of our wastewater to ease the strain on freshwater flows from the Delta. And we must support affordable housing and mass transit to improve quality of life for Bay Area residents.

The Policy Fellow’s key tasks are likely to include: evaluation and analysis of legislation and agency documents; outreach to, and collaboration, with partner organizations; drafting compelling content for blogs and other social media channels; attending public meetings; developing online action alerts; and other assignments as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Interest in San Francisco Bay environmental issues and advocacy
  • 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
  • Proficient in standard office applications, including MS Office suite, Google Docs, etc
  • Valid CA drivers license and clean driving record
  • Clean background check

Habitat Restoration Field and Office Fellow (volunteer)

Looking for some hands on experience in the environmental field? Save The Bay’s Habitat Restoration Field and Office Fellow receives three months of valuable exposure to skills in restoration ecology and community engagement. As the Restoration Fellow, you will gain experience in native plant propagation and outplanting, invasive removal, seed and division collection, and work in our native plant nurseries. You will also learn about some of the native flora and fauna and travel to several of our restoration sites around the Bay. The Fellow also gains experience in development and outreach helping our office staff promote and lead volunteer events, track our volunteer database, and assist with other assorted tasks as needed.

Field Tasks:

  • Join staff-only workdays, planting native plants at sites inaccessible to volunteers
  • Assist restoration specialists with our community-based volunteer programs at our restoration sites and native plant nurseries
  • Help with plant propagation tasks at STB’s nurseries, including seed sowing, transplanting, divisions, fertilization, culling, and nursery maintenance

 Office Tasks:

  • Help build outreach and coordination materials for public and corporate volunteer programs
  • Clean and weigh seed collections and update seed collection inventory
  • Maintain volunteer contact and monitoring data entry
  • Assist with the coordination of major events
  • General administrative duties

Qualifications:

  • Interest in San Francisco Bay environmental issues and enthusiasm for Save The Bay’s mission and programs
  • Minimum commitment of at least 24 hours a week for 12-16 weeks 
  • Ability and interest in working in the field with variable weather conditions
  • Strong writing, communication and organizational skills
  • Completion of at least two years of undergraduate education
  • Knowledge of basic html, web-based tools and software programs
  • Ability to complete tasks independently and work well in a team
  • Ability to lift 40lbs repeatedly for specific field and nursery tasks

Nursery Fellow (volunteer)

Looking for some hands on experience in the environmental field? Save The Bay’s Nursery Fellowship provides three months of valuable exposure to skills in native plant propagation and restoration ecology. As the Nursery Fellow you will primarily work in our native plant nurseries, gaining experience in transition zone native species, propagation, and integrated pest management. You will also assist the Habitat Restoration Team at our restoration sites around the bay. The Nursery Fellow will help in the following activities:

  • Support nursery manager in plant propagation tasks at STB’s 3 nurseries (Palo Alto, San Lorenzo, and Oakland), including seed sowing, transplanting, divisions, fertilization, and culling
  • Assist in nursery maintenance projects, including, but not limited to, construction, irrigation, and organization
  • Participate in seed collection activities

Field Tasks:

  • Join staff-only workdays. Projects include: site maintenance, outplanting, native seed and division collection
  • Assist nursery manager with our community-based volunteer programs at our native plant nurseries

Qualifications:

  • Interest in plant species native to the Bay Area and/or in nursery operations
  • Interest in San Francisco Bay environmental issues and enthusiasm for Save The Bay’s mission and programs
  • Minimum commitment of at least 24 hours a week for 12-16 weeks 
  • Completion of at least two years of undergraduate education
  • Detail-oriented, with strong communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to complete tasks independently and work well in a team
  • Ability to lift 40lbs repeatedly and complete physically demanding work for specific field and nursery tasks
  • Ability to work in the field in inclement weather conditions
  • Flexibility in scheduling and commuting around the bay

Please note these are unpaid volunteer positions. Please review our website to find more information: http://www.savesfbay.org/fellowship-program

HOW TO APPLY

Please review the descriptions to submit an application to the specific position that matches your background and interests.

Send your cover letter and resume to jobs@savesfbay.org with the position title for which you are applying in the subject line.