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Communications and Development Intern, the Borneo Project

The Borneo Project is looking for a motivated intern who is interested in exploring the world of international solidarity activism, environmental justice, and non-profit administration. We are currently looking for a self-motivated intern to join our 2 person U.S. team and assist our Communications Coordinator with communications, development, and social media work. As part of a small team, this intern will be involved in many aspects of project management, and must be excited about taking on a range of tasks that can change frequently based on weekly priorities.

This is a 3-6 month internship that comes with a monthly stipend. This position requires 15 hours/week, with a minimum of 4 hours/week in the office. Interns must be based in the Bay Area.

Tasks will include (but are not limited to):
  • Research and compose relevant and timely blog posts, linking to all social media platforms
  • Generate creative and engaging media for social media, in accordance with Borneo Project protocols
  • Lead social media outreach efforts to grow our base; link up with similar organizations
  • Assist with graphic design as needed
  • Update Borneo Project website as needed
  • Assist with organizational events and outreach as needed
  • Research foundations and prospect donors for potential organizational grants
  • Help identify and coordinate organizational events and outreach
  • Lead recruitment for events, including developing materials, Facebook event pages, etc
  • Actively engage and participate in organizational events
  • Update donor database (Salesforce) with new contacts and donations
  • Process and send out donor acknowledgement (thank-you) letters
How to Apply

Email your resume and cover letter to Position is open until filled.

Center for Safe Energy

Executive Director: The Center for Safe Energy (CSE) of Earth Island Institute is seeking a dynamic, visionary leader to guide a successful, highly regarded non-profit into new and expanded activities. The new Executive Director will lead a strategic planning effort to identify new program objectives and activities and new funding sources. More information here.

The Center for Safe Energy (CSE) of Earth Island Institute is seeking a part-time office manager. The Center since 1991 has fostered exchanges among American experts and NGOs on energy and climate change with their counterparts in the republics of the former Soviet Union, especially Ukraine, the Russian Federation, and Kazakhstan. More information here.

Project Coyote

Project Coyote’s mission is to promote coexistence between people and wildlife through education, science, and advocacy.

Currently seeking an Outreach & Administrative Coordinator. Complete information is available here.

California Student Sustainability Coalition

CSSC is hiring a Campaign Director for the fossil fuel divestment campaign (Fossil Free). The Campaign Director will be responsible for supporting and providing guidance to divestment campaigns on campuses across the state of California, helping cultivate new student leaders, engaging with coalition partners, and supporting CSSC’s internal functions and development.

This position is hired at 32 hours/week. The Campaign Director’s position may work remotely (within the state of California), requires ability and willingness to travel for work, maintain active communication via conference calls and emails, and have a strong aptitude for time management and self-discipline.

If interested, please view the job description for more information on the position.

Applicants should email (1) a résumé, (2) a cover letter expressing interest, and (3) 2-3 references to the CSSC Board of Directors Chair, Lauren Jabusch: Questions regarding the position and application may also be submitted to Lauren.

Materials must be received by Friday, March 27th by 5PM. Interviews scheduled for shortly thereafter, and final decisions to be made by May 1 for flexible start date between June 1 and June 16, 2015. CSSC is a fiscally sponsored project of Earth Island Institute.

Spring Intern – Earth Island Journal

Earth Island Journal,, an award-winning quarterly environmental magazine, is looking for a Spring 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.)

Ideal candidate will provide the following services

  • Write blogs 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 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. The internship will last 3-4 months or longer.

How to apply

To apply please send resume, brief cover letter, and writing samples by March 15.

Bay Localize

Great opportunity to make a difference! Bay Localize, a dynamic nonprofit organization, leads in the emerging field of community resilience as a local response to climate change, and economic instability (see We’re looking for a technically savvy, creative, and enthusiastic web and communications professional who is passionate about the environment and social justice.

The Web and Communications Coordinator is a part-time (approx 10hrs/week), temporary non-exempt position beginning mid-June 2014 through end of October 2014. This position will be supervised by the Program Director. Follow this link to read the full description.

Part time Office Administrator Position

Bay Localize, an Oakland-based nonprofit dedicated to environmental sustainability and social justice, seeks a motivated and organized Office Administrator. This is a great opportunity to use your organizational skills to make a positive difference in the world! This position is out of Bay Localize’s office in downtown Oakland and requires 10 hours/week; pay is commensurate with non-profit pay scales.
This position is supervised by the Program Directors. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Maintain and manage financial records: handling receipts and payments, monitoring cash flow, tracking budget, and reconciling records with our fiscal sponsor
  • Manage the office: allocating staff workspaces and equipment, space scheduling, and office storage
  • Procure office equipment, supplies, and services as needed.
  • Maintain office administrative systems: formalizing procedures and organizing filing systems.
  • Maintain database system: maintaining subscriber lists, membership lists, donor base, etc by entering data database.
  • Record team meetings: Participate in and take notes at meetings, type, and distribute to team members.
  • Represent Bay Localize and LCEA on phone and in person at events as needed.
  • Assist with additional administrative and outreach tasks as needed.


  • Interested in promoting community resilience, environmental sustainability, energy democracy, and social justice.
  • Ability to take responsibility for tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Available 10 hours/week on a regular schedule.
  • Intermediate computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel, financial software, and databases.
  • Dependable, responsible, very organized, and detail-oriented.
  • Good written and verbal communication and people skills, in person and on the phone.

How to Apply:
Please include a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and your availability, along with a resume to Women, LGBTQI, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. No phone calls please. Thanks for your interest!


    New Leaders Initiative is seeking 2014 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.