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Spring-Summer Intern – Earth Island Journal

Earth Island Journal, an award-winning quarterly environmental magazine, is looking for a Spring-Summer intern who will work with us on our print publication as well as the Journal’s web component. This is an unpaid position that offers the opportunity to build knowledge and reporting/writing experience for those interested in the environment and the future of our planet. (We do provide a monthly transportation stipend of $60, and sometimes interns may be able to receive college credit for their work.)

Ideal candidate will provide the following services:
  • Write online articles on current environmental and sustainable development issues
  • Fact-check reports from contributors
  • Help editors with research (mostly web-based)
  • Help promote the Journal at events

Ideal candidate would be

  • Comfortable with writing and interviewing, and detail oriented
  • Have a strong interest in environmental and sustainable development issues.
  • Familiar with Word, Excel, email, and Web programs.
  • Able to work fast and think creatively while under deadline

Interns should commit 8-15 hours a week. Some of the work can be done remotely. The internship will last 3-4 months or longer.

How to apply

To apply please send resume, brief cover letter, and writing samples to: by February 10.

Resilient Communities Initiative (RCI) Coordinator, Rooted in Resilience

The Resilient Communities Initiative (RCI) seeks a full time Coordinator. The RCI is a coalition of eleven Bay Area social justice organizations ensuring that populations most impacted by climate change are in leadership positions creating resilience policy and programs. The Coordinator will be based out of Rooted in Resilience, located in Oakland, California, which is project of Earth Island Institute (formerly known as Bay Localize). The Coordinator is a full-time exempt employee of Earth Island Institute. Read the full job description.

Food Shift is hiring a Chef & Kitchen Supervisor

Food Shift is looking for a part-time Chef & Kitchen Supervisor for our newly launched Alameda Kitchen program! We’re excited to find someone with experience and passion for building community through cooking and education. Food Shift’s Alameda Kitchen is located at the Alameda Point Collaborative where through its unique social enterprise model it is reducing waste in our food system, nourishing the community, and providing jobs and training for people with barriers to employment. The Chef will play a critical role in helping to nurture and teach the program’s on-the-job trainees while also supporting Food Shift’s larger vision of building a self-sustaining social enterprise.

The role is a part-time production chef / Kitchen Supervisor
Time: 25hrs a week. Kitchen hours are currently 10-12 on Monday and Tuesday and 10-3 on Wed-Friday.
Salary: $25k

Key duties
  • Ensure the smooth running and professionalism of the Alameda Kitchen.
  • Adapt weekly menu to take advantage of food donations and ensure no food is wasted.
  • Supervise, educate and engage on-the-job trainees.
  • Work with Executive Director and Director of Operations to provide insights and recommendations for the growth and development of the Alameda Kitchen.
Key qualifications
  • A commitment to Food Shift’s mission and social enterprise goals.
  • At least 3 years of professional cooking or product development experience.
  • At least 3 years of experience directly managing other staff and/or teams.
  • Prefer candidates who have experience working with individuals who have faced homelessness, addiction, domestic abuse, poverty, and other past trauma.

For more information visit our website.

Internships with All One Ocean

All One Ocean’s mission is to educate people about the destructive impacts of our trash by providing a simple way for beachgoers, any time they visit the beach, to help clean up our Ocean, beautify beaches and prevent needless death and suffering to marine life. For information about the internships, follow this link.


    New Leaders Initiative is seeking interns! As an intern with New Leaders Initiative, you'll be involved in the exciting process of elevating bold, emerging, young leaders in the environmental movement through the Brower Youth Award as well as our various year-round programs. You will be exposed to some of the leading grassroots and national youth-led efforts and have the opportunity to learn the ins-and-outs of working in an environmental non-profit. A typical day could consist of working in our office, conducting outreach on the phone and email, performing various research tasks, helping to organize an educational event, or promoting our work through various social media outlets. There may also be occasional visits to schools, organizations and to youth and environmental events around the Bay Area. Intern tasks vary seasonally according to our application and program cycle and they can be categorized into these broad areas:

    • Outreach & Communications
    • Application Recruitment & Processing
    • Event Planning - Media Outreach and Promotion
    • Event Planning - Soliciting for In-Kind Donations and Program Partners
    Tasks Include
    • Recruitment: Assist our team in reaching out to a wide spectrum of schools, organizations and youth activists encouraging them to apply for our programs.
    • Event Planning: Assist in creating dynamic events throughout the year as well create a high-energy week of activities for Brower Youth Award recipients in October.
    • Research & Archive: Aggregate information about potential partners, collaborators and archive organizations and individuals the program has been involved with in the past.
    • Local Outreach: Telephone and e-mail outreach to grassroots groups, tabling at local events, short speaking engagements with campus and community groups.
    • Fundraising: Research and contact potential foundations, corporations and in-kind sponsors.
    • You may also be asked to support other areas of the organization if help is needed.

    Interns should commit 8-30 hours weekly. Internship start and end periods are flexible and can be adjusted to fit interns' schedule.


    The intern must be comfortable and confident with public contact in person and over the phone. Resourcefulness and the ability and desire to take initiative and follow through projects until completion is essential. The intern must also be able to articulate needs to the rest of the New Leaders Initiative team. Familiarity with Word, Excel, e-mail and Google docs is necessary. Graphic design skills familiarity is a plus! And of course, a strong interest in youth environmental activism is key.


    You will be interacting with some of our nation's most dynamic young activists. Hone your people skills, organizing tools, web skills and get your feet wet with one of the best youth environmental organizations out there! In addition, we're located in the David Brower Center- a hub of amazing and diverse environmental and social change organizations. Our office atmosphere is friendly, warm and relaxed!

    Our internships are unpaid, but a transportation stipend may be available.

    How to apply


    Send resume and letter of interest to Program Director, Anisha Desai by email. No calls please. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Opportunities with Earth Island projects

Below is a listing of jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities at our various projects. You may also visit our Project Directory to find a project that fits with your interests.